Scholarship Information

Current Students - Scholarship Information

Prospective Freshmen

Your Application for Admission serves as your application for scholarships. There is no separate scholarship application.  All prospective freshmen who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents and are admitted by March 1st will be considered.  Your high school unweighted GPA and composite test scores from either the ACT or SAT will be used for scholarship consideration.  It is your responsibility to make sure we have all the test scores you would like us to review by February 1st.  Test scores must be submitted electronically to Mines from the testing agency.  Changes in test scores after February 1st will not warrant re-evaluation of your scholarship eligibility. 

Most scholarships, including the above academic scholarships, require a student to pass a minimum of 24 credits each academic year (Fall plus Spring semesters) with a 2.5 or higher cumulative GPA. However, some, such as named (Foundation), athletic, or ROTC scholarships may have other requirements. If a student fails to meet the guidelines, scholarship eligibility will be lost. However, a one-time appeal based on mitigating circumstances may be submitted.

The E-Days Scholarship is administered by Student Activities and will require a separate application and essay. E-Days scholarships are for Colorado residents. The application becomes available in January.  A CSM Student Government committee selects recipients based on high school credentials, a competitive essay, and other information. The E-Days scholarship provides full resident-tuition for four years (eight semesters). Accepted students who are Colorado residents graduating from a Colorado high school may complete the application.  For more information, contact Student Activities at (303) 273-3234.

The Harvey Scholarship Program is a competitive, invitation-only scholarship paying tuition and mandatory fees at Mines, and is renewable for eight semesters including a summer Field Session. Two additional grants are available to current Scholars through an application process to augment their education; the Travel Grant supports Scholars in having an international experience, while the Enrichment Grant is an open-ended fund that can be used for opportunities such as academic or professional conferences among many others.

The scholarship application is by invitation only. New freshmen applicants who are U.S. citizens or U.S. Permanent Residents and have been accepted for admission to Mines prior to December 15th, and meet specific GPA and ACT/SAT requirements set annually by the Admissions Office will be sent an invitation via email to apply for the scholarship by early January. The application deadline is in late January and the scholarship award offers are made in late March.

The Harvey Scholars Program is administered by the Admissions Office.  Please send inquiries to  Please contact the Financial Aid Office if you have been awarded the Harvey Scholarship and have questions regarding the scholarship award.

Boettcher Scholarship eligibility requirements can be found at Boettcher Foundation.  For information regarding the Boettcher Scholarship Program at Mines, please send inquiries to  

CSM does not participate in the WICHE-WUE undergraduate tuition exchange.

Prospective Transfer Students

Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society Scholarship:
Transfer students, seeking their first degree, are a U.S. citizen or permanent resident and are a member of Phi Theta Kappa are eligible for a renewable, four-semester scholarship.  Students must maintain a 2.5 cumulative GPA and successfully complete 24 credit hours per academic year (Fall plus Spring semesters) to maintain eligibility.  Students will be required to provide their original PTK membership certificate as proof of membership.

Scholarship Categories

CSM Merit Scholarships:
Freshmen recipients are selected upon admission based on their high school unweighted grade point average and composite SAT or ACT scores.  We rely heavily on private donors to maintain our academic scholarship program from year to year.  Because of this, the scholarship award may be named 'President's Scholarship' or it may be named in honor of one of our donors.  Both represent the original merit award offered based on the student's admissions information.  Students receiving a named scholarship will be asked to write a thank you letter to the donor for their support.

Colorado Scholars:
New freshmen who are Colorado residents, recipients of the CSM Merit Scholarship and are determined through the FAFSA to be Pell Grant eligible will receive a scholarship to cover the remaining balance of tuition and fees for four years. Students are required to complete 24 credit hours (fall/spring combined), have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 at the end of the spring semester and remain Pell Grant eligible to retain the scholarship the following academic year.  Please contact the Financial Aid Office for further information.  

Transfer Scholarship:
Transfer students, seeking their first degree, who are a member of Phi Theta Kappa will be eligible for this scholarship.  Students will be required to provide their original PTK membership certificate as proof of membership.

Athletic scholarships are based on athletic ability. Contact the Athletics Department at (303) 273-3206 for further information on application procedures.

ROTC scholarships are offered for both Army and Air Force participants. Contact the Military Science Department at (303) 273-3380 for application information.

Adjustments to Scholarships

Outside Scholarship Adjustment Policy:
An outside scholarship from a private donor will not impact an academic scholarship, though it could impact a CSM Grant.

Additional CSM Scholarship Adjustment Policy:
If a student subsequently becomes eligible for another CSM scholarship, the student will receive the scholarship worth the highest dollar amount.  Scholarship awards may impact other need-based awards.  Please contact our office if you have additional questions.

Outside Scholarshps - Notification Form

Per federal regulation, students who are awarded outside, private or community scholarships must notify the Financial Aid Office as soon as possible. We can follow-up with the donor and be sure they have all the information they need to get the scholarship funds to us as soon as possible.

We are required to treat outside scholarships as an additional resource. If you have received need-based aid (grants, subsidized loan and/or work study) as part of your financial aid award, it may be reduced by your outside scholarship. Other aid may also be adjusted as necessary.

The Financial Aid Office updates the Student Resources link in Trailhead with the latest scholarship opportunities on a regular basis (Trailhead → Student → Financial Aid Office→ Scholarship Announcements). In addition, you can find information and links to scholarship search sites on the Outside Scholarship page.

Disbursement of Funds

The Financial Aid Office will communicate with your donor on all reported scholarships to ensure payment is received.  Privately funded scholarships are processed for disbursement to the student’s account after the scholarship check has been received by the Financial Aid Office. Scholarship funds will be credited half to the fall and half to the spring unless otherwise designated by the donor. Scholarship checks should be made payable to Colorado School of Mines and mailed to the following address:

Financial Aid Office
1200 16th St
Golden, CO 80401

Scholarship checks made payable to both the student and the school require the student to endorse the check.  Emails are sent to the student’s Mines email upon receipt of the check.

All available scholarships will credit to the student's account three business days prior to each semester.

Students can check Trailhead regarding the status of their scholarship: Trailhead → Self Service → Financial Aid → Award → Award for Aid Year → Select Aid Year (i.e. 2015-2016) → Resources/Additional Information.  Scholarships that have been paid will have “Paid” to the right of the title of the scholarship.  To see the official payment go to “Award Overview” which is the tab located to the left of “Resources/Additional Information.”