Providing financial, academic and career support to help Colorado residents return to school and earn their degrees.

Program Update

Thank you for your interest in the Finish What You Started Program at CU Boulder. At this time, we are not accepting applications from students who have not already engaged with our Academic Advisor & Program Manager.

If you are still interested in earning your CU Boulder degree, the Division of Continuing Education can provide you with options for returning to CU and completing your degree. To learn more, visit the CU Complete page or contact us at or call (303) 492-5148.

Finish What You Started Program at CU Boulder

It is never too late to complete a college degree. With the support of the Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative, CU Boulder has new resources to support you in finishing your undergraduate degree.

The Finish What You Started program provides financial, academic and career support to help Colorado residents return to school, earn their degrees and enhance their career outlook.

Why should you participate?

The program provides you with a host of support services as you work toward completing your undergraduate degree, including:

  • Scholarship funding starting at $1,500 per semester until you graduate (or through Spring 2025) 
  • One-on-one academic advising and enrollment support to understand your degree requirements and efficient avenues to completion
  • Coaching to promote self-exploration, develop academic and life skills and facilitate goal setting and accountability 
  • Career advising to explore your interests and help you navigate the transition to the workforce, including assistance with on-campus employment, internships and a full-time job after graduation
  •  Financial consultation to understand available federal aid, other scholarships and the possibility of more funding to support you 
  • Access to additional CU Boulder student success resources

Online opportunities to finish your degree may be available. Consult with your advisor to learn more.

Who is eligible?

To participate, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a Colorado resident
  • Be pursuing your first degree
  • Have completed credits that are applicable to a CU Boulder degree
  • Plan to complete your degree in Spring 2025 or sooner 
  • Not have enrolled in a higher education institution over two consecutive semesters
  • Are or have been previously enrolled at CU Boulder
  • Have been impacted economically by the pandemic
  • Have demonstrated financial need (ex. Pell eligible, unemployed, etc.)

Even if you don’t qualify for the Finish What You Started program, CU Boulder’s Division of Continuing Education can still help you finish your degree. To learn more, contact us at or (303) 492-5148.

Contact Information

Have questions about the program? Email us at or call us at (303) 492-9671.