How Aid Is Packaged

2015-2016 Priority Packaging

In order to be considered for a priority packaging award, your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) must be processed by March 1st. Priority packaging awards are comprised of Federal campus based award programs (Federal SEOG, Federal Work-Study and Federal Perkins Loan) and UCCS grant monies

If your FAFSA is processed after March 1, your award package will not include the additional grant shown in the graphs included in your planning letter. Federal Pell Grants and loans will continue to be awarded after the deadline.

Final award eligibility will be determined by the following factors:

  • Financial aid file completion date
  • Expected Family Contribution
  • Cost of attendance (COA)
  • Residency
  • Full-time or part-time enrollment

Undergraduate Resident Priority Packaging

EFC
Award 0 - 2600 2601 - 3400 3401 - 4200 4201-4600 4601+
Pell Grant $3225 - $5775 $2425 - $3125 $1625 - $2325 $1225 - $1525 $0 - $1125
Other Grants $3725 - $6275 $4375 - $5075 $3175 - $3875 $1475 - $1775 $0
Total Grant $9500 $7500 $5500 $3000 $0 - $1125

Undergraduate, resident, priority students are awarded grants in fixed tiers. The sum of Pell and other grants will equal the bottom row of the table. In addition to grants, all eligible students will be packaged with Federal Direct loans according to their eligibility. Work Study awards are awarded to students in the 0-2600 EFC range.

Undergraduate Non-resident Priority Packaging

EFC
Award 0 - 2600 2600+
Pell Grant $3225 - $5775 $0 - $3125
Other Grants $3600 $0

In addition to grants, all eligible students will be packaged with Federal Direct loans according to their eligibility. Work Study awards are awarded to students in the 0-2600 EFC range.

Graduate Priority Packaging

EFC
Award 0 - 2600 2601 - 4600 4601+
UCCS Tuition Grant $4000 $2000 $0

In addition to grants, all eligible students will be packaged with Federal Direct loans according to their eligibility. Work Study awards are awarded to students in the 0-2600 EFC range.

Direct Loan Borrower Annual and Aggregate Loan Limits

Annual Loan Limits
Grade Level Maximum Subsidized Unsubsidized Total Yearly Amounts
Freshman (DEP) $ 3,500 $ 2,000 $ 5,500
Freshman (INDEP) $ 3,500 $ 6,000 $ 9,500
Sophomore (DEP) $ 4,500 $ 2,000 $ 6,500
Sophomore (INDEP) $ 4,500 $ 6,000 $ 10,500
Junior/Senior (DEP) $ 5,500 $ 2,000 $ 7,500
Junior/Senior (INDEP) $ 5,500 $ 7,000 $ 12,500
Graduate - $ 20,500 $ 20,500

Non-Priority Packaging

Students who do not qualify for priority aid will receive packages containing loans and federal entitlements. Pell grants will be awarded as usual, but other state and institutional grants are not awarded.