Frequently Asked Questions

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Q. Who is eligible?
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If you attend a public college or university:
Undergraduate students enrolled at state colleges and universities are eligible if they are classified as in-state students for tuition purposes. 

If you attend a participating private college or university:

Undergraduate students enrolled at participating private colleges or universities may be eligible if the college or university is approved for the program by the Colorado Commission on Higher Education and the student:

Is classified as an in-state student for tuition purposes;
Is a graduate of a Colorado high school or has successfully completed a non-public home-based educational program in Colorado;
Financially eligible by demonstrating financial need through the student's eligibility for the federal Pell Grant, or its successor program; 
Is not pursuing a professional degree in theology; and
Meets any other eligibility requirements established by the Colorado Commission on Higher Education (CCHE).

Note: "Eligible Undergraduate Student" does not include a student enrolled in an off-campus, extended campus, or continuing education class not supported by state general fund moneys, except as approved by CCHE. 
Q. How much is the College Opportunity Fund stipend worth?
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It will vary. The per credit hour stipend amount will be determined each year by the Colorado Legislature.
The amount of the stipend for the 2013-2014 academic year is $62 per semester credit hour for eligible students attending participating public colleges and $32 per semester credit hour for eligible students attending participating private colleges.
Q. Is there a cycle for refund checks?
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Yes. Because we are one of 13 Community Colleges in Colorado, we cannot run refunds whenever we choose. Refund checks are generated by the Student Accounts office once a week on Monday's (please note, these days are subject to change). If there is a credit balance by 9:00 a.m. on Monday morning, the credit will turn into a 'batch refund' on the Student's Account and a refund will be generated by Higher One. Student's will either have their funds direct deposited into their bank account or put onto their Debit Card and funds will be available one week later on the following Monday. Please remember that refunds may be held if there is a past due balance for a previous semester until payment is received in full When you see 'batch refund' on your account and have not received your funds within 10 business days after the refund date, please call Student Accounts at 502-2300 for further assistance. Again, we cannot stress enough the importance of keeping your address and telephone information up-to-date with the Enrollment Services Center.
Q. What will the College Opportunity Fund pay for? What do I pay?
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Your college or university bill will show the total in-state tuition, the amount paid by the fund (the state's share) and the portion for which you are personally responsible (the student's share). You will pay the total in-state tuition minus the portion paid by the College Opportunity Fund and minus any financial aid you receive.
Q. Do I have to reapply each year?
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No. You only apply once. When you complete the stipend application you create an account with 145 available undergraduate hours. You can receive stipend funding for these hours at any participating college in the state of Colorado.