Students seeking financial aid are required to apply every year using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Get details about the 2021-22 financial aid process, view step-by-step FAFSA help videos, or learn more about how aid works.

Although applying for financial aid is basically the same for all students, we want to provide more specific information based on where you are:

Additional Information for International, Undocumented & Veteran Students

International Students

International students are not eligible for federal financial aid. The Office of International Education may have other resources available.

Undocumented (ASSET/DACA)

Undocumented students, including Student Eligible under the Colorado ASSET Bill and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), may be eligible for some university funds.

Veteran Students

Students who are eligible to receive veterans educational benefits will work with our office to have their benefits certified.

Financial Aid for Special Programs

The following programs offered at CU Boulder may impact your financial aid eligibility.

Accelerated & Concurrent (BA/MA) Degrees

Students enrolled in a concurrent bachelor's and master's degree program will see a change in their financial aid eligibility when graduate student status is met.

Continuing Education (online & flexible)

Students enrolled in Continuing Education courses may have different eligibility for aid. If you are considering taking a flexible, online or other course through Continuing Education, please read more for information.

Nondegree (preparatory or re-certification)

If you are not formally admitted into an undergraduate program, but would like to enroll in preparatory courses necessary for admission, you may enroll through Continuing Education. Federal loans may be available to you on a limited basis.

Education Abroad (Study Abroad)

Financial eligibility for these programs varies, so review this page to ensure that your plans are financially feasible.

Summer School

Financial aid is available to students who are interested in attending summer school or earning work-study in between two academic years.