How to Apply for Financial Aid

Receive financial assistance. Here are the basic steps.

# 1 - FAFSA Application

Fill out your Free Application for Federal Student Aid!
See more details below.

Learn More About FAFSA

# 2 - Your FA Package

CMC's Financial Aid team reviews and processes your Award package.

Learn More - Types of Aid

# 3 - Review & Accept

Review and accept your Financial Aid awards. Know your rights and responsibilities.

See Polices > Review/Accept

# 4 / Maintain Eligibility

Remain in good standing for Satisfactory Academic Progress.

See Polices > SAP

Dates and Notices

March 1

  Deadline for CMC Scholarships.

March 31

  Priority date for FAFSA.

June - August

  Sign up for New Student Orientation. Required at residence hall campuses.

How to Apply for Financial Aid

Start by filling out your free FAFSA! Our staff is available to answer questions if you need assistance.

See the Checklist and FAQ below for your next steps and get familiar with our Policies to avoid losing any aid.

BE ADVISED: Information can change when the US Department of Education issues updates to awards, regulations or both. In like manner, all state, institutional and other aid is restricted by fund availability and other requirements. On occasion, we are required to reduce or cancel financial aid. While we regret any award reductions, they unfortunately do take place for reasons beyond our control. We sincerely apologize for those changes that negatively affect your ability to meet your educational expenses.

Fill Out Your FAFSA

Complete your FAFSA as soon after October 1 as possible.

CMC Federal School Code: 004506.

Types of Financial Aid

There are four main types of financial aid for college students including grants, scholarships, loans, and work-study funds. Some of these do not have to repaid. Some students, such as veterans, may qualify for special assistance. Find out what's offered to you!


Grants generally do not have to be repaid. Awards may range up to $5,830 during the 2016-17 academic year.

See Grants


Federal Direct and Parent PLUS loans are financed by the U.S. Dept. of Education. Alternative, private loans are also available.

See Loans


There's money available for your education! The CMC Foundation offers and administers over 400 scholarships.

See Scholarships

Work Study

Earn money and gain valuable experience while maximizing your financial aid.

See Work Study

VA Benefits

Most degree programs offered through Colorado Mountain College are approved for veterans’ educational benefits. We can help!

See VA Benefits

Financial Aid Policies