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Undergraduate Financial Aid

Applying for Aid

Current Students

2017-18 Financial Aid Application Process

Steps to Apply

Step 1: Create your Federal Student Aid (FSA) ID (if needed)

Students and parents should both have their own FSA ID. You will use this ID every year you apply for financial aid and to complete Master Promissory Notes for federal student loans.

Go to the FSA ID application >>

Step 3: Complete the 2017-18 FAFSA

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is used to determine eligibility for federal aid. We strongly encourage you to use the IRS data retrieval process when completing your FAFSA. Using this process will quickly transfer your 2015 tax return data directly into your application, and may prevent you from having to submit further documentation from the IRS. For step-by-step instructions, review our guide to using data retrieval.

School code: 001371Go to the FAFSA >>

Step 4: Complete the 2017-18 CSS PROFILE

This application—provided through the College Board—is used to determine your eligibility for institutional aid. If your parents are divorced or separated, the Noncustodial Parent PROFILE must also be completed. ( Note: This step is not required for students in the Colorado Women's College, University College or students majoring in music.)

School code: 4842Go to the CSS PROFILE >>

Additional Documentation

We may need additional documentation in order to verify that the information on your application is true and correct. If we need further information, we'll send you an email. You must submit all requested documents before we can finalize your financial aid award. Outstanding requirements can also be viewed on the Student tab of PioneerWeb.

Priority Deadline: March 15th

Applying for financial aid by March 15th will increase your chances of receiving highly sought-after awards such as work-study . Because these types of aid have such limited funding, we aren't able to offer them to everyone who may otherwise be qualified. If you miss the priority deadline, you should still apply as soon as possible!

Financial Aid Award Letter

If you have submitted all requirements listed above, we will send you a financial aid award letter in early June via email. We do not mail awards to continuing students.


Are you transferring to DU or need to apply for aid for the winter and/or spring quarters? Please follow the steps outlined above, except submit the 2016-17 FAFSA and CSS PROFILE applications. Once you have applied (and submitted your additional documentation if selected for verification), you will receive your financial aid award notification via email in about 2 weeks.