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Around 92 percent of our undergrads who applied for aid and were determined to have a financial need receive some form of university-funded financial aid each year. It’s important to note though, financial aid is awarded on a first-come first-served basis. So we recommend you file your federal tax returns as early in the calendar year as possible in order to have your tax data available if it’s needed for your final application. Getting financial aid at CU Denver may seem like a daunting process, but it's actually quite simple – and fear not, we’re here to help.

Step 1: Apply for Aid

Before applying for financial aid (grants, scholarships, work-study and loans), it's important to make sure you are eligible to receive aid. To be eligible, you:

  • Must apply for financial aid every year as well as submit additional documentation as requested.

  • Must be enrolled at least half-time (graduate students - 3 credit hours | professional students - 5 credit hours | undergraduate students - 6 credit hours).

  • Must provide your Social Security number for financial aid processing.

  • Must be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen (documentation may be requested to verify your eligibility).

  • Must be degree-seeking in an eligible program as determined by the University.

  • [Male students] must be registered with the Selective Service System (SSS).

  • Must maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)standards.

  • Must not be in default on an existing student loan.

  • Must certify that financial aid will be used for educational purposes only.

  • Must certify that if you purposely give false or misleading information, you may be fined up to $20,000, sent to prison, or both.

  • Must not have drug-related offenses.


Once you've verified your eligibility to receive financial aid, applying for aid is easy:

  • Both you, as the student, and one parent of a dependent student (as determined by the FAFSA) need to have a FSA ID to sign the FAFSA electronically.

  • If you filed your federal tax return, use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool within the FAFSA to download your tax information from the IRS directly into your aid application - it's quick and easy, and will reduce how much information you might need to supply later!

  • Complete the appropriate Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) [school code 004508]

      Complete the 2016-2017 FAFSA for the Fall 2016, Spring 2017, and Summer 2017 semesters.

    • Complete the 2017-18 FAFSA for the Fall 2017, Spring 2018, and Summer 2018 semesters.​

Step 2: Complete Your Forms

Not all forms are required by all applicants. Check your To Do List in UCDAccess to know what forms we need from you.

Step 3: Receive Your Financial Aid

You're almost there! Once you have applied for financial aid, all future communication about your application will come to you via your university Webmail account. You can also check out detailed info about your application in UCDAccess:

  • The View Your Financial Aid link allows you to view your financial aid awards when they become available (we'll send you an email to notify you).

  • The Accept/Decline Awards link lets you view and accept, reduce or decline the awards you have been offered.

  • Financial aid is disbursed (paid) into your university account no sooner than the week prior to the beginning of each semester, with excess funds being refunded to you the first week of the semester.

Your financial aid package is subject to change at any time, even after disbursement. To help avoid this, be sure the amount of aid you accept does not exceed your cost of attendance nor your financial need.

Need some additional help?

Get more detailed information about financial aid processes and policies from the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office.​​

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