In Week 5, you created your FSA ID and gathered the necessary filing documents. Now it's time to file your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and Colorado Opportunity Fund (COF) applications!
How do I file the FAFSA?
Navigate to fafsa.gov.
Click START HERE. You will be asked to confirm that you are the student and then you will log in with your FSA ID and password.
The system will walk you through using all of the documents you gathered to enter the information required.
Before you submit your FAFSA, both you and parent must sign it. To sign the FAFSA electronically, use your FSA ID; then, ask your parent to enter their FSA ID in the parent signature box.
What happens after I file?
Filing the FAFSA is the first step in getting grants, work study, loans or scholarships. You may need to make corrections to your FAFSA if asked to do so.
- Make necessary corrections to your FAFSA.
- Add additional schools if needed.
- Contact the financial aid office at your college to confirm they received your FAFSA.
Once you file, the U.S. Department of Education will email your Student Aid Report (SAR), which summarizes your eligibility information to the colleges that you specified on your FAFSA. You can also look it up using your FSA ID. From there, the colleges and universities will determine how much aid they can offer you.
Important note: You may be selected for a process called verification. This means the college or university may have questions about your FAFSA. Don’t panic: work with your school to get the documents they need and stay positive!
College In Colorado can help
Colorado Opportunity Fund Applications
If you think you’ll attend an institution in Colorado, you should fill out your COF application. COF is an additional stipend for in-state students, saving you and your family even more money.
You should apply for COF regardless of your immigration status. You do not need to provide your SSN nor be a lawful U.S. resident to receive the stipend. Under the Colorado ASSET law, you may apply for COF and receive in-state tuition if you meet these criteria.
To apply, you will need to provide the following information:
- Your Social Security Number (optional)
- Your personal information (name, birthday, address)
- Whether you’re an ASCENT student
- If you’re a U.S. Citizen, permanent resident or otherwise lawfully present in the U.S.
- If you’re not currently a U.S. citizen, permanent resident or lawfully present, you will sign an affidavit along with your COF application.
Ready to apply? Navigate to the COF website and click Apply Now!