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How to Apply for Financial Aid as an Undergrad

How to Apply for Financial Aid as an Undergrad


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.

Applying for Financial Aid

Start with the FAFSA

The majority of students in CCU's College of Undergraduate Studies 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 on the NASFAA website.

2021-22 and 2022-23 FAFSA 

  • The FAFSA is available on October 1 each year, giving students an early indication of their financial aid status and awards.
  • The FAFSA collects income and tax information from an earlier tax year. The FAFSA requests tax information from the “prior-prior” tax year. The 2021-22 FAFSA requires tax information from the 2019 tax year. The 2022-23 FAFSA requires tax information from the 2020 tax year. 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 CCUFAFSA yearEarliest FAFSA is availableTax year required on the FAFSA
Summer 2021, Fall 2021, Spring 20222021-22 FAFSAOctober 1, 20202019
Summer 2022, Fall 2022, Spring 20232022-23 FAFSAOctober 1, 20212020

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 2021-22 FAFSA will ask for 2019 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 2021 or Spring 2022, you’ll complete the 2021-22 FAFSA. If you’re starting classes at CCU Summer or Fall 2022, you’ll complete the 2022-23 FAFSA. Please see chart above.

Where can I get more information on the FAFSA?

Contact Info

  • Office of Financial Aid
    Phone: 303-963-3230
    Fax: 303-963-3231
    Email: financialaidsupport@ccu.edu