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Did you know the federal and state government gives out more than $100 billion each year to help students pay for education and training? This includes money you don’t have to pay back, and/or low interest college loans you can pay back over time.

Opportunity Next also offers up to $1,500 in scholarships (nothing to pay back!) for students studying to work in the fast-growing industries that will power Colorado forward.

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To find out how much financial aid has been put aside for you, there’s one critical thing you and your family must do: fill out a financial aid application! You can either the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or Colorado Application for State Financial Aid (CASFA) – but not both!

Here are three key resources that can help:

FAFSA frequently asked questions - Colorado Dept. of Higher Education
CASFA Application - Colorado Dept. of Higher Education
3. - U.S. Dept. of Education
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The Colorado Application for State Financial Aid (CASFA) is the State Financial Aid application for undocumented, Colorado ASSET students. Students who do not have lawful immigration status and who do not meet the ASSET qualifications are still encouraged to apply for institutional aid using the CASFA. Visit the CASFA website to learn more about this financial aid application, and your eligibility for state financial aid.

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We put together the best resources from uAspire - America's leading advisor dedicated to supporting students as they access financial aid and navigate postsecondary systems. Check out the videos and guides below on the most important topics today.

Overview of the FAFSA

In this video, learn what the FAFSA is, why it is important, and get some of your basic questions answered. After this video, you should have enough of an understanding to get started on your FAFSA!

What do I need to know about the simplified FAFSA?

You may have heard the FAFSA is changing. Here’s what you need to know about the new simplified FAFSA.

What information do I need for the FAFSA?

There is quite a bit of information required to complete the FAFSA. This video will explain each of those items, what you will need, and how to complete the FAFSA.

Colorado Financial Aid Checklist

Follow this checklist for guidance on how to secure financial aid and make informed choices of where to go to college and how to pay for it.


Follow this checklist to learn how to fill out the 2024 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or Colorado Application for State Financial Aid (CASFA) each year and how to apply for most types of financial aid.