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DEC 20 

Last Day to Work Fall Work-Study

DEC 24-25 

Campus Closed

Incoming Freshmen

Here is some useful information to help you apply for financial aid for the first time at the University of Colorado Boulder.

Application Process

  • We encourage you to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by March 1 to ensure that you will get full consideration for limited funds.
  • Submit your final high school transcript that confirms graduation to the Office of Admissions prior to the start of school. Financial aid cannot be applied to your bill until this is complete.
  • Check your email often and use your student portal MyCUBoulder to stay on top of your financial aid application.
    • If we need additional information to complete your financial aid application, we will email you and post a "To Do" item in MyCUBoulder. "To Do" items are highlighted on the first page after you log in.
  • View the types of aid you may be eligible for.
  • You are automatically considered for some scholarships, but more are available via the CU-Boulder Scholarship Application between November 1 and March 1.

Award Timeline

  • Beginning mid to late March, we will mail an Estimated Financial Aid Award letter, which will provide you with a financial aid estimate for your planning purposes.
  • Beginning in April, we will send postcards to notify new students of their official financial aid award offer.
  • Grants, scholarships, and work-study are automatically accepted for you.
  • Loans must be accepted in your student portal MyCUBoulder.
  • Federal Direct Subsidized and Unsubsidized Loans and PLUS loans require entrance counseling and a Master Promissory Note (MPN) to be completed by the borrower, but typically this only has to be signed the first time a loan is borrowed. Both can be completed at
  • We encourage loan borrowers to use the Loan Repayment Calculator to estimate monthly payment amounts. You can use this calculator to project how much you will borrow in the next four years.

We're Here to Help

  • We are here to help you with the financial aid process.
  • Educational records are protected by FERPA. To grant your parents access to your financial aid information, you will need to complete a Student Permission Form.
TIP: Sign up for direct deposit to receive your financial aid refund. It's required and is the fastest way to receive your funds.