Jump to main content


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 and institutional grants, work study and Perkins Loans last year due to limited 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-when it asks for 2018 income information (for spring/summer 2021 use the 2020-21 FAFSA) and/or 2019 income information (for fall 2021 use the 2021-22 FAFSA), follow the instructions for the irs-data retrievel.
  4. For more detailed instructions concerning the general application process for financial aid, see the following Department of Education links:

Expedite the process by using the IRS Data Retrieval Option.

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

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).

If all goes well and you applied on time, you should receive an estimated notification of an award from UNC in December with an official letter coming in March. 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) 351-4862, email us at ofa@unco.edu.