Financial Aid and Scholarships

Masters of Public Health (MPH) students in the Colorado School of Public Health (ColoradoSPH) have multiple opportunities for financial assistance. All students in the Colorado School of Public Health, regardless of their home campus, should submit their FAFSA to CU Denver (FAFSA ID Number: 004508). All MPH students are eligible for ColoradoSPH scholarships and awards, as well as for funding opportunities through the CU Denver | CU Anschutz Financial Aid Office. There are several additional funding opportunities specifically for MPH students on the Colorado State University campus.

Graduate Research Assistantships

The Colorado School of Public Health at Colorado State University funds several Graduate Research Assistant (GRA) positions for MPH students who choose CSU as their home campus. These highly competitive positions involve assisting a CSU faculty member in the Colorado School of Public Health with their current research projects. The GRA position announcement, along with application instructions, is sent out to all new and continuing CSU MPH students after admissions decisions are made, so only those who are offered admission can apply for these positions. Students work 10 hours a week for 9 months and receive a salary of between $700 and $900 per month, in addition to a $4,000 tuition stipend for that academic year. These positions are not guaranteed for a second year.

Diversity Award

The ColoradoSPH@CSU program funds a Diversity Award for new students. Awards are given each year and it provides the student with $5,000 per year for 2 years. The application for this scholarship is sent out to all newly admitted CSU MPH students after admissions decisions are made. “Diversity” is defined very broadly and it’s up to the student to tell the reviewers how they will contribute to a diverse public health workforce.


Funding is also available to ColoradoSPH students on the CSU campus for their practicum and capstone experiences. Students are not able to receive funding for both the practicum and the capstone project, and can only receive funding for one. Students submit a funding application, which is considered on a first-come, first-serve basis until funds run out.

For more information about the practicum and capstone, please visit the Practice-Based Learning page.

Conference/Training Funding

Students are encouraged to seek additional opportunities for gaining public health skills. Students submit a simple funding application at least four weeks prior to the event to be considered.

Sara Adkins, Class of 2016: used funding to attend the Public Health in the Rockies Conference in Fort Collins, CO.

The Public Health in the Rockies Conference was the perfect way for me, as a new student in public health, to get acquainted with the broad scope of the field, and particularly with public health as it relates to Colorado and other Rocky Mountain states.
Lia Menaker, Class of 2015: used funding to attend the Partners in Health “Engage” Training Institute in Chicago, IL.

Everything I learned at this training/conference will contribute to my future role as a public health professional. I can honestly say now that I have confidence in my ability to lead a team that advocates, educates, and fundraises successfully.

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Student Employment

Students in the Colorado School of Public Health (ColoradoSPH), regardless of which campus is their home campus, have a primary identity as a CU Denver student. Please see below for a description of the categories under which ColoradoSPH students are eligible to be hired on the CSU campus.

CSU MPH students ARE eligible to be hired as:

  • Graduate Research Assistant (GRA)
  • Graduate Assistant (GA)
  • Teaching Assistant (TA)
  • Non-student hourly (please see additional instructions below)

CSU MPH students are NOT eligible to be hired as:

  • Work-study (financial aid goes through CU and not CSU)
  • Student hourly (primary identity is as a degree seeking student at CU)

Please note that a student can be hired as a GRA/GA/TA or as non-student hourly, but cannot be hired in both categories at the same time.

Our MPH students are exempt from the 6-month time limit for non-student hourly positions by having a “student at other institution” form submitted to CSU Human Resources. This form verifies that the student is actually a degree seeking student in Colorado, but at another institution, and is then able to work for an unlimited amount of time. The form will need to be resubmitted every semester to continue employment. Contact Kendra Bigsby to have the student verification form sent to Human Resources at CSU.

Students can download the Employee Endorsement Form, signed by the Dean for the CSU Graduate School, in support of CSU MPH students being hired on the CSU campus and informing potential campus employers of the different employee categories CSU MPH students are eligible for.
Request a non-student hourly employment form and send direct questions about student employment to Erin Strutz.

CSU Student Health Insurance

Health insurance is required and automatically billed for MPH students taking 6 or more credits per semester who have declared CSU as their home campus. Health insurance fees are charged to your CSU account at the beginning of each fall and spring semester. Students who wish to use their own health insurance must go through a waiver process every year they are in the program.

For more information about the CSU health insurance plan, visit the CSU Health Network.