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Financial Aid is a multi-step process so we encourage you work to apply for financial aid well before you start your semester. You can complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at www.fafsa.gov. The FAFSA needs to be completed for each year that you plan on attending FRCC by the priority consideration date of April 1. By adding our school code (007933) to your FAFSA, the U.S. Department of Education will send your information to FRCC electronically within 5-7 business days.
See all the steps needed to apply for financial aid.
All Colorado Residents should also be sure that they have applied for and authorized the Colorado Opportunity Fund (COF) through the dashboard on eWOLF. The COF is a stipend from the State of Colorado to help reduce the amount of tuition at Front Range Community College.
Learn about the different types of financial aid offered at FRCC.
For questions about your financial aid, you may call or visit the Financial Aid Office at your campus:
Boulder County: (303) 678-3696
Larimer: (970) 204-8376
Westminster/Brighton: (303) 404-5250
You may also email a Financial Aid Advisor.
We are open:
Monday and Thursday: 8:30am - 6:00pm
Tuesday and Wednesday: 8:30am - 5:00pm
Friday: 8:30am - 4:00pm
Scholarships are not automatically awarded to students through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Scholarships require separate applications and can be found in a variety of ways. FRCC maintains a list of scholarships on our website and we encourage students to check regularly as new scholarships are continuously added.
Check with your scholarship donor if you are uncertain of the enrollment requirements/deadlines or if you would like to request a change in the requirement for a given term. Most scholarships are also not available in Summer term.
If you would like help in searching for scholarships, please contact the Financial Aid Office.
Available positions are posted online through the FRCC Job Opportunities page. As an applicant, you will be asked to create a “profile,” which will give you the opportunity to upload your resume and all other pertinent information you would need to apply for a job.
You must have a work study award before you can apply for a job. Most awards are offered to students who fill out a FAFSA by the April 1 priority consideration date. There is also a waitlist available for students who have not been awarded work study but are interested in a work study position. Contact the Financial Aid Office to be added to the work study waitlist.
Work Study is a financial aid program designed to assist students with employment opportunities on campus or within the community. Students must be enrolled in at least 6 credit hours to maintain their eligibility for this program. This is a regular paid position in which a student will receive a bi-monthly paycheck. Learn more about work study.
Financial aid is paid toward tuition and fee balances after the date you can no longer drop 15-week courses for each term. See drop/add deadlines.
If the amount of financial aid you are receiving exceeds the amount of tuition and fees that you owe, you will receive a refund for the difference to use toward education related expenses.
Unlike loans, grants do not need to be repaid. Grants offered at FRCC are based upon financial need and are available through federal, state or institutional sources. A Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is required in order to qualify. Additional qualifications may apply.
Learn about the types of grants and eligibility requirements.
All financial aid awards are offered with the assumption of full time (12+ credit hour) enrollment. However, this does not mean that you must be enrolled full time in order to receive financial aid. Instead, the amount of financial aid you can qualify for depends on the number of credits in which you enroll and attend.
See our disbursement webpage for prorated amounts based upon enrollment.
See the Terms and Conditions of Financial Aid for more information.
Parents can borrow loans to help pay for educational expenses on behalf of their dependent children through the Federal PLUS Loan Program. Applications are processed through the U.S. Department of Education, who then makes the decision to approve or deny the loan based upon parent credit history. This loan requires a FAFSA and new application each academic year.
If a PLUS application is denied, the student may be eligible to borrow up to $4,000 in additional Unsubsidized Direct loans.
Learn more about PLUS loans.
Federal and state regulations require that all financial aid recipients meet specific academic standards called Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP). Except for some private and institutional funds, all forms of financial aid (grants, loans and work-study) are affected by this policy. SAP status is determined at the end of each term.
A student’s entire academic history at Front Range Community College is considered, including periods when financial aid was not received. The three components of Satisfactory Academic Progress are:
- Cumulative GPA of 2.0 or above
- Cumulative completion rate of 67% or above
- Maximum time frame for the degree or program: Students must complete a degree or certificate prior to attempting 150% of the number of credits needed for their degree or certificate.
Learn more about Satisfactory Academic Progress.
Work study students are paid only for the hours actually worked, up to a maximum of 20 hours per week. Students are paid every two weeks through direct deposit.
Learn more about work study.
Per federal regulations, first time student loan borrowers at FRCC are subject to a 30 day hold of their first loan disbursement. This regulation only pertains to the first term of enrollment and will not affect future disbursements.
Learn more about student loans.
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