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 responsibility if you receive the money.

Federal student aid is a primary resource for many students. Complete a FAFSA Application here.

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): CASFA is a safe, easy way to apply for state financial aid if you are not eligible to apply for FAFSA. Find out more about CASFA here.

College Opportunity Fund (COF): Find out more here.

Colorado Work-Study: Part-time employment program designed to assist students with financial need or work experience. Contact your Colorado college/university for more information.

Dependent Tuition Assistance Program: DTAP recognizes the contributions of public servants who were killed or disabled in the line of duty. The program provides financial assistance to attend eligible institutions for dependents of a deceased or permanently disabled:  
 
• law enforcement officer

• firefighter  

• member of the national guard  

• prisoner of war  

• person missing in action  

Email DTAP.Mailbox@dhe.state.co.us for link to electronic application.

*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?