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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 1st. 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 1st 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.
Every year, approximately 30% of all financial aid applicants are selected by the U.S. Department of Education for a process called Verification. Verification is a means of testing the accuracy of the information submitted on a FAFSA, and by doing so, ensuring the integrity of the student financial aid programs. Schools are authorized to collect and review certain documentation in order to complete this process.
If the information submitted by the student conflicts with the information provided on the students' FAFSA, schools are obligated to make a correction to the application before financial aid eligibility can be accurately determined. The verification process generally takes 2-3 business days once the documents have been received. It may take longer during high volume times of the year.
Our office will communicate with students primarily through your student email account and updates made to eWOLF. Please check both regularly to see any requests for documentation.
See award process timelines.
Although FRCC accepts the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) throughout the academic year, the priority consideration date is April 1st of each year. Applying by this date could allow you to receive the maximum amount of financial aid.
See all the steps needed to apply for financial aid.
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.
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.
Financial Aid does not automatically transfer from school to school. In order to receive financial aid at another school, you will need to cancel your financial aid at the institution you are leaving and add the new school code on your FAFSA at fafsa.gov. Once this has been added, you will need to contact your new school’s Financial Aid Office to determine your next step.
Contact a Financial Aid Advisor at FRCC for more information.
Federal Direct Loans are a form of financial aid that must be repaid, either after a student graduates or when the student has stopped attending classes at least half-time (6-8 credit hours).
A Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is required in order to qualify. Student must also be enrolled in a degree seeking program and be attending at least 6-8 credit hours per term. There is also a limit on the subsidized loans that you may borrow.
First time borrowers must complete the Direct Loan Entrance Counseling and the Direct Loan Master Promissory Note (MPN). First time borrowers are also subject to a 30 day hold of their first loan disbursement at FRCC.
Learn more about student loans.
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.
Loan Exit Counseling must be done when you graduate or if you drop below half-time enrollment. If you have graduated and immediately sign up for a new program, you are still required to complete the exit counseling to continue to receive financial aid at FRCC.
You can complete your Exit Counseling online by visiting studentloans.gov and selecting the Exit Counseling option.
See more information on student loans
Most individuals who file a FAFSA will qualify for some sort of financial aid assistance as long as they meet general eligibility requirements. Most aid programs are need based and awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. It is highly recommended that students apply early so that their applications can be reviewed and aid can be awarded before the start of classes.
While FRCC does process financial aid year round, applying by the April 1st priority consideration date each year will increase your chances of receiving the maximum amount of financial aid available.
Typically, scholarships are submitted to the college directly by the donor. Scholarships will not pay toward your outstanding tuition and fees until after the drop date for 15 week courses.
If the scholarship is received before the payment deadline and is equal or greater than your bill, you are not responsible for making any payment. However, it is your responsibility to ensure the scholarship is received by the Financial Aid Office.
Check with your scholarship donor if you are uncertain of the enrollment requirements or if you would like to request a change in the requirement for a given term. Most scholarships are also not available in the Summer term.
See our listing of scholarship opportunities
Financial aid eligibility is determined based upon enrollment within an academic year (Fall, Spring, and Summer.) This eligibility is generally split between two terms, not three. This leaves some students with little to no financial aid available for the summer semester. If you plan to attend FRCC year round, you will need to plan financially for the third semester of enrollment within the academic year.
Contact a Financial Aid Advisor for more information.
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