Costs & Scholarships


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Thanks to the generosity of donors, Conservation Leadership awards partial scholarships to a number of incoming Conservation Leadership students in most years. These amounts vary year to year, depending on contributions to the scholarship fund and other factors. Scholarships are usually in the range of $1500 to $5000.

Western Regional Graduate Program Partnership

In 2021, the Conservation Leadership graduate program was named a partnering program in the Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP) through the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education.  This is an agreement among the 16 WICHE member states and territories, through which participating Western public universities allow WICHE-region students to attend select out-of-state graduate certificate, master’s, and doctoral programs – and pay up to 150 percent of resident tuition. At CSU, accepted applicants that are eligible under the partnership will receive a tuition discount equal to the resident tuition rate. WRGP approval and residency status is determined by the Office of Financial Aid, and you will indicate your residency status on the program application. You can find more information about the WRGP including participating states and territories, as well as additional eligibility requirements HERE.

Paul D. Coverdell Peace Corps Fellows Program

This fellowship is in partnership with the United States Peace Corps. To be eligible, a student must be a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (RPCV) and submit their  Description  of Service (DOS) with their application. This fellowship opportunity offers  financial assistance and allows fellows to develop new skills in conservation disciplines through instruction, field-work and research which values cross-cultural  and inter-disciplinary perspectives. Returned Peace Corps Volunteers are eligible for the Coverdell Fellowship, which amounts to a 33% discount on tuition for the Fall and Spring semesters (note: the discount does not apply to Summer tuition and is awarded up to three applicants).

For more information and benefits of our partnership click here.

Native American Legacy Award (NALA)

This award is a scholarship for qualified students who are citizens of state or federally recognized tribes or descendants of tribally enrolled citizens. In short, you can receive in-state tuition if you are from out of state. Students eligible to receive NALA must be:

  • Registered citizens of a state or federally recognized tribe OR be able to prove a parent is a registered member of a state or federally recognized tribe
  • Non-residents of Colorado
  • Able to attend the Community for Excellence (C4E) Fall Academic Summit.

More information about the award and the application process can be found on the NALA webpage and on the official university policy website.

Programmatic Scholarships

Conservation Leadership will also award $1,500 scholarships for up to three AmeriCorps volunteers.

Scholarship and assistantship selections are based on information in the Conservation Leadership applications. Students do not need to do anything additional to be considered for a Conservation Leadership scholarship or assistantship that is awarded by the Conservation Leadership program. However, CSU has other scholarship and financial aid programs, which require additional materials:

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