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 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:
- 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 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 FAFSA.gov 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.