To be eligible to receive federal, state, or institutional financial aid, you must meet the following conditions. If you fail to meet one of these conditions at any time during the period covered by your financial aid offer, your award may be revised or cancelled:
You can view updated information about your financial aid awards online. Follow these steps to access your awards:
If you receive additional funds which were not listed on your financial aid award notice (scholarships, grants, loans or other financial assistance.), report them immediately by logging into myUCCS and clicking "Report Private Scholarships" or contacting the financial aid office. If there is any change to your financial aid eligibility because of the additional financial assistance, you will receive email notification. Please be aware that your current financial aid award may be adjusted or reduced, even if your aid has already disbursed.
It is presumed that the courses you are enrolled in will apply to your general education requirements or to your requirements for a major. If a course is found not to meet any degree requirements, the Office of Financial Aid reserves the right to adjust your enrollment status for the purpose of determining award eligibility.
As a Direct Loan borrower, you are expected to understand your rights and responsibilities. For more information, review the Direct Loan rights and responsibilities page.
You will receive a Loan Disclosure statement from Direct Loan Servicing explaining all fees. Your financial aid award letter reflects the amount of your original principal balance. More Information
An undergraduate student is considered to be attending full-time in a semester if enrolled in at least 12 undergraduate credit hours during that semester. Full-time graduate students need to be enrolled in 5 graduate hours.
UCCS requires students to be enrolled in classes to receive financial aid. Enrollment levels help determine the amount of financial aid a student will receive.
The chart below can help you to determine your enrollment status for UCCS financial aid programs.
|Student Level||Less-Than 1/2 Time Enrollment||1/2 Time Enrollment||3/4 Time Enrollment||Full-Time Enrollment|
|Undergraduate||Fewer than 6 credits||6 credits||9 credits||12 credits|
|Graduate*||Fewer than 3 credits||3 credits||4 credits||5 credits|
*Certain courses and credit levels may be aided differently. For more information contact the financial aid office.
Per Federal regulation, UCCS is required to prorate an undergraduate student's annual Direct loan limits, when they are enrolled in one semester and will graduate in the same academic year. This mostly will affect students that will graduate from their program of study at the end of the fall term. More Information
An "overaward" is when your need based awards exceed your financial need, or the total of your awards exceed your cost of attendance. If you have been overawarded, federal regulations require UCCS to adjust your awards which may result in a bill.
Common reasons an overaward can occur are:
Please be aware that the Office of Financial Aid experiences seasonal changes in volume. These changes may affect expected processing times.
Students applying for, and those receiving Federal and State of Colorado financial aid from UCCS are required to maintain satisfactory academic progress (SAP) towards a degree. Maintaining SAP requires students to meet completion rate, maximum fundable semester hours, and minimum grade point average expectations. More Information
Summer financial aid consists of unused financial aid eligibility from the prior Fall and Spring terms. If you are offered and accept the annual maximum limits of grants, loans, or other aid for the academic year, your financial aid eligibility for the Summer term will be limited to private loans.
The U.S. Department of Education requires all schools to initiate a Transfer Monitoring process for any student who begins studies mid-year or in the summer to verify remaining Title IV financial aid eligibility for the award year. A Transfer Monitoring Hold must be placed on your federal financial aid at UCCS for ten (10) days until this process has been completed.
There is no action needed by you during this process. However, if you did receive financial aid at another school during this award year, you cancel any pending financial aid disbursements at that school.
Your eligibility for financial aid may have been determined using estimated or incomplete information from your completed FAFSA. You may be requested to provide additional documentation to complete your financial aid file. Until all requested documentation is turned into the financial aid, you will not receive a financial aid package. Please visit your MyUCCS portal to review any outstanding financial aid documents. More Information
The University defines withdrawing as a termination of all your enrollment for the term. If a student withdraws:
An award of Federal , State, or Institutional Work Study provides you with an opportunity to work in a job, for which you have been hired, that is eligible for work study funding. The awards shown on your award letter are estimates of what you could earn based on your financial need, expected hours of work, and hourly pay rate. Work study funds are earned over the course of the academic year and are paid to you according to the UCCS payroll schedule. You are not guaranteed to earn this award amount, and this award amount may be reduced or canceled if you are unable to secure employment. More Information