Application Deadline:

May 15, 2024


Bright Futures offers money to help pay for college or career training just for living in Weld County while you’re in high school. There are no academic requirements to apply initially, but after your first year, you must maintain a 2.0 cumulative GPA. There are no income requirements or loans to pay back.

Just follow these instructions if you are a first-time applicant or a Bright Futures student applying for another year.

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.

First-Time Applicants

  • Be a Weld County resident your senior year plus one other year of high school.
  • Create your online account by clicking on the Create New Account button on the login page.
  • Complete your FAFSA/CASFA application, which will be available in December.
  • Complete 12 hours of community service and upload your log by the May 15 application deadline.
  • Complete the online application by the May 15 application deadline.
    • Provide the name of the school you will be attending.
    • Upload your FAFSA Submission Summary (previously called a Student Aid Report, or SAR) and provide your Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) from your verified FAFSA/CASFA.
    • Upload your completed community service log.
  • Complete all assigned follow-up requests by the specified deadlines.

Continuing Applicants

  • Maintain a 2.0 or higher cumulative GPA.
  • Complete the annual renewal follow-up that requires students to provide an unofficial transcript at the end of each semester.
    • If your cumulative GPA drops below 2.0, you have one more semester to bring it up to 2.0 or higher. If your cumulative GPA remains below 2.0 for the next semester, you will no longer be eligible to apply for Bright Futures (in any year).
  • Complete 12 hours of community service and upload your log by the May 15 application deadline.
  • You are eligible to renew your application for up to six years following graduation or eight semester awards, whichever comes first.

Geographic Region

All Bright Futures award recipients must attend a college, trade school, or training program within Colorado or its adjoining states (Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, and Wyoming).

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