As you begin the process of applying for financial aid for the academic year, the UNC Office of Financial Aid offers these tips:

1. File by the March 1 deadline to have full consideration for all types of aid. Students whose applications are received by the processor after March 1 missed out on state grants, work study and Perkins Loans last year due to a shortage of funds.

2. Keep or print out a copy of the FAFSA you submit. If you file online, print out a copy, or make one of the paper FAFSA before you mail it.

3. Follow the instructions--if it asks for adjusted gross income, follow the specific line from the tax returns, and don't forget information form your W2 forms!!

4. For more detailed instructions concerning the general application process for financial aid, see the following Department of Education links:

Completing the FAFSA (instructions)

Apply for the FAFSA here

The Student Guide
The on-line version of the Department of Education's Student Guide. For information specifically on applying for financial aid, go directly to the section Applying for Financial Aid.

Paying for college is easier than you think...
Expedite the process by using the IRS Data Retrieval Option

The U.S. Department of Education and the Internal Revenue Service have worked together to develop a process called the IRS Data Retrieval Option to simplify the steps that students and families must take each year to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

*Important Information on IRS Data Retrieval/Obtaining a Tax Transcript


If all goes well and you applied on time, you should receive notification of an award from UNC about the first week in April. Scholarships may or may not appear on your first award letter, it depends if the scholarship committees have made decisions. You will receive separate notification of scholarships awarded in any case. Have questions? Call us at (970) 351-2502, email us at ofa@unco.edu.