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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
  • Use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool​​ to download your tax information from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) into the FAFSA. It's the easiest way to provide your tax return information and the best way of ensuring that your FAFSA has accurate tax information.
  • Complete the appropriate Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) [enter 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 2018-2019 FAFSA for the Fall 2018, Spring 2019, and Summer 2019 semesters.
  • Complete the 2019-2020 FAFSA for the Fall 2019, Spring 2020, and Summer 2020 semesters.

**The FAFSA is available from October 1st each year.

Check out FAFSA Tips & Common Mistakes to Avoid.