Help paying for rent

Our Student Housing page has some helpful information about paying for housing, including financial aid and loan options. Please click the button below to visit that page!

Rent Assistance

Living and paying for housing is expensive in the city of Denver. Please know MSU Denver is here to help navigate your options. The city of Denver and state of Colorado have different rental assistance options. Please note, each program has specific eligibility requirements.

Rental Assistance:

Housing Choice Vouchers (HCV), subsidized housing, and project based vouchers are forms of rental assistance for individuals and families. HCV’s utilize a lottery system and are not guaranteed. Subsidized and project based vouchers will depend on availability. Please review the different housing authority sites for availability.

Emergency Rental Assistance 

If you find yourself in a situation where you are not able to pay your rent, you can consider emergency assistance. It is helpful to apply for emergency assistance as soon as you know you won’t be able to pay rent. The application wait time can be 3-4 weeks. Please note, emergency assistance is dependent on availability and is subject to change.

  • Temporary Rental and Utility Assistance (TRUA): only for individuals and families living in the city and county of Denver.
  • The Action Center: only for individuals and families living in Jefferson County.
  • Arapahoe County: only for individuals and families living in Arapahoe County.
  • 211: Call 211 on your phone to inquire about any forms of emergency assistance.


Emergency Housing Assistance

If you are in need of emergency housing or are facing the possibility of becoming homeless, please contact the Student Care Center by calling 303-615-0006 to connect with a Case Manager.

What is emergency housing?

Emergency housing is a short-term, immediate housing option available to students who do not have access to safe and secure housing. Students experiencing homelessness or who are at imminent risk of experiencing homelessness may be eligible for this support.

To get help from the Student Care Center, click here to submit a referral.

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