Nondegree Students

Students who wish to take CU Boulder courses but are not currently admitted to a degree program at the university are classified as “nondegree students.” Typically you are not eligible for financial aid as a nondegree student. However, to qualify for federal loans we offer the following recommendations and requirements:

  • You are limited to federal loans and private loans. If you are eligible for federal loans, it will be at the undergraduate level.
  • You must enroll in a minimum of 6 hours each semester you are receiving federal aid.
  • Eligibility is limited to a maximum of 3 consecutive terms (i.e. fall, spring, summer).
  • Enrolling in Independent Learning or self-paced courses is NOT recommended.

How to Apply - Undergraduate Students

Step 1 Meet with an advisor in the Office of Admission to have the Admissions Counseling Form completed.
Step 2 Bring the Admissions Counseling Form with you to meet with a CE Academic Advisor. The CE Advisor will complete the Continuing Education Course Certification Form to certify that you are indeed taking preparatory courses for an undergraduate program.
Step 3 You will need to complete the Contract for Nondegree Aid and submit all forms to the CE financial aid counselor.
Step 4 The CE financial aid counselor will determine if you are eligible for federal loans.

How to Apply - Graduate Students

Step 1 Meet with a graduate advisor at the school in which you intend to be admitted (Teacher Certification students will meet with an education academic advisor) to have them complete the Continuing Education Course Certification Form which certifies that you are indeed taking preparatory courses for a graduate  or teacher certification program.
Step 2 You will need to complete the Contract for Nondegree Aid and submit all forms to the CE financial aid counselor.
Step 3 The CE financial aid counselor will determine if you are eligible for federal loans.

View more information on Continuing Education & financial aid.