Apply for Aid

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Checklist

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is available starting Oct. 1. Students will use tax information from the previous year and should complete their FAFSA as soon as possible after Oct. 1 to be considered for the most financial aid. 

  • Create a FSA ID (separate for student and parent).
  • Fill out the FAFSA, available Oct. 1. Priority deadline is March 1 (April 1 for current students).
    •  School Code: 001372
  • Register for COF (if Colorado resident)
  • Accept or decline aid starting March 15.
  • Submit common scholarship applications by April 1 (link to scholarship page).
  • Routinely check email and MyWestern for Financial Aid notifications.

Tips for Using Mobile App

You can now complete the FAFSA from your mobile device with the myStudentAid app. While the FAFSA app is convenient, it's still recommended to complete the FAFSA on a desktop or laptop as it is easier to complete and more secure. Here are some tips in using the mobile app:

  • Download the myStudentAid app for Apple or Android 
  • Use a secure Wi-Fi connection.
  • Your info will save after you complete each section.
  • Sign the FAFSA with your FSA ID (a hand drawn signature in the mobile app is not valid).
  • Only one person can make changes to your FAFSA at a time. Be sure to sign out of the myStudentAid app if your guardian needs to sign in to add their info.
  • FAFSA Renewals are not available on the app.
  • You may be asked to complete the FAFSA online.