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 March 1.
At CU-Boulder, our awarding policy gives priority to the neediest students, as determined by the FAFSA. Last academic year, over $238 million of financial aid was awarded. 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.
- Cost (estimated expenses, costs of attendance, how aid is determined)
- Types of Aid (& how to apply for each)
- Understanding Your Award
- Policies (how to keep your aid)
If you fall into one of these populations, we have additional information for you: