Financial Aid and Scholarships
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:
- Paid internship with the CSU Institute for the Built Environment
- First Year Fellowship with the CSU Institute for the Built Environment
- Second Year Fellowship with the CSU Institute for the Built Environment
- Student positions with the Health Education and Prevention Services division of the CSU Health Network
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.
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.
Many MPH students find it feasible to work while taking classes. For full-time students who are on a two-year track, most are able to work 10-15 hours per week, and some can work up to 20 hours per week. Once students start working more than 20 hours they generally need to consider cutting back on their credit load. We do have both full-time and part-time students and all students have up to 5 years to complete the degree program.
Once individuals are offered admission to the MPH program at CSU, and they enroll in courses in the Colorado School of Public Health, they are provided with instructions for setting up their electronic ID in the CSU system. This electronic ID is what allows students to search for student employment opportunities on the CSU campus. Student positions are posted and viewable through the CSU RamWeb system.
Individuals interested in finding employment off campus may find position openings using general online searches such as Indeed or Colorado-specific sites such as the Colorado Nonprofit Association job board.
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.