Updated: July 9, 2021
This page is intended to provide information about COVID-19 and its impact to student financial aid. We will continue to update this information to address the changing status of COVID-19.
For the fastest service, we encourage students and their families to contact us remotely as in-person staffing remains limited at this time. For billing, residency status and admission questions, view Enrollment Services Hours & Contact Info.
New Admits for 2021-22
- If you defer admission until Spring 2022, the spring portion of your financial aid offer will still be available. You must contact admissions in order to defer, otherwise your aid may be canceled.
- If you defer admission until Fall 2022, any grants, loans and work-study you were offered will be canceled. To be considered for financial aid when you return, you will be required to complete a new FAFSA. The 2022-2023 FAFSA will be available beginning October 1, 2021. Some campus scholarships can be deferred for up to one year, but you must officially request deferral through Admissions in order to retain it.
- Individual college and private scholarships may have their own requirements for deferment, so you should check with the scholarship provider for details. For university scholarships, please review the scholarship terms and conditions for information on deferment.
Sudden Loss of Income & Appeals
If your financial situation recently changed due to a loss of income from employment or high medical expenses, you may submit a 2021-22 Professional Judgment Appeal for a reevaluation of your financial aid. To expedite the appeal process, you must complete an income calculation before submitting your appeal. Visit our Special Circumstances webpage for instructions. Qualifying for grants based on an appeal is rare and highly unlikely. If your appeal is approved, aid is typically provided in the form of loan eligibility. Please do not make changes to your 2021-22 FAFSA unless our office requests you to do so.
The application for Summer 2021 is available. Applications for spring term are no longer accepted. For information on emergency assistance available through CU Boulder, and how to apply, visit the Student Emergency Fund.
View our Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Compliance Report for information on how emergency funds are distributed.
Work-Study & Student Employment
Pass/Fail Grading Option
Selecting the pass/fail grading option will not result in changes to your current financial aid, however, receiving a failing grade may impact your eligibility to continue receiving financial aid in future semesters. Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) includes minimum GPA requirements, which may be negatively affected if you receive a failing grade (F). If you receive a passing grade of P or CR, this will count as a completed course for SAP purposes.
- If you’re receiving a scholarship from a college, program or outside private donor, please contact them for details and requirements on maintaining your scholarship.
- For campus scholarships, taking classes with the pass/fail grading option does not affect your eligibility to renew as long as you earn a passing grade (P); the credit hours will still count toward meeting the renewal requirement. If you earn a failing grade (F), the credits are not counted toward renewal requirements and the failing grade will factor into your GPA. As long as you still achieve the minimum cumulative GPA required to renew your scholarship at the end of the spring term, which includes your letter graded and/or pass/fail graded courses, you will meet the GPA requirement.
Yes. Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) is a policy required by federal financial aid regulations and is not related to campus academic probation standards. SAP is determined by GPA, program completion rate and maximum timeframe. Students on SAP Warning status are still eligible for financial aid, but must meet the SAP requirements in future semesters to maintain eligibility. Students on SAP Probation are ineligible for financial aid, but may appeal if they experienced special circumstances.