Description and Purpose
On behalf of the Career Center, we want to acknowledge that there are often professional standards about attire in the workplace that are not always fair or equitable. Access to attire can be financially demanding on people job searching and attire standards can impact a candidate’s confidence, comfort, and ability to show up as an authentic version of themselves.
There are many factors that can play a large role in what we wear and how we’re perceived by others. Those factors can include being unable to easily find or afford attire that honors your gender, gender expression, size, race, religion, or ethnicity. Additionally, having one or more marginalized identities can mean facing pressure to dress more formally due to others’ perceptions of your attire and how that is evaluated in the workplace. This disparity is unjust, and, it is up to each individual to decide how to navigate choices about professional dress and appearance given that reality.
This fund will empower students to select attire that makes them feel confident and comfortable for their interview or workplace. Funds are generated through external revenue sources and the amount given out varies from year to year. Awards given are up to $250 for attire.
Applying for the Fund
Recipients of this money must meet the following criteria:
- Be enrolled at Colorado State University as an undergraduate or graduate student
Applicants should submit the following form which will include:
- Name & E-mail address
- Proposed expense – what are you hoping to purchase
- Where are you planning to use your professional wear? Please explain the specific things that you need for your industry or to affirm your identity that may be creating an extra barrier for you. (ex. alterations, industry specific attire, etc.) (around 100 words)
- We will be looking at your financial aid package. If your financial aid package will not accurately represent your financial need, please explain why here
- Optional demographic info
Frequently Asked Questions about the Fund
When will I hear back on the fund?
Students can expect a response on their proposal within two weeks.
How many times can I apply?
You can apply as many times as you want and the maximum a student will receive throughout their time at CSU is two full awards ($500).
Can I be reimbursed for purchase?
Funds can be reimbursed for purchases made in the last ninety days
Can I make online purchases with the fund?
Online purchases are allowed though we do recommend going to a store in person first if able to determine appropriate sizing and fitting. It is up to the discretion of the purchaser.
Who approves funding requests?
There is a committee of staff members in the Career Center who review each application individually as they are received.
Who supports the Career Attire Fund?
This program is funded by employer partnerships with the Career Center. If your organization is interested in contributing to the fund, please contact Sam Boren (Sam.Boren@colostate.edu).
Notes about the Fund
Awards may be fully funded, partially funded, or denied funding.
Please note, these funds could impact your financial aid package. Please check with the Office of Financial Aid, so you understand the impact, before you accept the funds. Here’s how to connect: https://financialaid.colostate.edu/contact-us/