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Financial Aid

To apply for financial aid at the University of Colorado Denver, please complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The University reviews applications on a first come, first served basis throughout the year.  The school code is 004508. Students must complete the FAFSA to be considered for federal financial aid (federally funded student loans, grants and work-study).


In order to qualify for financial assistance from CU Denver, you must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen
  • Be enrolled for a minimum number of credits as specified in the financial aid policies.
  • Meet the minimum requirements of Financial Aid Academic Standards.
  • Apply for financial assistance by submitting all of the required documentation.
  • Not be in default on any student loan or owe a refund on any educational grant.
  • Be registered with the Selective Service (male applicants only and only if you were born after 1959).
  • Be accepted into CU Denver as a degree-seeking student before aid can be awarded... but you can apply for aid now. Do not wait to be admitted.


2018-2019 Teach Grant Interest Form

Through the College Cost Reduction and Access Act of 2007, Congress created the Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant Program that provides substantial grants to students who intend to teach in a public or private elementary or secondary school that serves students from low-income families. In exchange for receiving a TEACH Grant, you must agree to serve as a full-time teacher in a high-need field in a public or private elementary or secondary school that serves low-income students and teach for at least four academic years within eight calendar years of completing the program of study for which you received a TEACH Grant. 

Stafford Loan Forgiveness Program for Teachers

The Teacher Loan Forgiveness Program is intended to encourage individuals to enter and continue in the teaching profession. Under this program, individuals who teach full- time for five consecutive, complete academic years in certain elementary and secondary schools that serve low-income families and meet other qualifications may be eligible for forgiveness of up to a combined total of $17,500 in principal and interest on their FFEL and/or Direct Loan program loans.

Public Service Loan Forgiveness

If you are employed by a government or not-for-profit organization, you may be able to receive loan forgiveness under the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program. Learn more​

Other Grants

As a CU Denver student, you may be eligible for these other grants.

Work Study

Federal College Work-Study is a need-based program that allows you to work on a part-time basis, on campus or off campus, at non-profit agencies to help meet your educational costs.

Student Employment

Find a job on or off campus.

Employer Tuition Benefits

You may be eligible for employer tuition benefits through your company or organization. Please contact your Human Resources department for more information. CU employees, spouses or dependents may be eligible for a tuition waiver

Military Benefits

If you, your spouse or parent is currently serving in the military or is a veteran, you may quality for military benefits​.

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