Financial Aid for Students

How do I apply for a grant or scholarship?

In most cases, grant and scholarship applications are handled by the source. To apply for these items, you should contact the agency/institution that is offering the grant or scholarship. To qualify for federal grants or loans you should complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). By completing a FAFSA, you will also be considered for State grants.

What types of financial aid are available?

A student may find assistance paying for college from many sources. It is important to understand from where the money is originating and your responsibilty if you receive the money.

Federal student aid is a primary resource for many students.

Web tutorials on Federal Student Aid:

State funded aid is allocated to participating institutions and disbursed to students.

Types of State Aid Available

*The following is a list of state assistance programs, which may be available at participating institutions in Colorado:

Colorado Application for State Financial Aid: CASFA is a safe, easy way to apply for state financial aid if you are a Colorado ASSET (Advancing Students for a Stronger Tomorrow) student. Find out more about CASFA here

Colorado Need-based Awards: Includes the Colorado Student Grant, Colorado Graduate Grant. Available to qualified students with documented financial need.

Colorado Work-Study: Part-time employment program designed to assist students with financial need or work experience.

Dependent Tuition Assistance Program: Pays tuition, on-campus room and board for dependents of Colorado law enforcement officers, fire or national guard personnel killed or disabled in the line of duty, and for dependents of prisoners of war or service personnel listed as missing in action. Applications are available at the Colorado Commission on Higher Education.

Colorado National Guard Tuition Assistance Program: Pays up to 100% of tuition costs at state supported institutions, for its members. For more information, contact a National Guard recruiter or the state tuition assistance office at (303) 677-8913.

*NOTE: All programs may not be available at all participating institutions.
Contact the institution for details and applications.

How much is college going to cost?

The actual cost of college varies depending on a number of factors including cost of tuition, fees, residency status, program of study, room/board, books/supplies, transportation and more. Below, you can view a history of tuition and fees at public institutions. For up-to-date tuition rates, contact your institution directly. Below are some documents to help put the cost of college and financial aid in perspective.

How do I qualify for state aid or participate in an exchange/reciprocity program?

Where can I find assistance locating financial aid?