• Watch this video about the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) from StudentAid.gov to learn how you can access grants, loans and work-study jobs to help fund your education.

    Guide to Financial Aid for Adult and Graduate Students

    Start with the FAFSA

    The majority of CCU students qualify to receive some level of financial assistance. In order to be considered for any type of financial aid, students must fill out the FAFSA.

    CCU's Service Central office exists to partner with you in your college investment. The step-by-step financial aid guide below will help you understand the financial aid application process beginning with the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Additional information regarding financial aid basics, applying for scholarships, tax benefits, student loan repayment, and much more can be found at the Student Aid Resource  Center.

    2017-18 FAFSA Changes

    • The FAFSA will be available earlier – as early as October 1, 2016 rather than beginning on January 1, 2017. This change gives students an earlier indication of their financial aid status and awards.
    • The FAFSA will collect income and tax information from an earlier tax year – 2015. The FAFSA will be easier to complete as students will have their taxes completed by the time the FAFSA is filled out.
    Starting classes at CCU FAFSA year Earliest FAFSA is available Tax year required on the FAFSA
    Fall 2016, Spring 2017 2016-17 FAFSA January 1, 2016 2015
    Summer 2017, Fall 2017, Spring 2018 2017-18 FAFSA October 1, 2016 2015
    Summer 2018, Fall 2018, Spring 2019 2018-19 FAFSA October 1, 2017 2016
  • Frequently Asked Questions

    Can I choose which year’s tax information I provide on the 2017-18 FAFSA?
    No, you won’t be able to choose. The FAFSA has always asked for one specific tax year, and the 2017-18 FAFSA will ask for 2015 tax information.
    Can I re-use my 2016-17 FAFSA since my 2015 income and tax information will be the same?
    No, you still need to submit a 2017-18 FAFSA. You will be able to use the IRS DATA Retrieval Tool to electronically import your 2015 taxes right away.
    What if my income was lower in 2016 than in 2015?
    You will still need to provide 2015 tax information. You can contact the Service Central office and let them know your situation has changed.
    Will my 2016-17 FAFSA information automatically carry over into my 2017-18 renewal FAFSA?
    No, you’ll need to enter the information again. You can also use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to import your tax information into the FAFSA, making the process of reporting tax information quick and easy.
    Which FAFSA do I complete?
    If you’re starting classes at CCU Spring semester 2017, you’ll complete the 2016-17 FAFSA. If you’re starting classes at CCU Summer or Fall 2017, you’ll complete the 2017-18 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. Although the form states you can complete the FAFSA before you file your taxes, we recommend you use the IRS Data Retrieval process. By using this tool you will simplify the FAFSA completion by retrieving your IRS tax data directly onto your FAFSA application. The IRS Data Retrieval option is available 3 weeks after filing taxes online or 6 weeks after filing by hard copy. Estimating your tax information may result in your file being selected for verification, which will lengthen the application process. For the most accurate and fastest results file the FAFSA online.
    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. 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. These documents can be faxed to the Service Central office if needed.
    3. Complete the Adult Undergraduate Admission or Graduate 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.
    4. Once you have been awarded financial aid, you will receive an e-mail advising you to log in to WebAdvisor and view the financial aid that is available to you. You will need to accept or decline your awards online. 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 log in 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 Web site.
    6. CCU correspondence to students is primarily through e-mail. Students are responsible to keep their e-mail contact information up-to-date and to check their e-mail inbox regularly. Students’ current account information is always accessible in WebAdvisor.
    7. Do your research on  outside scholarships! There are many scholarships available for students who wish to pursue them.
    8. 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 more details.
    9. To view your account summary, including tuition and fee charges, pending financial aid, and payment history, please go to WebAdvisor and click on “View Account and Make Payments.” You can view your statement of account and make payments on an outstanding balance. To view past term history, please select the appropriate term.
    10. 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 (PDF).