Master 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 funding opportunities through the CU Denver | CU Anschutz Financial Aid Office.

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 $5,000 tuition stipend for that academic year. These positions are not guaranteed for a second year.


All CSU MPH students are eligible to apply for scholarships and awards through the ColoradoSPH.  These school-wide opportunities include:

  • Judith Albino Diversity Scholarship Fund
  • Hamman-Hoffman Epidemiology Scholarships
  • Hoffman Communicable Disease Control Scholarships
  • Moran Scholarship Fund
  • Orleans Graduate Research Fund
  • ColoHealth “Health Care in America” Scholarship

The ColoradoSPH at CSU funds a Diversity Award for new CSU MPH 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.

Other Funding Opportunities at CSU

Additional funding opportunities for MPH students on the CSU campus include:


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.

John Commissaris, Class of 2017: used funding to attend the Public Health in the Rockies Conference in Breckenridge, CO.

The professional networking that takes place at PHiR provided me with multiple names I can reach out to discuss my own academic inquiries, a resource for troubleshooting when working on my capstone, and individuals I would feel comfortable reaching out to about employment opportunities in the future.
Katie Key, Class of 2018: used funding to attend the Nutrition Education & Breastfeeding Promotion Conference in Denver, CO.

I would highly recommend students attend conferences regarding things they are passionate about. It refreshed my sense of purpose as a public health student as well as helped guide me towards what kind of public health professional I want to be.

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