Colorado Christian University
Guide to Financial Aid for Adult and Graduate Students

Guide to Financial Aid for Adult and Graduate Students

Can I choose which year’s tax information I provide on the FAFSA?

No, you won’t be able to choose. The FAFSA has always asked for one specific tax year. The 2017-18 FAFSA will ask for 2015 tax information; the 2018-19 FAFSA will ask for 2016 tax information.

What if my income is substantially different than the tax year required on the FAFSA?

You will still need to provide the “prior-prior” tax year information. You can contact the Service Central office and let them know your situation has changed.

Which FAFSA do I complete?

If you’re starting classes at CCU Fall 2017 or Spring 2018, you’ll complete the 2017-18 FAFSA. If you’re starting classes at CCU Summer or Fall 2018, or Spring 2019, you’ll complete the 2018-19 FAFSA. Please see chart above.

Where can I get more information on the FAFSA?

Applying for Financial Aid at CCU

  1. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible. The 2018-19 FAFSA is available October 1, 2017. (Colorado Christian University’s school code is 009401.) The IRS Data Retrieval Tool is currently offline and unavailable for the 2017-18 FAFSA, but it is available again for the 2018-19 FAFSA. New updates were made to the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to address security concerns and to better protect applicants’ sensitive information. To minimize errors and delays in processing, we encourage students to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool for the 2018-19 FAFSA. Students completing the 2017-18 FAFSA should input income and tax information directly from their 2015 federal tax return onto their online FAFSA. For the most accurate and prompt results, do not estimate income or taxes on the FAFSA.
  2. The Department of Education will select some students who have completed the FAFSA for a process called verification. You are notified on your Student Aid Report (SAR) if you have been chosen, and you will need to submit additional documentation to the Service Central office. CCU’s financial aid verification process is completed entirely online through the Verify My FAFSA system. Minimum additional documentation includes IRS tax transcripts for you and your spouse (if you did not complete your FAFSA using the IRS Data Retrieval process), and a verification worksheet completed and signed by you and your spouse.
  3. Complete the Adult Undergraduate Admission process or Graduate Program Admission process as quickly as possible. The Service Central office cannot review your file for awarding unless you are admitted to a degree-seeking program. Admission requirements include a final high school transcript or diploma, verifying completion of your high school degree. No financial aid funds can be disbursed without proof of high school or GED completion, and students may be dropped from classes without verified high school or GED completion.
  4. Once you have been awarded financial aid, you will receive an email advising you to log in to Self-Service Financial Aid and view the financial aid that is available to you. You will need to accept or decline your awards online under the My Awards tab in Self-Service Financial Aid. Because of the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010, all student loans are now offered through the Direct Loan Program. If you have been awarded student loans, go to the U.S. Department of Education Direct Loans site and sign your Master Promissory Note. Students who have previously received Stafford loan funds from CCU must complete a new MPN. If you are a first-time Stafford Loan borrower at CCU, you must also complete an Entrance Counseling Interview.
  5. If you are an undergraduate student and have been awarded Colorado State grants, you need to submit a Colorado Residency form online. (Your CCU login will be required to access this form.) If you’re an undergraduate student and have been awarded a College Opportunity Fund grant, you must also complete the COF stipend application on the College Assist website.
  6. To maintain state and federal financial aid eligibility, students must be enrolled in coursework that satisfies the degree requirements for an eligible program of study. Coursework that is not required to meet degree program requirements will not be eligible for state or federal financial aid. Once students have earned the number of credits required to graduate and met all other degree requirements, they may not continue to receive financial aid to maintain studies at CCU. For additional information on maintaining financial aid eligibility, please review the CAGS Financial Aid Handbook.
  7. CCU correspondence to students is primarily through email. Students are responsible to keep their email contact information up-to-date and check their email inbox regularly. Students’ current account information is always accessible in Self-Service Student Finance.
  8. Do your research on outside scholarships! There are many scholarships available for students who wish to pursue them.
  9. Secure payment arrangements for all charges not covered by financial aid before the semester begins. Payment options include cash, check, credit card, and electronic check (PDF). See Payment Options for adult students for more details.
  10. To view your account summary, including tuition and fee charges, pending financial aid, and payment history, please go to Self-Service Student Finance and click on “ Account Activity.” You can view your statement of account and make payments on an outstanding balance. To view past term history, please select the appropriate term.
  11. Keep copies of all information you fill out and submit to CCU, including your FAFSA. Additional information regarding financial aid at CCU can be found in the Financial Aid Handbook.

Contact Info

  • Service Central
    Phone: 303-963-3040
    or 844-25-START
    Fax: 303-963-3231
    Email: financialaidsupport@ccu.edu