Adjustments to Financial Aid

There are a variety of circumstances that may require an adjustment to a student’s financial aid award. Students should understand how dropping and adding courses, receiving other aid, or corrections on their FAFSA will impact their aid.

Drug Conviction

In accordance with the Higher Education Reconciliation Act of 2005, students who have been convicted under federal or state law for possession or sale of a controlled substance will be suspended from Title IV aid eligibility if the offense occurred while the student was receiving Title IV aid.


The Family Education Rights & Privacy Act (FERPA) is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student educational records (which includes financial aid).

Return of Title IV Funds and Refund Policy

This policy explains the impact on financial aid for students who withdraw, cancel enrollment, drop to zero hours, take a leave of absence or are dismissed.

Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Policy

To comply with Title IV regulation, the University of Colorado Boulder is required to have a Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy, which require students to maintain a certain GPA and complete a set percentage of the courses attempted.

Student Loan Code of Conduct

The Office of Financial Aid has established a set of principles and policies to govern educational lending practices for undergraduate, graduate and professional students. Our staff will follow this Code of Conduct to ensure the integrity of the student loan process.

Students Rights and Responsibilities

Students who receive any form of financial aid, have certain rights and responsibilities. The university is also required to disclose certain information to all students. Also view CU Boulder Consumer Information.

Education Abroad (Study Abroad)

Students must be enrolled in a CU Boulder education abroad (study abroad) program to be eligible for financial aid through CU Boulder's financial aid office. Students participating in an education abroad (study abroad) program through another university are not eligible.


Students may be asked to provide additional information as part of the verification process. Verification checks the accuracy of answers provided on a student's FAFSA.

Withdrawal Policy

Official withdrawals from the university are processed through the Office of the Registrar. Withdraw from CU will provide details about procedures, deadlines, and explain how to appeal for a tuition refund.

Financial Aid Award Guides

Read additional information about your financial aid award. In this guide, you will find information about applying for student and parent loans, reporting scholarships, financial aid policies and much more.