Where to Start

  • Apply for Admissions. You don't have to be admitted to apply for aid; however, we will only look at your financial aid application if you have applied for admissions.
  • Apply for financial aid by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). View our web page on completing the FAFSA for step-by-step videos and FAQs.
    • Recommended FAFSA Deadline: February 15. You can still apply for aid after this date; however, some funds are first-come, first-served and after February 15, funds begin to run out.
  • Apply for Scholarships. At CU Boulder you are automatically considered for some scholarships, but more are available via the CU Boulder Scholarship Application between November 1 and March 15.

Check Your Email

As you move forward with the financial aid process, we will email you about the next steps. These emails include important actions or information requests required to complete your financial aid application. It's important that you address action items ASAP.