Figuring out how to pay for college can be overwhelming! Luckily there are many opportunities to relieve some of the financial burden: grants, work-study, scholarships and loans.
What is FAFSA?
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, offers more than $150 billion in grants, loans, and work-study funds from the U.S. Department of Education’s Federal Student Aid Program. The FAFSA is used to determine your eligibility for these funds, which are need-based.
In addition, many colleges & universities use the information on the FAFSA to make decisions on scholarships, grants, and loans awarded through their institution (These may or may not be need-based, and may be available for undocumented students).
Apply starting October 1st of your senior year if you intend to attend college the following fall semester. You will use your tax return from two year prior (For example, the class of 2019, apply starting October 1, 2018 and use tax year 2017 information). FAFSA application deadlines vary by school, so be sure to check (and keep track of!) their deadlines when you apply. Watch these short videos to learn more!
For more information, please visit Federal Student Aid or talk to your school counselor.
College Opportunity Fund (COF)
The College Opportunity Fund (COF), created by the Colorado Legislature, provides a stipend to eligible undergraduate students. The stipend pays a portion of your total in-state tuition when you attend a participating college. Eligible undergraduate students must apply, be admitted and enroll in classes at a participating college to receive this benefit. Both new and continuing students are eligible for the stipend. Qualifying students may use the stipend for eligible undergraduate classes. The stipend is paid on a per credit hour basis directly to the college at which the student is enrolled. To apply visit, College Opportunity Fund.
Applying for Scholarships
Scholarships will also be emailed to your student email account from counselors. You can also find scholarships on Naviance and posted outside the counseling office.
Saving for College
College Invest manages Colorado’s tax-advantaged 529 College Savings Program with options to fit the needs of any Colorado family.
Federal Student Loans for college or career school are an investment in your future.You must repay your loan, so be sure you understand your options and responsibilities.
Federal Work-Study provides part-time jobs for undergraduate and graduate students with financial need, allowing them to earn money to help pay education expenses. The program encourages community service work and work related to the student’s course of study.
College Affordability Guide
The College Affordability Guide provides clear, correct info and advice on the many options students have to reduce the cost of their degree, and to offer a fresh analysis of which colleges are doing the most to make high-quality education affordable.