Financial Support

In addition to offering financial aid, CMU offers hardship grants and loans when an unexpected financial burden jeopardizes students’ ability to continue their education. For more information, go to 

Each year, the Montrose campus hires students to work at the service counter in the Branscome Center and second-year students to work as student tutors and mentors.  If you are interested part-time job on campus, contact Donna Justin (

The Sharing Ministries Food Bank (49 North 1st Street) runs a supplemental food program for low-income residents in the region.  If you qualify, you will receive a free box of groceries on a monthly basis. For more information, call 970.240.8385 or visit their website or email

Montrose County provides several services for low-income residents and families.  For information about each service, call 970.252.5000 or visit their office at 1845 South Townsend.

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)/Colorado Works

This program provides cash assistance to low-income families.

Colorado Childcare Assistance Program

This program provides reduced cost childcare for low-income parents enrolled in a training or education program, including CMU Montrose. For information call Gina Sharpe at 970.252.5016.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

SNAP assists eligible low-income Colorado residents or families with the cost of purchasing food.  To participate in this program, pick up a public assistance application at the county office.

WIC (Women, Infants & Children) Program

WIC provides food assistance for mothers with an infant or child under the age of 5. 

Located on 504 N. 1st Street, the workforce center has a free youth services program (under 25 years old) that includes financial assistance for students in certain academic programs.

Contact Ann Hasse, 970.249.7783, extension 16