Obtaining money for college can at first seem both daunting and exhausting. In Colorado, there are 28 public institutions of higher education. There are thirteen four-year public institutions and fifteen two-year public institutions. In addition, there are non-public degree granting institutions and private occupational schools operating in the State.
But students don't have to face the costs alone. There are billions of dollars in financial aid available to students in Denver. The information here is just a starting point--money is available in grants, loans, loan repayment programs, work-study programs, exemptions, and more.
You don't have to accept any financial aid until you receive the funds, so there is no harm in applying. Be sure to review the eligibility requirements, though. If you're sure you don't meet them, don't waste valuable time applying. However, if you think you might be eligible, APPLY!
Steps to Obtaining Financial Aid
You are urged to apply for federal student aid online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. You will need a PIN number, obtainable at pin.ed.gov, and your federal 2009 tax return. The PIN number will be sent, typically via email, within a week. For more information on the FAFSA, visit our guide Understanding the FAFSA.
2. SAR (STUDENT AID REPORT)
Within 1-3 weeks from the time you complete the FAFSA you will receive a Student Aid Report (SAR) from the Department of Education. This SAR will reflect the information you supplied on the FAFSA. If you do not receive your SAR within 3 weeks, please call the federal processor at 1-800-4FEDAID to determine what issues they are having with your processing. When you receive the SAR make sure all the information is correct. If you need to make corrections, follow the instructions to make corrections online and then keep your Student Aid Report for your records.
3. AWARD OFFER
When your schools Financial Aid Office has received the necessary documents (the FAFSA information from the processor and your taxes), a financial aid award offer will be sent to you.Your award letter will include acceptance instructions.
4. GRANTS AND SCHOLARSHIPS
Students are considered for scholarships based on their application for admission. Please contact your schools Admissions Office with questions about particular scholarships and how to apply for them or visit our special section on scholarships with information provided by FastWeb.
State Grants and Scholarships
The following grants are awarded by the state of Denver
Federal Pell Grant
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Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG)
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National Science and Math Access to Retain Talent (SMART) Grant
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Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)
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Leveraging Educational Assistance Partnership (LEAP) Program
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Fore more information on these and other financial aid programs in Denver, visit The Colorado Department of Higher Education.