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COVID-19 Admissions Updates

We understand that safety measures and closures surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic may impact your planning as you make your college decision.

UNC’s Office of Admissions is working diligently on ways to support you as you explore options for your college journey during this challenging time. The Colorado Department of Higher Education is also here to help and support students across Colorado.

Virtual Open House Sessions

Our dedicated campus leaders are holding live virtual open house sessions to help answer your questions about a variety of topics from campus updates to on-campus housing.

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COVID-19 Safety at UNC

UNC will always prioritize student and campus community health and safety. UNC has been actively monitoring the evolving Coronavirus situation at a university level and is providing regular updates on our COVID-19 website.

Frequently Asked Questions

Find the answers to Admissions-related questions you might have here, and check our COVID-19 website for regularly updated university-wide information.

General Information

Admitted Students 

  • Is May 1 still the Confirmation deadline?

    No. We realize that many students are reassessing their college decision process so we plan to support and celebrate students' decisions to attend UNC throughout the summer.

    If you are admitted to the School of Music or the School of Theatre Arts & Dance, please confirm program deadlines by connecting with Kendra.Schneider@unco.edu.

  • Is my enrollment deposit refundable?

    Our enrollment deposit applies directly to your student bill the first semester you enroll at UNC (it is not a fee). However, UNC recognizes that COVID-19 is creating financial uncertainty and will consider requests for refunds on a case-by-case basis. Please reach out to your admission counselor with questions. 

  • Am I still required to attend Orientation?

    Due to ongoing concerns and preventative measures regarding COVID-19 all on-campus events through July 31, 2020 have been canceled, including on-campus New Student Orientation.

    We are working on virtual delivery and will provide updates on the New Student Orientation website.

  • What happens if my parents or I lose our jobs due to Coronavirus? How does this impact my future financial aid?

    If you or your parent(s) have been impacted financially by the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19), or by other circumstances, either by loss of income, loss of employment, or other circumstances that significantly impact your or your family’s ability to pay for future educational expenses, the Office of Financial Aid may be able to take them into consideration.

    If you already have a Bear Verification account, log in to your account through Ursa and click on the blue button on the top right that says “Request”, and request a Family Contribution Appeal. If you do not have a Bear Verification account, you may contact the Office of Financial Aid at ofa@unco.edu briefly explaining your circumstances to start your request for an appeal. The appeal will be completed online, and you will need to provide documentation to support your appeal. We are here to help!

    Please note:

    • Loss of income must have occurred for 60 days or more prior to the date of appeal.
    • You will need to be able to document at least a 20% decrease in income for consideration.

    If you submit an appeal, please note that processing times usually are 2-3 weeks, and at times processing times may exceed 3 weeks. Should you have additional questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us at ofa@unco.edu.

  • Can I still apply for financial aid for Fall 2020?

    Even though UNC's priority deadline for aid has passed, students and families are still encouraged to file a FAFSA using the IRS data-retrieval tool when possible. Although campus is temporarily closed, our office will continue to process aid applications and will send out important updates as they become available.

  • How can I complete verification now that campus is closed? 

    The verification process at the University of Northern Colorado is completed online through the student’s Ursa account. Students and parents are able to use online based forms to complete verification and e-sign documents. View Instructions on how to create accounts and complete the verification process here. On that same site there are additional instructions on how parent(s) can set up their Bear Verification account.

    If students or parents need to provide other documents, like IRS Tax Return Transcripts, IRS 1040 Forms, W-2s, etc., our systems also allow students to upload pictures (clear and legible), or PDF files. These systems are operational, and files are being reviewed during business hours.

    If you experience issues creating your account or e-signing a document, please do not hesitate to contact the Office of Financial Aid either via email at ofa@unco.edu or call our office at 970 351-4862 Ext. 1 during regular office hours.

  • Can I defer my enrollment to later term?

    Yes, students can complete the Change Information Form to defer their enrollment to a later term. Keep in mind students can only defer for 3 consecutive academic semesters. Additionally, if during that time you complete any college-level coursework at a community college or university, you will need to reapply to UNC as a transfer student. You’ll also be required to submit official transcripts. 

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