Financial Aid

To apply for financial aid at the University of Colorado Denver, please complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The school code is 004508. Students must complete the FAFSA to be considered for federal financial aid (federally funded student loans, grants and work-study). For more information check out the Financial Aid & Scholarship Office Website.

Financial aid is awarded on a first-come first-served basis, we recommend that you submit your application early.

Loan Forgiveness

Colorado's Educator Loan Forgiveness Program

Colorado’s Educator Loan Forgiveness program is designed for K-12 educators and made possible by the passage of Colorado Senate Bill 19-003. For those who qualify, the CHDE will make payments, on behalf of participants, on qualified educational loans with priority to educators serving in rural and hard-to-fill positions. Applications are due by Feb. 21, 2020. Read the guidelines and apply here.

Teacher Loan Forgiveness Program

Under the Teacher Loan Forgiveness Program, if you teach full-time for five complete and consecutive academic years in a low-income school or educational service agency, and meet other qualifications, you may be eligible for forgiveness of up to $17,500 on your direct subsidized and unsubsidized Loans and your subsidized and unsubsidized Federal Stafford Loans.

Public Service Loan Forgiveness

If you are employed by a government or not-for-profit organization, you may be able to receive loan forgiveness under the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program​.

Teach Grant

A TEACH Grant can help you pay for college if you plan to become a teacher in a high-need field in a low-income area. The Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH Grant Program) offers assistance up to $4000 per school year! You’ll be required to teach for a certain length of time, so make sure you understand your obligation. Your teaching service must be in a high-need field as designated nationwide or in Colorado.

Examples of high-need fields:


Bilingual education or English language acquisition (CLDE in the SEHD)

Foreign LanguageEarly Childhood Special Education
MathematicsForeign Languages (Kindergarten - Grade 12)
Reading Specialist (Literacy in the SEHD)Mathematics (Grades 7 - 12)
ScienceNatural Sciences (Kindergarten - Grade 12)
Special EducationSpecial Education

After reviewing the TEACH Grant information, if you are interested in applying for the TEACH Grant, complete the Federal TEACH Grant Interest Form.

Other Grants

As a CU Denver student, you may be eligible for these other grants.

Work Study

Federal College Work-Study is a need-based program that allows you to work on a part-time basis, on campus or off campus, at non-profit agencies to help meet your educational costs.

Student Employment

Find a job on or off campus. Check the student portal for employment opportunities.

Employer Tuition Benefits

You may be eligible for employer tuition benefits through your company or organization. Please contact your Human Resources department for more information. CU employees, spouses or dependents may be eligible for a tuition waiver

Military Benefits

If you, your spouse or parent is currently serving in the military or is a veteran, you may quality for military benefits​.