The College Opportunity Fund (COF), created by the Colorado Legislature, provides a stipend to offset tuition costs for eligible undergraduate Colorado resident students who are attending a state public institution or participating private institution of higher education. The stipend is paid on a per-credit-hour basis to the institution where the student is enrolled and credited to the student's account. The per-credit stipend amount will be set annually by the Colorado General Assembly.

The COF stipend is applicable up to 145 hours toward a student's first Bachelor of Arts or Science degree and up to an additional 30 credit hours toward a second undergraduate major or degree. Students can check their credit hour balance on the COF Web site linked from cof.adams.edu.

Eligible undergraduate students must apply, be admitted, and enroll at a participating institution. Both new and continuing undergraduate Colorado resident students are eligible for the stipend. Students only need apply for the COF stipend once by linking from cof.adams.edu. Eligible students must authorize use of the stipend each semester to receive payment. Adams State University students can authorize or decline the stipend at adams.edu/onestop. Eligible students who do not apply for and authorize use of the stipend or who have exceeded maximum COF eligibility are responsible for the full amount of tuition.

For a list of frequently asked questions, please refer to cof.adams.edu. The College Opportunity Fund is an evolving program and certain provisions may be subject to change.

The COF stipend is not applicable to the following courses:

  • Transcripted credits not directly attributed to college instruction, such as AP, ACE, IB, and CLEP
  • Off-campus, extended campus, or continuing education courses that are not state-funded, unless approved by the Colorado Department of Higher Education.
  • Non-credit courses
  • Audited courses
  • Courses and instruction that are fully funded under an institution's fee-for-service contract
  • All courses where the enrollment is closed to the general public, the curriculum is customized for an employer or the course is funded by customized job training dollars that are separately appropriated and outlined in C.R.S. 23-60-306 and 307.
  • All courses offered on a military base