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Transfer Students

5 Quick Transfer Steps

1. If you have already filled out a FAFSA, please make sure to add MSU Denver's school code: 001360

2. Cancel ALL pending aid at your other school.

3. Remember: Financial aid eligibility is limited depending on what you received at your other school.

4. Have you had your credits evaluated. Your academic standing for loans will be based on the amount of credits you are able to transfer to MSU Denver.

5. Understand your Transfer Monitor Hold:

The Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships will place a Transfer Monitoring Hold on your account. This hold will expire in 7 days. This is a hold that must be placed on each student's financial aid account at least 7 days prior to the beginning of a semester. During this time, our institution will upload current information from the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS). It will include up-to-date student loan history and allow us to see if you have received financial aid at any other institution within this academic year. The 7 day hold must be placed on your account even if you did NOT receive financial aid at another institution. The hold will automatically expire after the 7 day period and CANNOT be removed before the 7 day period.


Applying for Financial Aid

If you are a transfer student, we encourage you to see a Financial Aid Counselor at Metropolitan State University of Denver as early as possible and to review our Website and become familiar with your rights and responsibilities regarding financial aid. 

Transfer students who apply for financial aid must also apply for admission and be accepted into a regular degree-seeking, licensure or certificate program at MSU Denver before any consideration or decision on financial aid can be made. However, you should not wait for formal acceptance to MSU Denver to apply for financial aid. You should apply early for both financial aid and admission. 

To apply for federal and state aid you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the Renewal Application for Federal Student Aid. You can complete the electronic FAFSA online at If you prefer to complete a paper application, you may request a paper application from the Office of Financial Aid.

The FAFSA is available at college financial aid offices and through high school counselors. There is no charge to submit the FAFSA. You must list Metropolitan State University of Denver (School Code 001360) as one of your school choices so we will receive your information without delay. You may visit our Applying for Financial Aid Section of the Website to learn more about the FAFSA.

Admissions VS Financial Aid High School Diploma (or G.E.D.)/ Transfer Credit Requirement 

As of the 2012-2013 aid year, the United States Department of Education changed the standards for students who receive financial aid and are admitted to colleges and universities whose admissions requirements include official high school transcripts and/or proof of GED. In lieu of these, MSU Denver accepts transferable college credits. ***There is a difference in the number of credits a student can transfer in for admittance and the number of credits a student can transfer in order to receive financial aid.

  • Admissions requirement:
    • MSU Denver will admit students to the institution with 30 or more transfer credits.
  • Financial aid requirement:
    • Students who are admitted to MSU Denver and wish to receive financial aid must submit one of the following to the office of Admissions:

      • Final Official High school transcript showing graduation date
      • GED
      • Associate’s degree with 60 (sixty) transferred college credits

If you are not able to submit official high school transcript or transfer at least 60 credits, please visit the Colorado GED Testing Program website or contact the state High School Equivalency Coordinator:

Marina Kokotovic
ph: 303-866-6267 


Types of Financial Aid

By completing the FAFSA, you will be considered for the following programs based on the availability of funds:

Application Deadline

You should complete your FAFSA as early as possible each year. The FAFSA is available after October 1st of each year for the following academic year. Example: You may submit a 2019-2020 FAFSA beginning October 1, 2018.

If you plan to transfer to MSU Denver in the middle of the year (i.e. Spring semester) and you applied for financial aid from your previous school, you should begin the process of applying for aid at MSU Denver no later than mid-November by doing the following:

  • Add the MSU Denver School Code (001360) to your existing FAFSA online. 

Aid from Other Schools

If you are transferring from another school, your financial aid will not transfer with you to MSU Denver. If you received a Federal Pell Grant and are transferring mid-year, you may be able to receive all or part of your remaining grant at MSU Denver.

If you borrowed a Federal Student Loan for the academic year, and are transferring mid-year, you must call your lender and cancel any remaining portion of your loan at your other school. You must also cancel your loan with the school you were attending. Then, you must reapply for a loan for the spring semester at MSU Denver. If you borrowed the maximum annual loan amount during the fall semester at your previous school, you will not be able to borrow a loan for the spring semester at MSU Denver. Your loan is subject to the annual loan limit. 

Other factors may influence your ability to borrow and the amount you may borrow:

  • If the loan period at your previous school overlaps with your loan period at MSU Denver, it is possible that you will not be eligible to borrow until the next semester.
  • When you transfer credits from one school to another, it is possible that not all of your credits will be accepted. This may affect your class level (sophomore or junior status), and you may only be able to borrow the lesser amount of the sophomore level.
  • The award process for transfer students is not final until credits from all previously attended schools are evaluated. The number of credits accepted by MSU Denver affects the final loan amount awarded to you. You should expect a 4-6 week wait for your credits to be evaluated after your academic transcripts are received by the Registrar’s Office.
  • You must complete a first-time borrower’s Entrance Interview at MSU Denver even if you have previous loans from another school. Once your loan has been processed by the Office of Financial Aid, you will be required to complete a Master Promissory Note (MPN) with your loan lender. You will be notified via your MSU Denver email account when it is time to complete the MPN.

Transfer Services 

Transfer Services works with enrolled and prospective transfer students at MSU Denver. The services offered include preliminary evaluations, resolution of transfer issues and referral to academic and department advising. Note: Students must have copies of their academic transcripts in their possession for preliminary evaluations.

Web Page: Transfer Services
Located: Student Success Building #1 Suite 180 (inside Admissions)
Phone: 303-556-3774


Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)

As a transfer student at MSU Denver, you should become familiar with the Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy. You will be required to meet the Satisfactory Academic Progress standards in order to receive financial aid. Policy change now requires transfer credits to be included in calculated cumulative and attempted credit hours for the purpose of SAP. This affects transfer students differently than non-transfer students in adhering to the policy.

Undergraduate students may receive financial aid for up to 180 attempted credits while completing their first degree from MSU Denver. All transfer credits are included when calculating a student's attempted credits. If a student is transferring to MSU Denver with a previously earned bachelor's degree and MSU Denver accepts the maximum 90 transfer credits, the student must earn his or her bachelor's from MSU Denver within 90 additional credits in order qualify for financial aid at MSU Denver.

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