Awarding Process

FAFSA Application Period

Students can fill out their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Beginning October 1st each year.  This allows a student to complete the next academic year FAFSA almost a year in advance to ensure they have their award package and to prepare a budget for college expenses.  Students and their families will use federal tax information from two years prior on the FAFSA application.

FAFSA Application Date Available Tax Year Required Semesters Covered Awarding Timeline
 2018-2019  October 1st, 2017  2016 Fall 2018, Spring 2019, Summer 2019 Mid-Spring 2018
 2019-2020  October 1st, 2018  2017 Fall 2019, Spring 2020, Summer 2020 Mid-Spring 2019

Cost of Attendance/Budgets

Each student is given a Cost of Attendance (COA) or budget based upon several factors which includes residency status, degree program and living situation.   

Awarding Information

Fall/Spring
  • Packaging financial aid awards for the upcoming award year begins roughly six months prior (around March/April) to the start of the Fall term and is ongoing throughout the award year.
  • Most Financial aid packages are split equally between the Fall and Spring term.
  • To view your offered aid and determine how much you will need for your educational costs, log into eWolf and view the "Financial Aid Award" tool or visit the "Payments and Financial Aid" tab.
  • Payment of financial aid to a student's account takes place approximately three weeks after the semester has begun.
 Spring/Summer
  • Packaging financial aid awards for the Spring and Summer semesters generally begins in November for students who are not attending the Fall term.
  • Students who transfer to FRCC and attended another school in the Fall will have their financial aid awards adjusted based upon their remaining eligibility for the aid year.  This will have an impact on how much aid is available for the Spring and Summer semesters.
  • Most financial aid packages that are offered will be split equally between the Spring and Summer term.  Funds such as work-study are limited and may be unavailable.
  • To view your offered aid and determine how much you will need for your educational costs, log into eWolf and view the "Financial Aid Award" tool or visit the "Payments and Financial Aid" tab.
  • Payment of financial aid to a student's account takes place approximately three weeks after the semester has begun.
 Summer
  • Packaging financial aid awards for the Summer semester generally begins in April for students not already offered Summer aid.
  • Funding is limited for Summer term and is based upon remaining federal eligibility that has not already been used during the prior Fall and Spring term.
  • To view your offered aid and determine how much you will need for your educational costs, log into eWolf and view the "Financial Aid Award" tool or visit the "Payments and Financial Aid" tab.
  • For work-study availability, please contact the financial aid office.  Additional work-study information may be found under Work-Study and Student Employment.
  • Payment of financial aid to a student's account takes place approximately three weeks after the semester has begun.

Transfer Students

Students who plan to transfer to FRCC during the academic year and wish to be considered for financial aid need to add the FRCC school code (007933) to their FAFSA application.  It is important to cancel any pending aid at your previous institution prior to transferring to FRCC.  If a student does not cancel pending aid at their prior institution before transferring to FRCC, they could end up owing a balance at one or both institutions.  

FRCC may request an overlapping aid clearance form be completed by a student's prior institution.  This will confirm how much, if any, federal aid was used during previous terms within the academic year at a student's prior school.  The amount of financial aid eligibility at FRCC may be limited.  Student aid eligibility will be adjusted based upon remaining eligibility not used while attending prior institutions within the same school year.

Just Visiting for a Class or Two?

Visiting students who are not seeking to earn a degree from FRCC are not eligible for financial aid.  Tuition and fees must be paid by the payment deadline each term, which is roughly a week after the first day of the semester.  There are possible negative repercussions to a student's federal aid eligibility hen transferring from a 4-year institution to a 2-year institution.  Students should contact the Financial Aid Office prior to declaring a degree program at FRCC if you have questions.

Contact Financial Aid

Email us or contact office at your campus:

Boulder County Campus

Phone: (303) 678-3696

Fax: (303) 678-3693

Larimer Campus

Phone: (970) 204-8376

Fax: (970) 204-8445

Westminster Campus

Phone: (303) 404-5250

Fax: (303) 439-9454

Brighton Center

Phone: (303) 404-5250

Fax: (303) 439-9454

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