The Financial Aid & Scholarships Office is here to support our
veterans, active duty personnel, and family members of veterans and
active duty personnel. Students that plan to use veterans benefits
the CU Denver Veteran & Military Student Services Office to ensure
required paperwork has been completed. If we may assist you with
questions, contact us
or schedule an appointment
with an advisor.
Apply for financial aid
We encourage all students who are eligible
to complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)
The application allows a student to be considered for grants,
work-study, and loans. To be considered for financial aid with CU
Denver, complete the application by visiting fafsa.gov
and add CU Denver as a school by entering our school code (004508). To learn more, visit our applying for financial aid webpage
Veteran status and financial aid dependency status
Impacts of veterans benefits on financial aid
Students may use both veterans benefits and financial aid to pay
for their education. Upon completing the free application, a student will be
considered for grants, work-study and student loans. To learn more about
the types of aid we offer, visit our types of aid webpage.
Reporting veterans benefits on the FAFSA
Most veterans education benefits will not impact a
student’s eligibility for financial aid and should not be reported on
the FAFSA. To learn more about the benefits that should not be reported
on the FAFSA, visit our benefits page.
do need to report non-education veterans benefits on the FAFSA.
Non-education benefits include: disability, death pension, dependency
indemnity compensation and/or VA work-study allowances.
Reporting combat pay on the FAFSADo
not report untaxed combat pay on your FAFSA. Combat pay should be zero
for enlisted persons and warrant officers (including commission
officers) because their combact pay is entirely non-taxable. For
commissioned officers generally, combat pay in excess of the highest
enlisted persons' pay (plus imminent danger/hostile pay) is taxable.
Combat pay that was taxable in your adjusted gross income should be
reported on the FAFSA so it will not be used to calculate your aid
eligiblity. For more information, see IRS Publication 3, Armed Forces' Tax Guide.
Applicants are asked a series of questions on the FAFSA to
determine a student’s dependency status and if parental information will
be required. View the below information for clarification on veteran
status for financial aid. Visit student aid on the web
to learn more about dependency status on the FAFSA.
For financial aid purposes, you are considered a veteran if:
- You engaged in active duty (including basic training) in the
U.S. Armed Forces (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, or Coast Guard), or
are a National Guard or Reserve enlistee who was called to active duty
for other than state or training purposes (e.g., called to duty by
executive/presidential order), or were a cadet or midshipman at one of
the service academies, and
- You were released under a condition other than dishonorable.
You are not considered a veteran for financial aid purposes if:
- You have never engaged in active duty (including basic training) in the U.S. Armed Forces,
Are currently an ROTC student, a cadet or midshipman at a service academy,
Are a National Guard or Reserves enlistee activated only for state or training purposes, or
- Were engaged in active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces but released under dishonorable conditions
You are currently serving in the U.S. Armed Forces and will continue to serve through June 30 of the applicable FAFSA year.
Changes to financial circumstances
If the tax information reported on the FAFSA does not reflect a
student and/or family’s current financial situation, the student may
benefit from completing an Reconsideration of Income. A Reconsideration
of Income takes into account a student’s current financial situation.
Students that were recently discharged or that have had a significant
reduction in income should speak with a financial aid advisor about the
potential benefits of a Reconsideration of Income Appeal
Selective Service Registration
To be eligible for federal student aid, male citizens and male
immigrants residing in the U.S. aged 18 through 25 are required to
register with the Selective Service System, with limited exceptions. The
Selective Service System and the registration requirement applies to
any person assigned the sex of male at birth. To learn more, visit www.sss.gov/Registration-Info/Who-Registration
Upon completion of the FAFSA, service registrations are confirmed with
the Selective Service by the U.S. Department of Education.
The Selective Service System and the registration requirement for
males preserves America’s ability to provide resources in an emergency
to the U.S. Armed Forces. Males currently in the armed services and on
active duty are not required to register with the Selective Service
(this exception does not apply to members of the Reserve and National
Guard who are not on active duty). Individuals may register by visiting SSS.gov
. To learn more, visit the Selective Service webpage
or student aid on the web
Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant
If a student’s parent or guardian died as a result of military
service in Iraq or Afghanistan after the events of 9/11, the student may
be eligible for additional aid. To be eligible, at the time of the
parent’s or guardian’s death, the student must have been less than 24
years old or enrolled at least part-time at a college or career school.
To learn more, visit student aid on the web
The Kossman Scholarship was established for incoming first year
students. The scholarship was developed to support descendants of U.S.
Military personnel killed or injured in the line of duty, or are a
current U.S. military, police or fire service employee or member of
their immediate family. To learn more, visit our Kossman Scholarship webpage