How to Apply

Applying for Need-Based Aid

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the application for most types of need-based financial aid including federal grants, loans and work-study assistance.

You should complete and submit the application online to the FAFSA federal processor after January 1 and before our March 1 priority date each year to be considered for the maximum amount of financial aid.

Completing the FAFSA late can cause delays in financial aid processing and, since some awards are limited, may limit the financial aid a student will receive. Students who miss the March 1 priority processing date are encouraged to file a FAFSA at the earliest possible date following March 1and will be considered for any remaining programs.

List UNC, Greeley, Colorado, Federal School Code 001349, on the FAFSA, which will enable the FAFSA processor to electronically transmit the completed information to UNC. Always keep a copy of anything that you submit for your records.

After you submit the FAFSA, you'll receive an electronic Student Aid Report (SAR) e-mail. The SAR is a record of the FAFSA information that the FAFSA processor has entered into their computer and the student is sent this copy for verification.

You and your parent should review each line carefully and compare it to the copy of the FAFSA that was submitted. According to the FAFSA processor, if there is a critical entry that must be corrected or verified, the text about it will be in bold print. You must make any necessary corrections online. If you find no errors and there are no lines in bold print, no action is required.

Keep the SAR because it contains important information that may be requested by the Office of Financial Aid if problems arise. Do not submit the SAR or the FAFSA or any other document to the Office of Financial Aid unless specifically instructed to do so.

The information from the FAFSA is good for only one academic year, and students must reapply each aid year to remain eligible.

Students whose previous year's application was processed by the FAFSA processor will receive an e-mail from the U.S. Department of Education in November or December preceding the new award year reminding them to complete the FAFSA for the next academic year.

You can use the FAFSA4caster to help plan for college. It provides an early estimate of your eligibility for federal student assistance.

Applying for UNC Scholarships

The University of Northern Colorado’s admission application also serves as an application for several UNC scholarships you might automatically qualify for based on your previous academic performance.

Once you’re admitted, you can apply for other UNC scholarships by completing the UNC Universal Scholarship Application. The application is in Ursa – our secure online source of information and tools for students.

You must meet the March 1 submission priority date if you wish to be considered for funds other than Federal Pell Grant, Federal Subsidized and Unsubsidized Stafford Loans, Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students or Student Hourly Employment.