Financial Aid


What is financial aid?

First step to receiving Federal Financial Aid is to complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)

If you do not qualify for federal student aid (you do not have lawful immigration status but have attended a Colorado high School for at least 3 years and will graduate from a Colorado high school), use the CASFA (Colorado Application for Student Financial Aid), NOT the FAFSA: Link to CASFA

Scholarships are also a big part of financial aid.  Click here to go to our scholarship page, or find more information in your grade level Counseling Google Classroom.

EVERYONE, please apply for the COF (College Opportunity Fund).  This a stipend (think money off of your tuition bill) that you will receive automatically (once you apply) if you plan to attend a college in Colorado and have graduated from a Colorado high school.  

Did you know...?
~Not all colleges give the same amount of financial aid?
~Some families can qualify for more financial aid before they file the FAFSA?
~97%  of financial aid comes from colleges and the federal government making it vital to file the FAFSA?
~You can possibly pay less tuition to attend an expensive, private school than by attending a state college?
Financial Aid presentation by Sam Feeney, Certified College Funding Specialist, and Intervention Counselor at Bear Creek High School.  Access the recording of the workshop via this link (and here are the slides without the recording).
Links referenced in this presentation include:
FAFSA 4caster
EFC reduction worksheet

Ready to complete the FAFSA?  Click here for the checklist of what you will need.

Financial Aid Award Letters: You will receive these through the mail or through your college student portal once you complete the FAFSA and have been accepted to college.  If you would like some help understanding these, please watch this video: Financial Aid Award Letters Explained

Please reach out to your counselor if you have any questions!

Wednesday, March 10th 6:00-7:00pm: Financial Aid 101 Webinar:
Join representatives from Adams State University, Metropolitan State University of Denver, Colorado School of Mines, and the University of Colorado Boulder, to learn some basic financial aid terminology, get advice on what questions to ask, and gain some confidence on how to navigate the financial aid process.

This event is open to Colorado incoming first-year students and families that are curious about the college financial aid process. No matter the university you are hoping to attend, we just want to be a resource for you!  To register:

Virtual Financial Aid Literacy Mini-Series
Hosted by University of Colorado Denver throughout March and April

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