Aid for Prospective & Incoming Freshmen
- 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. The FAFSA is available starting January 1 and must be completed each year. Watch a video for some help with the application.
- 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 November 1 and March 1.
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 highlighted on the first page after you log in.
- Beginning mid to late February, we will email an Estimated Financial Aid Award letter, which will provide you with a financial aid estimate for your planning purposes.
- Beginning in March, 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 studentloans.gov.
- 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 studentloans.gov.
- 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.