Aid for Prospective & Incoming Freshmen


Application Process

  • We encourage you to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by February 15 to ensure that you will get full consideration for limited funds. The FAFSA is available starting October 1 for the 2017-18 academic year and must be completed each year. Watch a step-by-step video guide to the FAFSA.
  • 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.
  • 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 October 1 and February 15.

Check Your To Do List!

If we need additional information to complete your financial aid application, we will email you and post a "To Do" item in your student portal MyCUBoulder. "To Do" items are listed on the first page after you log in.

Award Timeline

  • We will email an Estimated Financial Aid Award letter in December, which will provide you with a financial aid estimate for your planning purposes.
  • Beginning in Mid-February, we will send emails 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.
  • Parent PLUS loans require an application and credit check to be completed by the parent borrower on
  • Federal Direct Subsidized and Unsubsidized Loans and Parent 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.

Parent Access

Educational records are protected by FERPA. To grant your parents access to your financial aid information, you will need to complete a FERPA Consent to Release.