Scholarship Information

Prospective Freshmen

All freshmen who are U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents and who are fully admitted prior to May 1 will be automatically evaluated for merit scholarships.  These awards may be funded through the institution (known as the President’s Scholarship) or from the Mines Foundation.  Your application for Admission serves as your application for scholarships, there is no separate scholarship application.  The President’s Scholarship does not require the submission of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), but need-based scholarships do require a FAFSA on file.  We recommend all incoming freshmen complete the FAFSA their first year.

The President’s Scholarship is determined by the highest composite test score (we do not superscore) and the student’s unweighted high school GPA.  The composite test score for the SAT is a combination of the Critical Reading and Math portions of the exam.

Any new official test score or updated official GPA received before February 1 will be considered for merit scholarships.  Test scores must be submitted electronically to Mines from the testing agency.  Official high school transcripts must be submitted to the Admissions Office for an updated GPA.

Students are awarded merit scholarship for 4 years of undergraduate coursework. Scholarship awards are based on residency classification; a change to residency will result in an adjustment to the award.  Scholarships require a student to pass a minimum of 24 credits each academic year (Fall plus Spring semesters) with a 2.500 or higher cumulative GPA.  If a student fails to meet these requirements, scholarship eligibility will be lost. However, a one-time appeal based on mitigating circumstances may be submitted.

2017-2018 Colorado Resident Merit Scholarship Eligibility Criteria

Official Unweighted GPA ACT Old SAT* New SAT** Merit Scholarship Award
3.500 ≥ 34 ≥ 1510 ≥ 1540 $5,000
3.750 29-33 1300-1500 1360-1530 $2,500
4.000 27-28 1220-1290 1290-1350 $2,500

* Old SAT refers to any SAT exams taken before March 2016.
**New SAT refers to any SAT exam taken March 2016 or later.

†  Students who meet this merit level and are determined to be Pell Grant eligible through the FAFSA will be considered a Colorado Scholar and receive a Colorado Scholar Scholarship that will cover the remaining cost of tuition and fees.  They will also receive an additional $5,000 for living expenses per year.

‡  Students who meet this merit level and are determined to be Pell Grant eligible through the FAFSA will be considered a Colorado Scholar and receive a Colorado Scholar Scholarship that will cover the remaining cost of tuition and fees.

2017-2018 Non-Resident Merit Scholarship Eligibility Criteria

Official Unweighted GPA ACT Old SAT* New SAT** Merit Scholarship Award
3.250 27-28 ≥ 1220 ≥ 1290 $9,000
3.500 ≥ 29 ≥ 1300 ≥ 1360 $12,000
3.750 ≥ 33 ≥ 1460 ≥ 1500 $14,000
4.000 ≥ 31 ≥ 1380 ≥ 1430 $14,000

* Old SAT refers to any SAT exams taken before March 2016.
**New SAT refers to any SAT exam taken March 2016 or later.


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 Mines 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 15, 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 mid-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 admissions@mines.edu. Please contact the Financial Aid Office if you have been awarded the Harvey Scholarship and have questions regarding the scholarship award.


The Path Ambassadors to High Success (PATHS) Scholarship is a new scholarship program that offers an exciting opportunity for academically talented, low-income students in Colorado to study Computer Science (CS) at Mines. Colorado high school seniors and community college transfer students who are accepted for admission to Mines by January 1, express interest in a CS major, and meet the PATHS eligibility criteria will be invited to apply for one of 10 – 20 PATHS Scholarships to be awarded in amounts averaging $5,000 annually (maximum award of $10,000 annually in certain cases).  Awards are renewable for a maximum of eight semesters for PATHS Scholars who maintain program standards.

In addition to providing financial assistance, PATHS empowers students through on-campus communities that provide a spectrum of activities, support services, career guidance, and university resources to encourage scholars through successful completion of their undergraduate CS degree. PATHS Scholars also become Mines Ambassadors to conduct K-12 outreach at Colorado schools.  The PATHS Priority Application Deadline is January 31 with award offers distributed by late March. On a funds-available basis, invitations may be sent to later-admitted eligible students to apply by an Extended Application Deadline of March 31. 


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


Mines 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, maximum six semester scholarship. Students must maintain a 2.500 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

Mines Merit Scholarships:
Freshman 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 Mines 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:
Scholarships awarded upon admission will not be adjusted due to outside scholarships unless the outside scholarship is for tuition and fees or causes the total student award to exceed the student’s cost of attendance. Grants and other aid could be impacted by outside scholarships if the total of the student’s scholarships and grants exceed the total of tuition and fees, plus $1,000.

Additional Mines Scholarship Adjustment Policy:
If a student subsequently becomes eligible for another Mines 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 Scholarships

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.

Report Your Scholarship

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.”

Contact Us

Financial Aid Office
  Ben Parker Student Center
1200 16th Street
Golden, CO 80401
  303-273-3301
  FAX: 303-384-2252
Toll-free: 1-888-446-9489
  finaid@mines.edu


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