At CSU-Pueblo we are committed to helping students explore financing options to help them achieve their educational goals. Approximately 80 percent of our students receive some type of assistance. CSU-Pueblo's Financial Aid office administers more than $12.1 million in federal and state grant aid. In addition to that our office administers $6.7 million in institutional aid. We hope that you find our website (along with your PAWS account) helpful in answering any questions you may have about financial aid or the financial aid process.
First Steps for Financial Aid
- Complete your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.gov; this will require a Federal Student Aid ID & password (both yourself and your parent if you are a dependent student). The CSU-Pueblo school code for the FAFSA is 001365.
- Complete your CSU-Pueblo Foundation Scholarship Application starting October 1.
- If you are a Colorado resident and working on your undergraduate degree, complete the COF application.*
- Remember - the priority deadline for the FAFSA is March 1 and the CSU-Pueblo Foundation Scholarship Application is December 24th - Prior to the new academic year's fall semester. The final deadline for the scholarship application is March 1.
Choose to accept, reduce, or decline any student loans, and if you are borrowing student loans, complete your Master Promissory Note and Entrance Counseling. *Once you have read and understand all the terms and conditions, click the acknowledgment check box at the bottom of your award. Fill out the Direct Deposit form and return to Financial Aid to have any excess funds from your financial aid automatically deposited into your checking/savings account. *Please remember that disbursement occurs twice a year - before fall semester, and before spring semester.
*Indicates these steps are required one-time only, not annually
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I know if I am eligible for financial aid?
To receive financial aid from federal and state aid programs, you must first complete the FAFSA and meet all of the following criteria:
- Demonstrate financial need, except for some loan programs
- Be admitted as a student working toward a degree or certificate in an eligible program
- Maintain at least 6 credit hours of enrollment per semester
- Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen
- Have a valid Social Security Number
- Meet Satisfactory Academic Progress
- Certify that you will use student aid only for educational purposes
- Certify that you are not in default on a federal student loan and that you do not owe money on a federal student grant
- Comply with the Selective Service registration, if required
How is the amount of aid determined?
Financial need is the difference between the Cost of Attendance (COA) and the Expected Family Contribution (EFC). EFC is determined from information provided on your FAFSA.
For each student, the COA, EFC, and financial need will be different. Financial aid is offered to help students cover their financial need depending on specific qualifications and available funding.
How can I view my award?
New students entering the fall semester are awarded beginning in March each year. New students will receive a financial aid award letter once all Admissions and financial aid application requirements are completed. The award letter contains instructions on how to acknowledge the award online. Continuing students will be notified via email that they have been awarded and can view the award through their PAWS account.
When will I receive my financial aid?
The following criteria must be satisfied before financial aid will be applied toward students' account or disbursed to the student:
- Must be admitted to the University in a degree-seeking program
- Must be enrolled in a minimum of credit hours for particular financial programs
- Must pay any prior balance to the University
- Must not be on academic or financial aid suspension
- Must sign and return all requested documents to Financial Aid
- Must acknowledge award through PAWS account
- First-time Federal Direct Loan borrowers must complete an Entrance Counseling and
Direct Loan Master Promissory Note
Where can I find Spanish-based resources?
Students, parents, and counselors can find information in Spanish about Federal Student Aid, various programs, and frequently asked questions through the Federal Student Aid website.
Finaid.org also has a compiled list of available Spanish resources, including scholarship resources and tips.
And finally, TG publishes a general vocabulary guide that might be useful in understanding frequently used financial aid terminology.