The College Opportunity Fund (COF) is available to Fort Lewis College undergraduate students who are classified as in-state for tuition purposes and enrolled in classes. When a student applies for COF, they are applying to receive a state benefit that reduces the student's share of tuition. Just like a grant, it does not need to be repaid.
Students have up to 145 credit hours that they can use at any Colorado college. If a student exceeds that amount, they may submit an appeal for a one year extension at Fort Lewis College by completing the COF Limit Waiver. If additional credits are needed after the Fort Lewis College appeal process, a student may submit a CCHE College Opportunity Fund Appeal through the State of Colorado.
For further information, check out the COF Frequently Asked Questions or contact Mackie Noonan in the Student Billing office at 970-247-7380.
The College Opportunity Fund is available to Colorado residents by completing these two steps:
COF Online Student Application
There is also a paper COF Application, if you prefer to mail or fax it in.
After applying for COF, the student must authorize use of the stipend at Fort Lewis College. This can be done through the WebOpus account under Student Services, My Billing Information, and then Authorize COF Stipend. We recommend choosing the Lifetime Authorization so that you will not need to make this selection every semester. You can change your selection later if you wish. Students can verify their authorization by choosing COF Stipend Authorization History in My Billing Information.