Application Deadline:

May 15, 2024

For Students

Get Free Money for School!

Get up to $14,000 to help pay for college, trade school, or a training program just for living in Weld County while you’re in high school! Bright Futures wants to help you earn a degree or certification so you can get a job doing what you want to do.

  • No academic requirements to apply the first year.
  • No income requirements and no loans to pay back. The money is a gift from Bright Futures for living in Weld County.
  • Home-schooled students, GED earners, and honorably discharged veterans are encouraged to apply.
  • Use the money toward tuition, fees, books, transportation, and/or a computer for school.
  • Create your online account by clicking on the Create New Account button on the login page.
To apply, you must live in Weld County your senior year plus one other year of high school.

Depending on the school you attend, you may receive:

  • $1,750 per semester/$3,500 per year/$14,000 over eight semesters – Attend a school or program based in Weld County, whether it is a two-year college, a four-year university, or a certificate/training program.
  • $1,000 per semester/$2,000 per year/$8,000 over eight semesters – Attend a school or program in Colorado outside of Weld County or in any of Colorado’s seven bordering states (Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Arizona, or Utah).
You must attend school in Colorado or one of its border states to be eligible for Bright Futures.

Four Easy Steps to Applying for Bright Futures


Read the Requirements

Know what’s expected of you as an applicant.


Fill Out Your FAFSA/CASFA.

You need data from this form to apply for Bright Futures.


Volunteer Your Time.

Spend 12 hours helping in the community and upload the log.


Complete Your Application.

Fill it out online and upload the required information before the deadline.

Don’t Forget the Application Deadline!

The deadline to complete the application or renewal process is May 15 at 5:00pm each year. If you miss the May 15 deadline for any reason, you will not be eligible to apply for Bright Futures funds again until the next school year.

The application will be available in January. Please check back.