Financial Aid

Financial aid can help you pay for your degree. It consists of grantswork-studyloans, and scholarships, all of which help to make your college education more affordable. 

The process of receiving financial aid starts with submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This is the standardized application developed by the U.S. Department of Education. Financial aid is awarded based on need, which is determined in part by annual income. We recommend you (or your parents) file federal tax returns as early as possible in order to be better prepared. 

The information you submit via the FAFSA will allow the university to determine how it can help you meet your financial needs. To continue to receive financial aid throughout your student journey, you must submit the FAFSA each year.

female student holding book with text on photo: FAFSA School Code – 004508

Applying for Financial Aid

Once you have verified your eligibility to receive financial aid, you must: 

  • Create a Federal Student Aid (FSA) ID. This will allow you to sign the FAFSA electronically. If you are a dependent student as determined by the FAFSA, one parent must also create an FSA ID
  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Use school code 004508 to ensure CU Denver receives a copy of your results. 

Complete the FAFSA Form

Use the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form to apply for financial aid for college or graduate school. Use school code 004508 to ensure CU Denver receives a copy of your results.