• Most undergraduates between the ages of 18-24 are considered “dependent” for federal, state and university aid. However, most communication from the university, including financial aid awards and tuition bills are sent directly to the student.
  • We communicate through the student's campus email and most transactions are completed through our secure student portal. It may be helpful to remind your son or daughter to forward important communications from the university on to you.
  • Student records are protected by the federal Family Educational Rights and Protection Act (FERPA). The FERPA web page will explain what our office can and cannot release to parents.
  • Remind your son or daughter to file for financial aid each year by submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) before February 15 to ensure they get full consideration for limited funds . Parent's federal tax information and FSA ID username and password are needed to complete the FAFSA.
  • Students should also apply for CU Boulder scholarships by February 15. The application is open October 1 through February 15. Also encourage your child to explore other scholarship opportunities.
  • If your family has experienced a recent hardship that is not reflected on the current FAFSA form, such as a loss of income, divorce, death in family, or unusually high medical expenses, you may request to have our office review your unusual circumstances.
  • To learn more about campus events, news, and resources visit the New Student & Family Programs webpage.

Know the Security Language

We have a lot of different terms for security and authorizations. Below is how we define it for our students.