How Financial Aid Works

The first step in applying for financial aid is to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each academic year. The FAFSA determines your eligibility for grants, loans, work-study, and need-based scholarships. For full financial aid consideration your FAFSA must be on file in our office by February 15. Learn about updates to the FAFSA.

At CU Boulder, our awarding policy gives priority to the neediest students, as determined by the FAFSA. Typically more than half of the student body receives some form of aid–scholarships, grants, loans or work-study employment.

The following links will provide you with more details about the financial aid process.

If you fall into one of these populations, we have additional information for you: