You can get a general estimate of your financial aid eligibility (and how it relates to the estimated cost to attend CU Boulder) using our Financial Aid Estimator.
Prospective students are provided with an Estimated Financial Aid award in early spring. This estimated award is personalized to your financial aid eligibility at CU Boulder. Once you've received this estimate, take some time review it, think about your college costs, and consider your options for the year ahead. Here are some planning resources to help you understand your estimated award:
- Learn how aid is determined
- Get the basics on grants and federal loans
- What is Work-Study? It’s not scary, we promise
- Consider an on-campus job
- Use the Repayment Estimator to calculate your monthly loan payments after you graduate
- Review other options for paying for college
- Find money saving tips for college at CU Money Sense
- Watch some how-to videos in the video gallery
- Still have questions? Check out our FAQs
What Happens Next?
If we need additional information from you to finalize your financial aid application, we will email you to let you know. Submit any requested documents as soon as possible so you don’t miss out on any aid.
Financial Aid Award
As early as February, you will receive an email from our office notifying you that your financial aid award is ready for you to view online and accept/decline. Grants, scholarships and work-study are automatically accepted for you, but loans must be accepted in your student portal. If you choose to accept loans, you will be required to complete loan entrance counseling and a loan agreement (also known as a Master Promissory Note or MPN). Both of these can be completed at studentloans.gov.
How we Communicate with You
As early as May, you will have access to Buff Portal and your official @colorado.edu email address. It is important to check both of these regularly. We send emails and assign ‘To Do’ items in the portal to notify you when we need additional information.