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School Code 004508


FAFSA Priority Deadline is April 1!

Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by April 1 to be given priority consideration for institutional and state grants.


Applying for Financial Aid

The first step to be considered for financial aid is to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The  FAFSA becomes available for completion October 1 of each year.

  • To expedite the process, first-time applicants may apply for a Federal Student (FSA) ID before beginning the FAFSA. Parents of dependent students will also apply for an FSA ID and will act as an electronic signature on the application.
  • Use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool​​ to transfer your federal tax information from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) into the FAFSA. It's the easiest way to provide your tax information and the best way of ensuring your FAFSA has accurate information.
  • To allow CU Denver to consider you for an award, add us to your FAFSA by entering our school code (004508).
  • Dependent undergraduates may review the "Who's Your Parent" guide to determine which parent information will be required on the FAFSA.
  • Determine if you hold a citizenship status that is eligible for financial aid.
  • Learn about who is eligible for financial aid.
  • 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.
  • Review NASFAA's FAFSA Tips & Common Mistakes to Avoid
  • After completing the FAFSA, prepare for your next steps.

Complete the FAFSA Annually

  • Complete the 2019-2020 FAFSA for the Fall 2019, Spring 2020, and Summer 2020 semesters.
  • Complete the 2020-2021 FAFSA for the Fall 2020, Spring 2021, and Summer 2021 semesters.