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Colorado Mesa University is committed to making higher education affordable. Starting Fall 2024 the CMU Promise guarantees that qualified undergraduate students from the 22 counties of the Western Slope can attend Colorado Mesa University and CMU Tech tuition free. 

Eligibility Requirements

  • Completed FAFSA/CASFA
  • Colorado resident from one of the approved 22 western slope counties
    • Moffat, Rio Blanco, Garfield, Mesa, Delta, Montrose, San Miguel, Dolores, Montezuma, La Plata, San Juan, Ouray, Routt, Eagle, Pitkin, Gunnison, Hinsdale, Jackson, Archuleta, Grand, Summit, and Lake 
  • For families with an Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) of $65,000 or less
  • No additional application required
    • Residency will be based on Admissions Application
  • Pursuing an undergraduate degree (Certificate, Associates or Bachelors) 

22 Qualified Counties


This program uses a combination of federal, state and institutional funds to pay qualified student's tuition. This program will be included in qualifying students financial aid packages as the last dollar in. Meaning once programs like the Pell Grant, Colorado Student Grant or CMU Merit Scholarships are factored in, CMU Promise will make up the difference up to the cost of undergraduate tuition.