Navigating the financial component of college can be difficult, let us walk you through it.
Apply for Financial Aid using the FAFSA, CASFA, and General Scholarship Application links below.
Financial Aid is available in the form of grants, work-study, loans, and scholarships, all of which help to make your college education more accessible and affordable.
The process of receiving financial aid starts with submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This is a standardized application provided by the U.S. Department of Education that becomes available on October 1. Complete and submit the FAFSA as early as possible to be considered for the best aid available. Financial aid is awarded based on need, which is determined in part by annual income.
The information you submit via the FAFSA will allow MSU Denver to determine how to help you meet your financial needs. To continue to receive financial aid throughout your academic career, you must submit the FAFSA every year.
This will allow you to sign the FAFSA electronically. If you are a dependent student as determined by the FAFSA, one parent must also create an FSA ID.
Use school code 001360 to ensure MSU Denver receives a copy of your documentation.
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) becomes available in December 2023.
MSU Denver’s priority deadline is March 1, 2023. We recommend that you complete the FAFSA before this deadline to get the best possible financial aid available. Financial aid offers may be canceled or reduced based on the availability of funds and changes to your eligibility.
What to Expect After Filing the FAFSA
You may be required to submit additional documentation. Please monitor your Student Hub and MSU Denver email for any requests from the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships.
The FAFSA questions ask for information about you (your name, date of birth, address, etc.) and about your financial situation. Depending on your circumstances (for example, whether you’re a U.S. Citizen or what tax form you used), you may need the following information or documents as you fill out the FAFSA application:
Keep these records! You may need them again. Do NOT mail these supporting records to the U.S. Department of Education.
We work with all programs & offices to combine all scholarship opportunities in ONE application. There are 240+ opportunities.
Helping you reach your goals is at the heart of MSU Denver’s mission, and accessibility is one of our core values. That is why we created the Roadrunner Promise, a commitment we make to our students who demonstrate financial need by having an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of 2400 or less on their Free Application for Federal Student Aid* (FAFSA). If you qualify for the Roadrunner Promise, MSU Denver will provide financial assistance to ensure you pay no tuition or mandatory fees.
To be eligible, you must:
And meet the following:
Note: The Roadrunner Promise covers up to 15 credits each semester, and you must meet Satisfactory Academic Progress standards for financial aid each term.
*Gross family income is defined as parent(s) adjusted gross income for dependent students, or student (and spouse) adjusted gross income for independent students.
Learn more about qualifying for the Roadrunner Promise by visiting our website.
Dean’s from the individuals schools/colleges have identified students with their programs to be recipients of this grant in order to support them on their path toward earning their degrees. MSU Denver is awarding selected students with a $1,500 Dean’s Grant if they’re registered for 12+ credit hours, a $750 Dean’s Grant if they’re registered for 9-11 credit hours, or a $500 Dean’s Grant for students registered for 6-8 credit hours. These grants will be a part of a student’s financial aid package this fall.
To take advantage of this opportunity, please complete these steps:
Through a combination of federal, state and institutional grants, MSU Denver will ensure Indigenous students’ tuition and mandatory published fees are fully covered beginning Fall 2022. The Indigenous & Native Peoples’ Grant is for undergraduate students who are Colorado residents and enrolled in one of 574 federally recognized Native nations. In the MSU Denver land acknowledgement, we identify this land as being the original home of the Cheyenne and Arapahoe Nations, land that was frequently also inhabited by the Lakota, Ute, Kiowa, Comanche, Apache, Shoshone and others. Just as we honor the Displaced Aurarians who were forcibly removed from their homes so that our campus could be built, we also honor the Indigenous and Native Peoples who first called this land home by fully funding their tuition and fees to undergraduate programs at MSU Denver.
The combination of grants students will see on their financial aid award may include Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Colorado Student Grant and MSU Denver Supplemental Grant. These will cover the student’s share of in-state tuition and fees for regular classes up to 15 credit hours per semester (and up to 129 credits toward their first bachelor’s degree). Students are required to file either the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or Colorado Application for State Financial Aid (CASFA) and can utilize this award for their first bachelor’s degree or certificate.
For more information, visit our Indigenous and Native Peoples’ Grant page.
The Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships assists students in the following areas of their academic pursuits:
The Office of Immigrant Services provides assistance to students completing the CASFA application. Immigrant Services are available to help MSU Denver students and families one-on-one with completing their aid applications via virtual appointments.
We are excited to partner with the Educational Opportunity Center (EOC) in delivering financial aid services to our students. You can schedule a virtual FAFSA appointment with a EOC representative that can support MSU Denver students and families one-on-one with completing their aid applications via virtual appointments.
The Student Care Center has opened applications for funds related to the Additional Relief Grant beginning Dec 10th, 2021 & will close on March 1, 2022Student Care Center
Students registered for 9+ credits who have active health insurance should submit an opt-out waiver EVERY Fall and Spring semester or be responsible for the health insurance charge on their bill.Health Insurance Waiver
The Student Care Center opened in the Fall of 2019 and houses MSU Denver’s case management services. The Student Care Center provides holistic, non-clinical case management support to MSU Denver Students who are facing challenging life circumstances that may prevent them from otherwise pursuing their educational goal.Student Care Center
Veteran and Military Student Services is appreciative of your service to our country and is happy to assist you with your transition and continuous stay at MSU Denver.Veteran and Military Student Services
The MSU Denver Tutoring Program supports all MSU Denver students by offering free, one-on-one, and group tutoring sessions in a variety of subjects. Our program is not just for students having difficulties with course material but also for those looking to better excel in their academic pursuits.More about Tutoring
The Access Center strives to provide and promote a supportive, accessible, and inclusive learning environment for students with disabilities.More about Access Center
The MSU Denver Writing Center can help with any writing assignment, in any stage of the writing process. Assignments could include summary/response papers, journals, case studies, research projects, collaborative projects, digital projects, resumes, applications, presentations, and more!More about Writing Center
Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships reports to and works closely with the Office of Enrollment Management as well as Office of Registrar, Office of Bursar and schools and colleges to position MSU Denver as the most affordable option in the state of Colorado.
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Physical Location & Address:
Jordan Student Success Building (JSSB), Suite 130
890 Auraria Pkwy
Denver, CO 80204
Email: [email protected]
Monday – Friday: 8am – 5pm
Friday: Call Center opens at 9am!
Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships
Campus Box 2, PO Box 173362
Denver, CO 80217