Paying for College
Paying for College
Created by Lisa Erickson for the Money Matters Video contest 2015
Student financial aid is available for most students. Your family's financial situation determines the types and amounts of aid you are eligible for. You should apply for financial aid every year, regardless of your financial situation. At UCCS, it costs nothing to apply, and it can give you valuable information for planning and budgeting.
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the financial aid application for UCCS. Enter school code 004509 on the FAFSA when submitting your application. Once you submit your FAFSA, UCCS will contact you with information regarding the grants, loans, and work study awards you are eligible for. UCCS has a priority date of March 1st. Students may apply for financial aid at any time, however, students that apply before the priority date will have access to the most aid.
For more information about the financial aid process, eligibility, and other topics, visit the UCCS Office of Financial Aid.
Grants are financial aid awards that, unlike loans, do not have to be repaid. Grants may be used for tuition, fees, books, room and board, and other miscellaneous educational expenses. Students who complete the FAFSA are automatically considered for grants. Grants are awarded based on financial need as determined by the FAFSA. The Financial Aid Office will evaluate eligibility and notify students of their awards with an Award Letter.
- Pell Grant: the amount you get, depends on
- your financial need
- your cost of attendance
- your status as a full-time or part-time student, and
- your plans to attend school for a full academic year or less
- Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)
- Colorado Student Grant
Scholarships are financial aid awards that do not need to be repaid. These awards are based on academic achievement, financial need, or a combination of the two. Many scholarships have additional requirements as well. For example, you may have to be a resident of a particular state, be involved in extracurricular activities, have a special talent, or be pursuing a specific major.
More Tips on Scholarships
- Your Scholarship Search: Create a scholarship portfolio approximately a year prior to enrolling in school so you can get a head start on the process.
- When getting started on your search ask yourself:
- Get a great recommendation
- What am I passionate about?
- What organizations are my family and I a part of?
- Where do I work?
- What’s my family situation?
Beware of scholarship and financial aid scams; it is important that when searching for scholarships you do it through reputable organizations. Learn more about scholarship scams.
- High school counseling office
- Your employer or your parent’s employer
- Community organizations, typically there is less competition for local awards
- College in Colorado has an easy-to-use search tool with links to other scholarship sources
Created by Ryder Tam for the Money Matters Video contest 2015