2016-17 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.
Step 2: File your 2015 federal tax returns.
We highly recommend that you complete your tax returns prior to completing the next steps; it will simplify and expedite the application process. If you can't file your returns by the priority deadline, you may use estimates on your applications.
Step 3: Complete the 2016-17 FAFSA (Available January 1, 2016
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.
If you use estimates when completing your FAFSA, please go back and correct your FAFSA using data retrieval once you have filed your taxes.
School code: 001371 | Go to the FAFSA >>
Step 4: Complete the 2016-17 CSS PROFILE (available now)
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: 4842 | Go to the CSS PROFILE >>
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.