Financial Aid Timeline Updates
Due to national delays impacting financial aid this year, financial aid offers started in late April and will continue through May. CU Boulder is extending the confirmation date from May 1 to June 1 for first-year students admitted for Fall 2024. Visit the Financial Aid Timeline & Confirmation Extension webpage for details and 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 March 1. 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.