The 2024-2025 CASFA is now open. The soft launch of the 2024-25 FAFSA is underway, please expect intermittent access.

 
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Educator Financial Aid Training

In efforts to increase statewide FAFSA and CASFA completion rates, HB22-1366 Improving Students' Postsecondary Options prioritizes financial aid training to "financial literacy educators, career and technical education instructors, counselors, and professionals such as those working in family engagement."

Our department is collaborating with the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) to "develop financial literacy training options aligned with financial aid information, federal and state application processes, and underlying financial literacy principles, such as in-demand, high-wage jobs and the necessary training leading to those jobs."

This Educator Financial Aid Training will be offered throughout the state (regions listed below). While the training is open to any professional, to receive the one-time $500 stipend, participants must be a Local Education Provider (LEP) working with grades 9-12. As defined by CDE, LEP means a school district, a charter school authorized by a school district, a charter school authorized by the State Charter School Institute, or a board of cooperative services created that operates one or more public schools.  

All participants will receive six continuing education credits.

Training Dates and Locations:

Please check back regularly for updates.

  • COMPLETED - Denver Metro Region
    • Monday, June 5, 2023 | 9am-3pm | Community College of Aurora
  • COMPLETED - Northeastern Region
    • Saturday, September 9, 2023 | 9am-3pm | Northeastern Junior College
  • COMPLETED - Southern Region
    • Wednesday, January 17, 2024 | 9am-3pm | Trinidad State College
  • COMPLETED - Denver Metro Region II  
    •  February 9, 2024 | 9am-3pm | University of Colorado Denver Student Commons Building
  • Western Slope Region
    • Saturday, April 6, 2024 | 9am-3pm | Colorado Mesa University

       

To register for a training, please click here.

For additional questions, please contact mcj@dhe.state.co.us.

 

Better FAFSA/CASFA Lunch & Learn Series

With Better FAFSA opening in December 2023, it is critical that everyone who helps students complete their FAFSA receive training. Join the Colorado Department of Higher Education’s Outreach and Community Engagement team for a monthly virtual Better FAFSA Lunch & Learn series.  

These free webinars provide high school counselors and staff, student advocates, community education partners and professionals involved in FAFSA/CASFA processes the opportunity to attend this live webinar to obtain relevant financial aid information they can use to support their students. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions, exchange ideas, and collaborate.  

Webinars are from noon to 1 p.m. on October 25, November 29, December 13, February 21, and March 27

Register HERE.