Financial aid is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, so we recommend that you submit your application early. Getting financial aid at CU Anschutz may seem like a daunting process, but it's actually quite simple - and fear not, we're here to help:
Verify Your Eligibility
The general eligibility requirements are that you must:
- demonstrate financial need (for most programs);
- be a U.S. citizen or an eligible noncitizen;
- have a valid Social Security number (with the exception of students from the Republic of the Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, or the Republic of Palau);
- be registered with Selective Service, if you’re a male (you must register between the ages of 18 and 25);
- be enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a regular student in an eligible degree or certificate program;
- be enrolled at least half-time;
- maintain satisfactory academic progress;
- sign the certification statement on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) stating that:
- you are not in default on a federal student loan and do not owe money on a federal student grant; and
- you will use federal student aid only for educational purposes; and
- show you’re qualified to obtain a college education by
- having a high school diploma or a recognized equivalent such as a General Educational Development (GED) certificate;
- completing a high school education in a homeschool setting approved under state law (or—if state law does not require a homeschooled student to obtain a completion credential—completing a high school education in a homeschool setting that qualifies as an exemption from compulsory attendance requirements under state law); or
- enrolling in an eligible career pathway program and meeting one of the "ability-to-benefit" alternatives.
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Apply for Financial Aid
Congratulations on meeting the eligibility requirements to receive financial aid! Applying for aid is easy:
Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)*:
- You must have an FSA ID.
- A parent of a dependent student (as determined by the FAFSA) must have an FSA ID to sign the FAFSA electronically.
- Your FSA ID will be good for the number of years that you are applying for financial aid from your undergraduate to your graduate degrees.
- Store your FSA ID in a secure location and do not share it with anyone.
The IRS Data Retrieval Tool will be available for the 2018-2019 FAFSA. Please use this tool to download your tax information from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to the FAFSA.
REMINDER: Apply for financial aid every year, as well as, submit additional documentation if requested.
Undergraduate student: Use the "Who's Your Parent" infographic to help you determine who's your parent when filling out the FAFSA.
Graduate/professional students are not required to report parent income and information on the FAFSA.
Allow up to 30 minutes to complete the FAFSA.
Check out FAFSA Tips & Common Mistakes to Avoid.
*Complete the appropriate FAFSA:
- The 2018-2019 FAFSA is for the 2018 Fall, 2019 Spring, and 2019 Summer semesters.
- The 2019-2020 FAFSA is for the 2019 Fall, 2020 Spring and 2020 Summer semesters.
The FAFSA is available at FAFSA.gov beginning October 1st of each year. For example, the 2019-2020 FAFSA is available October 1, 2018.