First Generation Award Program

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The 2021-2022 FGA Application will open on October 1st, 2020 and close on March 1, 2021.  Students can access the application through the CSU Scholarship Application (CSUSA)

PLEASE NOTE: Students are only eligible to apply upon initial admission/enrollment. Current CSU students are not eligible to apply.


Colorado State University-Fort Collins campus is pleased to announce the open application period for the First Generation Award Program. The selection process is extremely competitive and there are a limited number of awards available.  The award amount is up to a maximum of $4,000 annually, and is contingent upon full-time enrollment at the Fort Collins campus during both the fall and spring semesters of the 2021-2022 academic year.  The award carries the possibility of renewal.



The purpose of the program is to encourage participation in higher education by first generation college students who have significant financial need (as defined by standard calculations based on financial aid application information), and to promote diversity within the University’s student population.

A “first generation college student” is a person whose parents have never earned a bachelor’s or graduate degree.  “Diversity” includes persons with diverse social/economic backgrounds and experiences who have traditionally been underrepresented in higher education and for whom traditional support has been limited; and includes, but is not limited to, ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities (including both physical or learning), and those with experience in or a commitment to promoting an awareness or appreciation of diversity.



To be eligible to receive a First Generation Award, applicants must:

  • Be a first generation student (neither parent nor student has received a bachelor’s or graduate degree).
  • Be a newly admitted student (for Summer 2021 or Fall 2021) in a degree program at Colorado State University-Fort Collins campus by March 1, 2021.  (We recommend that you apply for admission by the February 1, 2021 priority application filing date.)  *Currently enrolled students, full-time CSU Online students, and/or CSU-Global students are not eligible to apply.*
  • Demonstrate potential for academic success (as reflected by a high school or transfer Grade Point Average).
  • Not have earned a Bachelor’s Degree.
  • Document financial need according to the 2021-2022 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at or completion of the ASSET Financial Aid Application and supporting financial aid documents
  • Be a legal resident of Colorado; OR can be classified as an in state student for tuition purposes in accordance with the Colorado ASSET Bill, Senate Bill 13-033. If you are eligible under the Asset Bill, the ASSET Financial Aid Application will need to be submitted in place of the Institutional Aid Application by March 1, 2021; OR be eligible to receive the Native American Legacy Award ( 
  • Plan to enroll full-time at Colorado State University, Fort Collins campus during the 2021-2022 academic year and subsequent academic years.  Full-time enrollment implies that a student is enrolled in at least 12 regular on-campus credits per semester.  Test-Out and Audited Courses are not considered regular on-campus credits. (Students may be awarded who are entering in summer 2021; however, funds are disbursed only for the fall and spring semesters.  The award is not available for new students entering the spring 2022 semester.)
  • Be a U.S. citizen; OR an eligible noncitizen (see FAFSA at for description of eligible noncitizen); OR be classified as an in-state student for tuition purposes in accordance with the Colorado ASSET Bill, Senate Bill 13-033.


A complete application consists of the following: First Generation Award Application, including essay responses.

  • First Generation Award Application through the CSU Scholarship Application (CSUSA), including essay responses. Please see below for more information on how to get to the application.
  • Financial Aid Application. Complete the 2021-2022 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), at by March 1, 2021. List Colorado State University as a school choice to receive the results of your FAFSA. Our school code is 001350. Submit any additional documents requested by the Office of Financial Aid as soon as possible. If you are instead eligible under the Colorado ASSET Bill, the completed ASSET Financial Aid Application is due by March 1, 2021. See your, Financial Aid, 2021-2022, Requirements page for further information or contact the Office of Financial Aid with questions at (970) 491-6321.

Incomplete applications will NOT be considered. You may or may not be notified that your application is incomplete until the selection process is over, so we recommend that you check your application carefully to be sure it is complete prior to submitting it to the University.


First Generation Award Program FAQs



The First Generation Award application is available through your RamWeb beginning October 1, 2020 and will close on March 1, 2021.

Go to RAMweb, log in using your eID, and then select the CSU Scholarship Application (CSUSA) link. You can then search for the First Generation Award application.

For prospective students, once you submit an application for admission and it is processed, the Office of Admissions e-mails you information on how to establish your eID (electronic ID). Once you have established your eID (eName and ePassword), you are able to access and the CSUSA. If you need help establishing your eID, contact the Office of Admissions at (970) 491-6909 or

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Click here for application information

Resources : FGA

Office of Financial Aid 970-491-6321


FAFSA – Free Application for Federal Student Aid


Educational Opportunity Center

(can assist first generation college students with FAFSA completion and scholarship search help)


Located at 1405 S. College (College and Lake Street)

What They Say : FGA

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“This scholarship has allowed me to focus all of my efforts on schoolwork and extracurricular activities instead of worrying about how I’m going to pay for college.”
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“I have had a wonderful time this past year as a first generation student while being exposed to a whole world that I never knew existed.”
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“As a result (of receiving the financial support of the FGA) I have chosen to explore CSU and some of the many opportunities that this great university has to offer.”
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“I am happy to report that my GPA for this last semester was a 3.916. I am very fortunate to be part of this program, and am looking forward to continuing my education. Thanks so much for making me a part of the FGA family and for helping to make a dream a reality.”
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“Sometimes we’re afraid of reaching for something, thinking that it’s unobtainable, and we convince ourselves that it just wasn’t meant to be. I guess I am learning with age that the hard stuff takes time and the impossible just takes a little longer (as someone somewhere once said).”
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“I truly feel that the best way for me to pay back the opportunities from which I benefitted, is to make sure that I have some part in seeing that other students are afforded just the same kind of opportunities, especially those students who might otherwise not have the chance to continue their educational aspirations.”
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“Had I not received the First Generation Scholarship… I very definitely would not have been in a position to try to provide that very same kind of assistance to other students (at the high school where I now teach) who so richly deserve to benefit from the same type of assistance in continuing their educational endeavors.”