Applying for Financial Aid

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How to apply for Financial Aid

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

The FAFSA ( determines your eligibility for federal financial aid which includes grants, loans, work-study and other need based assistance.  All students applying for financial aid must submit the FAFSA by the priority deadline listed below.  Students wanting to apply for federal financial aid must meet the following criteria:

  • Must be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen
  • Must have a high school diploma or GED
  • Must be degree seeking
  • Must be admitted to Western State College Colorado

The FAFSA must be filled out each year to be considered for federal, state and institutional assistance.

Full FAFSA requirements are available on the FAFSA website

Apply for Aid

Approximately 70% of Western students receive some form of financial aid. To apply for aid, follow these steps:

  1. Apply for admission to Western State Colorado University.  Financial aid can not be processed until you are officially accepted to Western.
  2. Create a FSA ID.  Your FSA ID serves as your electronic signature and provides access to your financial aid application.  One parent will also need to apply for a FSA ID separately.  Your FSA ID can be used each year to electronically apply for federal financial aid and to access your federal financial aid records online.
  3. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).   The FAFSA is available beginning January 1 for the upcoming academic year. There is no charge for submitting the FAFSA.
  • File your FAFSA by Western's priority deadline of March 1 for new incoming students (preceding your fall semester) to be considered for all federal financial aid funds at Western.
  • Priority deadline for continuing students is April 1.
  • List Western State Colorado University's school code of 001372 on your FAFSA.
  • Print and keep a copy of your submitted FAFSA form for your records.

Contingent Award Offers

Once your FAFSA application has been processed by the Department of Education and you have received a Student Aid Report (SAR) with a valid EFC, your application will be sent to Western State Colorado University.  Prospective freshman students can expect to receive a contingent financial aid award letter at the end of March.  Your letter will outline the financial aid that you qualify for based on your FAFSA application.


Verification is a review process verifying the accuracy of your federal financial aid application.  If your FAFSA application is selected for verification you and your parent(s) if necessary, will be required to submit federal tax returns along with any other supporting documentation requested from the financial aid office.  The selection process is random if selected by the Department of Education or, if upon review, we feel conflicting information is present, Western State Colorado University is required to resolve the conflicting information through the verification process. If your application is selected for verification, the process must be completed first in order to process any federal financial aid funds.

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