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All financial aid funds are applied to the student bill beginning the first week of school each semester provided the student and/or parent has completed all tasks for the aid to pay. Please review your Ursa account to make sure you have accepted your aid and completed any loan lender tasks required. 

All financial aid refunds will be provided by a mailed check or a direct deposit. Students will not be able to pick up refund checks at Bear Central in efforts to comply with UNC’s social distancing, health and safety measures.  

Financial Aid for Graduate Students

Did you know that approximately 70% of all UNC students receive some form of financial aid assistance? Understanding the financial aid process is an important step toward fulfilling your educational goals. Take the first step to receiving financial aid by filing your FAFSA. Learn more about all your options and completing your next steps by reviewing the below information.

The Graduate school offers various Assistantships and other forms of tuition help.The Graduate School  has additional and helpful information on graduate funding and costs

Important Dates

  • October 1 – FAFSA becomes available 
  • November 1 - UNC Scholarship Application is available through your Ursa account.
  • June 1 –  FAFSA and UNC Scholarship Application Deadline: File by the June 1 deadline to have full consideration.
  • June 15 – Accept or decline financial aid award amounts through Ursa. Remember, you will only have 20 days to make a decision or all aid will be forfeited. 
  • September 2 – Fall tuition payments are due.
  • File Your FAFSA

    Your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) will need to be submitted for the upcoming academic year to receive federal loans. Remember the FAFSA is a free application. Stay away from sites requesting payment for completing the application.

    To complete the FAFSA:


    Have your Federal Student Aid ID (FSA ID) ready


    Use UNC’s School Code 001349


    IRS Data Retrieval Tool is  now available and recommended for 2022-23.

    Expedite your application by using the IRS Data Retrieval Option


    Apply at fafsa.gov

    Submit the FAFSA by the March 1 priority deadline to maximize your amount of aid you receive. You should use your 2020 tax information for the 2022-23 academic year. If you you have not filed your taxes for 2020, you should contact the Office of Financial Aid.

    You will receive a confirmation email from the U.S. Department of Education with your Student Aid Report (SAR). Make sure to verify that all of your information is correct. If you need to make corrections, you may do this online at www.fafsa.gov. Be sure to check your spam folder for your FAFSA confirmation if you do not receive it within a week.

    Students may submit documentation of any unusual or extenuating circumstances not reflected on the FAFSA. Contact the Office of Financial Aid for more information about this process. 

    Helpful Links for Applying 


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


    Details on completing the FAFSA.

    Federal Aid Resources

    Online  resources from the Department of Education. 


  • UNC Scholarship Application

    The UNC Scholarship Application can also be found under the Financial tab in Ursa. Use this quick and easy application to apply for UNC Foundation scholarships.

    Find UNC Scholarships

  • Checking your Ursa and BearMail Accounts

    Ursa is your student account that will detail information such as financial aid, credit requirements, and GPAs. Be sure to check your BearMail account, this is where you may view your UNC emails. The Office of Financial Aid will send your award email and information to your BearMail account.

  • Accepting or Declining your Aid on Ursa

    If you have completed all required paperwork, after the first week of March, you should be able to accept or decline your award letter.

    To accept your award letter please follow these steps:

    • Log onto your Ursa and go to the Financial tab
    • Click on "View/Accept Award Offer". It will bring you to a screen with 4 tabs at the top. If you haven’t already, you will need to click on the 3rd tab over that says “Terms and Certification Conditions” and accept them.
      IMPORTANT: you are ONLY accepting that you have read the terms and conditions and you accept them. YOU ARE NOT accepting any of your awards yet.
    •  Once you have clicked “Accept”, the 4th tab that says “Accepting your award" will become available to view. This is where you will find exactly what you were offered. You will need to “accept” or “decline” the loan(s) you wish to pursue and then push the “submit decision” button.
    •  If you select the “Accept full awards” button you will automatically accept the full amount of all your awards. (Including your loans- student and parent.)
    • If you mistakenly accept or decline certain loans on your account and you want to change your award letter, please email the office at ofa@unco.edu with your name, bear number and what loan and amount you want to accept or decline. Your request will be processed within 3-5 business days.
      NOTE: If you have NEVER borrowed Federal Direct Stafford loans with UNC before, you will need to complete some additional steps at StudentLoans.gov such as; the Federal Direct Stafford Loan Entrance Counseling and the Master Promissory Note (MPN).
  • Viewing your Bill

    Your student bill can be viewed on Ursa under the “Financial” tab.  Located on the top left, the account balances for your terms at UNC can be seen; at the bottom will be your account balance. Click on each term to see a detailed list of term credits and payments.

    Learn more about reading your bill.

  • Summer Aid

    Processing will begin April 20th for all students registered for summer classes that have a current year FAFSA on file. The deadline for summer aid is July 20. Summer aid will be accepted through Ursa under the View/Accept Award Offer tab.

  • Determining Your Costs

    For the purposes of determining financial aid, our office follows the Colorado Department of Higher Education (CDHE) and federal guidelines to develop an estimated, average cost of attendance (budget) for different student classifications (commuter/non-commuter, undergraduate/graduate, resident/nonresident, etc.).

    Budgets include estimated figures for tuition and mandatory fees as well as estimated averages for room and board, books and supplies, transportation, and personal (miscellaneous) expenses.

    View Estimated Costs Information

  • Maintaining Your Aid 

    warning NOTE: The deadline for Fall 2021 appeals is  Novemebr 12, 2021.

    Federal regulations require that the University of Northern Colorado establish a policy to monitor the academic progress of students who apply for and receive financial aid. Students must be making satisfactory academic progress (SAP) toward their academic objective in order to maintain their eligibility for financial aid.

    Standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress

    The Standards for SAP and the associated policies may have changed for the next academic year. All students need to read this material carefully, and direct any questions to the Office of Financial Aid at 970-351-4862.

    SAP Policy

    Please note: Academic Suspension appeals policy expectations differ from the Financial Aid Ineligibility Appeal Policy and have a separate application process. View instructions for academic appeal.

    Ineligible for Aid

    If you receive notification that you are Ineligible for Aid, you cannot to receive financial aid through UNC. Being Ineligible for Aid does not prohibit your enrollment at UNC, but you will be responsible for all charges incurred. Ineligibility remains in effect unless overturned by the Financial Aid Appeals Committee. If you are academically suspended and then are readmitted to the university, you must still appeal your financial aid Ineligibility. If financial assistance is received and you were not eligible for it, repayment of that aid is required immediately. The entire financial aid Refund/Repayment Policy may be obtained upon request from the Office of Financial Aid.