2024-25 FAFSA delay
Usually, the financial aid application for the 2024-25 school year would open on October 1. However, we're expecting the application for Fall 2024 and Spring 2025 financial aid to open in late December. Visit our 2024-25 Financial Aid Application Delay page for the latest application delay updates.


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. Get details about the financial aid process.

Graduate students are primarily offered student loans, but there may be additional funding available through specific graduate departments.

Financial Aid & Your Enrollment

As of Fall 2021, the minimum enrollment status for financial aid purposes is as follows:

  • Graduate - half time, 3 to 5 credit hours (6+ is full time)
  • Law - half time, 5 to 9 credit hours (10+ is full time)

Check your enrollment status to be sure you're meeting your enrollment minimum.

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

Here is some useful information to help you apply for financial aid for the first time at the University of Colorado Boulder.