A new way to pay for your University of Colorado Boulder education
CU Engineering is standing behind student success with income share agreements (ISAs). With a CU Engineering ISA, you’ll only pay when you succeed.
The College of Engineering and Applied Science is committed to your future. Through our ISA program, you can access up-front tuition funding for your CU education. In return, you’ll make up to 81 monthly income-based payments. You’ll only pay in months you meet the minimum income threshold ($3,333.33/month, equivalent to $40,000/year), and as long as you remain in compliance with your ISA, you’ll never pay more than 1.55x the funding amount you received. Browse this site for more information, and visit the Resource Center for additional materials to help you navigate ISAs. For more information or an invitation to apply, contact CU Engineering's Scholarship Office.
What Is an Income Share Agreement (ISA)?
University of Colorado Boulder’s ISAs are contracts between you and the university that provide funding for your education. In exchange, you agree to share a fixed percentage of your future gross monthly income after you leave school. Here are some of the key terms you should know before you sign an ISA:
Benefits of an ISA
- Income-based payments: When your income is low, your ISA payments scale down with your earnings.
- Downside protection: You’ll only make payments in months when you meet the minimum income threshold.
- Built-in ISA expiration: If your payment window closes before you reach the maximum number of monthly payments or payment cap, your ISA will automatically expire, provided that you’ve made your payments as required whenever you earned above the minimum income threshold. Your contract may expire even if you’ve paid less than your initial funding amount or nothing at all.
Becoming the premier destination for every engineering student in Colorado requires that we help provide the resources they need to succeed — academically, emotionally and financially. Our new income share agreement program provides another supportive mechanism to ensure that students from all backgrounds can complete their education and launch their careers. We know that CU Engineering graduates create solutions that drive the economy, security and quality of life of our state and nation. The ISA program is a solution for our graduates that makes sure they have that opportunity.
Keith Molenaar Interim Dean
Here are the steps to take if you’re interested in learning more about an ISA.
Evaluate all your financing options
Visit the Student Resources page to find a Financial Fitness Quiz and other ISA resources. Consider your available options.
Contact an advisor
Consult with the College of Engineering and Applied Science’s Program Manager for Scholarships and College Affordability and a trusted financial advisor about whether an ISA is right for you. If you decide you want to sign an ISA, ask for an invitation to apply.
Complete your ISA registration.
You’ll receive an email invitation to register for your ISA. Review the terms and, if you choose to proceed, sign the contract digitally. Your ISA amount will then be credited toward your tuition on the designated disbursement date(s).
Contact an Advisor
Complete the form below, and a dedicated advisor within the College of Engineering and Applied Science will reach out to answer your questions and help you apply for an ISA.