Finish What You Started

Do you have some college but did not graduate? Are you thinking of finishing your degree at CSU? Join Finish What You Started!

Finish What You Started (FWYS) is designed to support Colorado residents who want to finish their first undergraduate degree.

The Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative (COSI) launched FWYS through COVID-19 economic relief funds.

Some College, No Degree

  • Earned at least 1 credit from a Colorado college/university
  • Did not enroll at a Colorado college/university for at least 2 consecutive semesters (fall, spring, or summer)
    • Planned leave & university withdrawal semesters count as not enrolling

Why join Finish What You Started?

  • Financial support
    • Up to $3000 in grant funding per semester
    • Grant funding for previous CSU account balance, if applicable
    • Additional funding for educational opportunities such as summer classes or education abroad
  • Automatically become a member of Scholar Success Programs
    • Established relationship with Scholar Contact
    • Graduation and post-graduate support and success
    • Community connection with other FWYS students
  • Individual support from the Office of Financial Aid

Additional Criteria

  • Undergraduate students
  • Colorado residents including students who qualify for ASSET
  • Did not previously complete a credit or degree (of 30+ credits) from a Colorado college/university
  • Graduate within the grant term (by Spring 2026)
  • Economic impact due to the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Financial need as determined by the FAFSA or CASFA

At this time, we are prioritizing students who plan to be in residential instruction (on-campus programs). Exceptions may be made for online students with 1 semester remaining before graduation, so these students are encouraged to apply.

Application Process

  1. Students can apply online
  2. Mel Lafferty, Office of Academic Advocacy, will reach out to schedule an appointment
  3. Students need to be admitted to CSU and complete the FAFSA or CASFA.
  4. Students need to submit a graduation plan that shows a graduation of no later than Spring 2026.
  5. The Office of Financial Aid will review the student’s account for financial eligibility
  6. When the grant is awarded, students need to complete the COVID-19 attestation and release of information in RamWeb
  7. Students are connected with Alejandra Sullivan, Scholar Success Programs, for ongoing support

Program Requirements

  • Meet with Scholar Contact twice a semester
  • Attend a finance wellness workshop, attend FAFSA, CSUSA, or other drop-in hours, or connect with a financial aid contact once a semester
  • Attend a post-graduation or career-focused event once a semester
  • Complete the FAFSA or CASFA by March 1st

Campus & Community Partners