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FAFSA

For students with social security numbers. FAFSA should be completed soon after it becomes available on Oct. 1.

Filling out FAFSA as early as possible can help students get a jump on other financial aid applications such as the Bright Futures grant.

After students apply for FAFSA and receive a PDF copy of their SAR (which includes the EFC which is required when uploading to BF) they should save it somewhere easily accessible. How to Access SAR on FAFSA Page

 

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CASFA

CASFA is a safe alternative to FAFSA for students without documentation who will graduate from a Colorado high school and have been physically present in Colorado for at least 12 consecutive months prior to enrolling in an institution, making them an ASSET student eligible for in-state tuition.

The ASSET flow chart is below.

Non-U.S. citizens and those that are not permanent residents of the U.S. can use the CASFA to apply for institutional aid. Unlike the FAFSA, students will not receive a SAR report or any correspondence via email. To view the EFC, log into the student portal and click the “View an application” icon (shaped like an eye). This will open a PDF of the completed application. The calculated EFC is visible at the bottom of the application, just above the signature section.

 

Colorado ASSET eligibility chart
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