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School Code 004508

FAFSA Priority Deadline is April 1st!

Financial aid is awarded on a first-come first-served basis, so we recommend th​at you submit your application early. 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:

Verify Your Eligibility

The general eligibility requirements are that you must:

  • de​monstrate 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 your eligibility to apply for financial aid! Applying for aid is easy:

  • You, as the student, and one parent of a dependent student (as determined by the FAFSA) need to have an FSA ID to access and sign the FAFSA electronically
  • The IRS Data Retrieval tool within the FAFSA is not available currently. It may be available in the 2018-19 FAFSA. Please use your Form 1040 tax return to enter the appropriate information into your FAFSA. Follow the FAFSA instructions carefully to avoid errors.
  • Complete the appropriate Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) [school code 004508]:
  • Undergraduate dependent 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.
  • Read Reporting Same-Sex Marriage on the FAFSA to help you determine whether to report your partner on the FAFSA.
  • Allow up to 30 minutes to complete the FAFSA.

Complete the appropriate FAFSA**:

  • Complete the 2017-2018 FAFSA for the Fall 2017, Spring 2018, and Summer 2018 semesters.
  • Complete the 2018-2019 FAFSA for the Fall 2018, Spring 2019, and Summer 2019 semesters.

**Beginning with the 2017-2018 FAFSA, it will be available at beginning October 1st. For example, the 2017-2018 FAFSA is available October 1, 2016 and the 2018-2019 FAFSA will be available October 1, 2017.

Check out FAFSA Tips & Common Mistakes to Avoid.