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Financial aid is awarded on a first come/first-served basis, so we recommend that you apply early.
If you are starting your program in the spring or summer semester,
you'll need to submit two FAFSA. For example, if you are starting in spring 2020, you'll need to submit the 2019-2020 FAFSA for the spring
2020 and summer 2020, as well as the 2020-2021 FAFSA for the following
This is a summary of the information that you provided on your FAFSA.
Review the SAR for accuracy. If the information is orrect, file it away
for your records. But if you find errors, go back to your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and correct any errors.
Yes. Your eligibility might be suspended if the offense occurred
while you were receiving federal student aid (grants, loans, or
work-study). When you complete the FAFSA, you will be asked whether you
had a drug conviction for an offense that occurred while you were
receiving federal student aid. If the answer is yes, you will be
provided a worksheet to help you determine whether your conviction
affects your eligibility for federal student aid.
If your eligibility for federal student aid has been suspended due to
a drug conviction, you can regain eligibility early by successfully
completing an approved drug rehabilitation program or by passing two
unannounced drug tests administered by an approved drug rehabilitation
If you regain eligibility during the award year, notify the Financial Aid Office so that you can be considered for financial aid. Be sure to submit the FAFSA.
If you are convicted of a drug-related offense after you submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA),
you might lose eligibility for federal student aid, and you might be
liable for returning any financial aid you received during a period of
Financial Aid Award
The Cost of Attendance (COA)
or budget consists of tuition, fees, books & supplies, health
insurance, and living expenses. The University of Colorado Denver uses
the Colorado Department of Higher Education (CDHE) budget parameters for
the student’s costs, such as room and board, books, supplies,
transportation, personal and childcare expenses.
Note: Your EFC is not the amount of money that you or your family
will have to pay for college nor is it the amount of federal student aid
you will receive. It is a number used by the university to determine
the type and amount of federal student aid you are eligible to receive.
For more information about the EFC, see Funding Your Education: The
Guide to Federal Student Aid.
To request a free copy of Funding Your Education: The Guide to Federal
Student Aid, call the Federal Student Aid Information Center at
Financial need is calculated by subtracting the EFC from the COA. This
calculation helps the Financial Aid & Scholarships Office determine
the student's eligibility for need-based financial aid such as, grants,
work-study, and need-based student loans like the Federal Perkins
You must be enrolled at least half-time (Undergrad: 6 credit hours | Grad: 3 credit hours).
The FAFSA uses the tax year information from two years ago and for most families
this information may differ from year to year. Changes in funding given
to the University of Colorado Denver may also change the amount of aid
that you receive. If you applied late, you may not have been offered
need-based aid that you were eligible to receive.
When your financial aid exceeds your financial need or the Cost of Attendance (COA) for the enrollment period, your financial aid is reduced.
If you are transferring to CU Denver, add our school code 004508 to your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
Submit the FAFSA so that we can receive it and offer you financial aid.
Make sure that you cancel your financial aid awards at your previous
The Bursar’s Office
begins the refund process 3-4 days after financial aid has disbursed. Funds remaining after your university bill is paid are mailed to
you in the form of a paper check by the Bursar’s Office. Paper checks are mailed every Friday. You can set up Direct Deposit in UCDAccess. Contact the Bursar's Office for assistance.
Enrollment: Are you registered for classes? The Federal Pell Grant and Federal TEACH Grant are adjusted based on your enrollment. However, you must be enrolled at least half-time to receive your other aid
If your enrollment status has dropped during the add/drop period,
your Federal Pell and TEACH Grants will be adjusted based on your
You must be enrolled at least half-time to keep your student loans. After your financial aid is adjusted, you may be required to return some of your refund.
If you received a financial aid refund and your enrollment has dropped
after the add/drop period, your award may be adjusted. The course you
drop will receive a “W” grade and could affect your Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) status.
If you withdraw or drop all of your classes, your award will go through a process called Return of Title IV Funds [34 CFR 668.22(k)]
where the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office will perform a
federal calculation to see how much of your federal financial aid must
be returned to CU Denver. In addition, the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office will also calculate whether you must return your
state and institutional aid.
The minimum enrolled credit hours to be considered full-time or half-time does not change per term. The requirements, as listed above, are the same throughout the fall, spring, and summer terms.
If the offense occurred while you were enrolled in college and receiving federal student aid you, may not be eligible. If you received a conviction for possession or sale of drugs while in high school, it will not impact your eligibility for federal student aid. To learn more, visit StudentAid.gov, or call the Federal Student Aid Information Center at 1-800-4-FED-AID (1-800-433-3243).
Select No if:
• You have never received federal student aid.
• You have never had a conviction for possessing or selling illegal drugs.
• The conviction was not a state or federal offense.
• The conviction occurred before you were 18 years of age and you were not tried as an adult.
• The conviction was removed from your record.
• The offense that led to your conviction did not occur during a period of enrollment for which you were receiving federal student aid (grants, work-study, or loans).
If you select Yes, you may still be eligible for federal student aid. Additional questions will display to help you determine your eligibility. Past convictions do not automatically make you ineligible for student aid.
If you graduate in a reasonable timeframe, the federal government will subsidize (pay) the interest onsubsidized
loans while you’re in school, for the first 6 months after you graduate
or leave school, and any periods of deferment. Undergraduate students
demonstrating financial need through their FAFSA could be eligible for
After the loan has been certified by the university and processed by
your lender, the loan funds will be sent to CU Denver. Remember that
your lender is required by law to give you 10 days to cancel the loan.
Most scholarships are a one-time award. Your scholarship award letter
will notify you if the scholarship is renewable. If you aren’t sure
whether your scholarship is renewable or not, contact the donor that
awarded the scholarship.
Special Circumstances or Reduction in Income
Special circumstances impacting your family contribution and educational expenses are evaluated on an individual student basis. Contact a Financial Aid Advisor to see if you qualify for a review of your special circumstance.
The review process can take up to six weeks. Reviews are done throughout
the school year. However, the absolute deadline to submit an appeal is
45 days prior to the last day of the semester. All appeal decisions are
Most federal, state, and institutional sources of financial aid for which
a student may normally qualify, with the exception of work-study and
certain scholarships, can be used towards covering reasonable costs
associated with authorized CU Denver study abroad programs.
If you do not complete verification and you qualify for need-based
financial aid, such as the Pell Grant or Colorado grant, you will not be
eligible to receive it.
The Financial Aid and Scholarships Office begins the verification
process as early as March and verifies throughout the school year. The
process could take 2 to 4 weeks after all required documents have been
received signed and completed. As soon as you are notified that you are
selected for verification, submit the documentation right away to avoid
delay in receiving financial aid.
Work-study is awarded based on financial need and the awarding policy. More information is available at the Work-Study Program web page. Students must submit the FAFSA to be considered.
Students are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. Please be aware that your loan award may be reduced to make room for the work-study award.
You can work up to 20 hours per week but are limited to the amount of
your work-study award. After you are hired, work with your supervisor to
create a work schedule that utilizes your work-study award for the
entire term or school year.