How to Fill Out a FAFSA
“The Free Application for Federal Student Aid is the form used by the U.S. Department of Education to determine your Expected Family Contribution by conducting a “need analysis” based on financial information… The form is submitted to, and processed by, a federal processor contracted by the U.S. Department of Education, and the results are electronically transmitted to the financial aid offices of the schools that you list on your application.” – FAFSA.com
Seems kind of important, doesn’t it?
If you are planning on applying for financial aid, you’re gonna have to fill out a FAFSA. Although the FAFSA may seem like a complex process, it’s actually fairly simple to fill out. There are also a lot of free tools to help you through the process and the FAFSA is available online for free at fafsa.ed.gov. You can complete, submit and track your application online, making this the easiest way to apply for federal aid. The website even checks your data before you submit it so there’s less chance of making an error.
Here’s what you and your parents will need in order to fill out the FAFSA:
PIN numbers – Personal Identification Numbers are used to electronically apply for student aid. Think of it as your electronic signature. (get your PIN here)
Social Security Numbers
2013 Federal Income Tax Returns
For more in-depth tips and advice about filling out your FAFSA, click here.
The biggest tip we can give you is this – don’t wait. The FAFSA is an important part of applying for college and we want to help students prepare the best we can. Visit our Financial Aid office for more information on how to pay for college.
First-Time College Student How-To
The University of Colorado Denver provides a diverse body of students with opportunities to enhance their lives, careers and research. Today, the university offers more than 130 programs in 13 schools and colleges at the undergraduate, graduate, doctoral and professional health levels.
But you already know all of this because you’ve been researching colleges for months. As a first-year college student, you want to know how to get in and get started. Here is a quick guide to getting into CU Denver.
If you’re interested in CU Denver, then know that we are 100% interested in you. Before we jump into how to apply to the university, we first want to make sure you meet a few requirements. On average, our freshmen were in the top 25 percent of their graduating class, had a GPA of 3.3 and scored 23 on the ACT and 1060 of the SAT. Those requirements are to get into the university, but keep in mind that individual schools within the university may have a few additional requirements. Find out if your school is one of them here.
There’s so much to do before your first semester, so we encourage all freshmen to apply early! We allow prospective students to apply up to one year before their intended term of enrollment. That gives you plenty of time to secure housing, meet important financial aid and scholarship deadlines and register for classes. To apply online click here. If you have questions about applying, contact our admissions office.
You’re in! Now what?
Congratulations! We’re so happy to have you! Now that you’re a student of CU Denver, it’s time to figure out what the next steps will be. Although everyone will take a different journey through college, it’s good to start with a few solid next steps. We recommend starting with these:
- Make housing arrangements
- Apply for financial aid/scholarships
- Attend orientation
- Meet with your advisor
- Register for classes
- Buy books and supplies
- Get involved!
We’re so excited for you to start your college journey with us!
We’re guessing that since you’re reading this post, you are interested in transferring to CU Denver. We think that’s great and want to make your transition as easy as possible.
We understand that transferring, whether from a community college or another university, can seem like a daunting task. That is why we have worked hard to streamline the process here at CU Denver. In a nutshell, you just need to go through these simple steps:
1. You need to apply (bet you already knew that!)
2. Pay the $50, non-refundable application fee at the end of the application. This is so we can process your application. If we do not get this payment, then your application will not be seen by the admissions committee.
3. We need official transcripts from all previous higher education institutes. These need to be either mailed to us by US Postal Service or UPS/FedEx, or sent electronically from participating institutions through Docufide by Parchment. We do not accept transcripts over email. Our mailing/shipping addresses are:
a. US Postal Service
University of Colorado Denver
Undergraduate Admissions and K-12 Outreach
CB 167 | PO Box 173364
Denver, CO 80217
University of Colorado Denver
Undergraduate Admissions and K-12 Outreach
1201 Larimer Street
Denver, CO 80204
If you have completed 30 or more college credits, then you are done! If you completed 13-29 credits, we will need to see your high school transcript and if you competed below 13 college credits then we will also need your ACT/SAT test scores along with the high school transcript. This may seem tedious but we want to make sure you will succeed at CU Denver.
So, that’s it! Just three easy steps. All you have to do is use your login credentials and check your portal for your application. Now you can just sit back and relax.
Why You Should Meet With Your Advisor
College is a maze. It’s not just about signing up for classes, attending classes, taking tests and then graduating. It’s about experiences and networking as well as academics. That’s why it’s important to meet with your advisor.
When you first arrive to CU Denver, we will assign you an advisor to help you get going. But once you declare a major and get to know your professors you can change advisors. Consistent meetings with an advisor are important for your college career and here are a few tips to help you get the most out of those meetings.
As a freshman, you are not expected to know exactly what you want to be when you grow up. College is a great time to figure out your passions and strengths. You do, however, need to set goals for yourself to stay motivated and make college worth your while. Try setting semester goals like grades and organizations. Share these with your advisor.
Your advisor is there to guide you, not babysit you. Come in with questions about classes and organizations. Or ask questions about the goals you’ve set and how to achieve them. If you meet with your advisor and expect to only let them talk, you’er not going to get anything out of the session.
Look Over Course Requirements
When you dive into your first year as a college student, you’re not expected to know exactly what you want to do or what your college journey will look like. But once you have an idea of what major you would like to pursue, take a look at the course requirements. Your advisor is a busy person, so save time and show your commitment by taking the initiative with your course requirements.
Pick Your Own Classes
This ties in with the previous point. Try and set your own class schedule and then have your advisor look over it. They can look over your choices and give you feedback as to why or why not the classes you chose will help you reach your goals.