Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative Scholarship

Up to $8,000 or more awarded to students based on program of study and financial need

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What is the COSI?

COSI is the Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative that provides scholarships, financial and student support in and out of the classroom. COSI has a goal of increasing the accessibility and affordability of post-secondary education. This is made possible by money from the Colorado Department of Higher Education and matching donor contributions.

Who is eligible?

All students that meet the following requirements are encouraged to apply COSI scholarships.

What does CMC offer?

CMC has a few different scholarships and one grant available to students, but we have one application! Below are the requirements for all of CMC COSI opportunities.

Steps to be a COSI Scholar

  • 1 Submit and sign COSI Scholarship Application & Agreement.
  • 2 Once accepted, work with your designated COSI Advisor.
  • 3 Complete your credential!
Matching Student Scholarships


These scholarships are open to students who meet the requirements below.


  • Colorado residents or ASSET students eligible to pay in-state/in-district tuition.
  • Meet income eligibility guidelines
  • Must be in good standing for Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress standard
  • Have a current year FAFSA or CASFA
  • Will work towards credential or degree
Workforce Scholarships
Tomorrow Ready Scholarship
Plus 2 Scholarship
Finish What You Started Grant

To remain eligible and for continuous COSI funding, students must also:

  • Complete degree or credential within specified time according to COSI Scholarship or Grant
  • Must be in good standing for Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress standards for COSI Scholarships
  • Have a current year FAFSA or CASFA for COSI Scholarships
  • Maintain satisfactory progress toward their credential/ degree and hold a cumulative 2.0 GPA
  • Follow guidelines specified in their student agreement which includes, but is not limited to, receiving support from a designated advisor to help in their educational success


How will I know if I was awarded a COSI scholarship?

Students will receive a copy of their submitted COSI application. At the bottom (last page) of the application, students can view the final decision made. Once awarded, students may be able to see their COSI scholarship award(s) in their student portal.

Once the COSI Participation Agreement has been signed and funds have been disbursed, you will be able to see your award in Student Planning.

How do I apply?

Students need to complete the COSI Scholarship Application.

What are the income eligibility guidelines?

Students must have an income of less than 250% of the maximum permissible income for Pell grants. This is typically determined by students demonstrating an Expected Family Contribution of $14,615 or less for the 2021/2022 academic year, as determined by their CASFA or FAFSA application.

How will I know who my COSI advisor is?

Your COSI advisor will be assigned to you and will contact you through your CMC student email soon after you have been awarded.

Students who are accepted and actively participating in the TRIO Student Support Services (SSS) program will work with their designated program coordinator.

If you have any questions, contact

What is included in the student agreement?

They are those students that accepted the COSI scholarship along with agreeing to the following:

  • Meet regularly with the assigned COSI Advisor
  • Complete a Self-Assessment and similar documents, to help the advisor learn more about student needs to be successful.
  • For a first time college student, complete a First Year Experience course through Canvas or College 101: The Student Experience (AAA 101) or similar course at my campus during the first semester at CMC.
    • For more information about AAA 101, refer to the College Catalog (and search for AAA 101) or speak with a COSI Advisor.
  • Attend Student Success Workshops that may be offered at campus location (or online), with topics covering financial literacy, career skills, resume building, and more.
  • Communicate with designated COSI Advisor if difficulty with a course and/or problem to strategize for greater success.
  • Student responsible for personal success in this program, while advocating for needs.
What is the deadline to apply?

Scholarship applications are received and processed on a first-come, first-serve basis until funds are depleted for the academic year.

I meet the COSI eligibility. Why was I not awarded?

All COSI Scholarship recipients must be in good standing for Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress standards to receive their award. We encourage students to check their student portal and their student email account to review any steps they might need to complete related to academic standing compliance.

What types of costs can this scholarship be used for?

This scholarship can be used for any types of costs associated while attending CMC. These costs include tuition, fees, books, supplies, housing, transportation, child care, and other allowable expenses.