Financial Aid

We know choosing a college is a big decision and that paying for college is a big investment for students and their families. We want to put a Mines education in reach for all students and we look forward to helping you achieve your academic dream.

Apply for Financial Aid

At Mines, we award financial aid based on merit and financial need as determined by the FAFSA. Last academic year over $27.9 million of financial assistance was awarded.  Typically more than 85% of the student body receives some form of aid, which includes scholarships, grants, loans or work study employment.


Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA): New and Renewal for 2018-2019

The FAFSA determines your eligibility for grants, loans, work study, and need-based scholarships. For full financial consideration, your FAFSA must be on file in our office by the respective priority deadlines shown below.  The FAFSA form for an upcoming academic year is currently available at

NOTE: You will need to file the FAFSA every year to be considered for financial aid.

Application Deadlines

Freshman/Transfer students
We must receive a complete, processed FAFSA in our office no later than March 1, 2018 for priority consideration for the 2018-2019 school year. Filing your FAFSA by February 15th should provide our office with the results by our priority deadline.

Returning students
We must receive a complete, processed FAFSA in our office no later than April 1, 2018 for priority consideration for the 2018-2019 school year.  Filing your FAFSA by March 15th should provide our office with the results by our priority deadline.

Steps to Apply for Aid

Step 1

  • One parent and the student should apply for a FSA ID so the student’s FAFSA can be “signed” electronically.
  • After October 1, file the FAFSA or renewal FAFSA online at FAFSA on the Web. It is typically processed within 3-5 business days.  If your taxes have not been completed, estimate your income to meet our priority deadline dates.
  • List Colorado School of Mines’ school code (001348) in the ‘School Section’ of FAFSA on the Web so we receive your data electronically.

Step 2

You will receive an email notification from the Department of Education confirming that your FAFSA has been processed.  Please be sure to read the entire email as the errors will appear toward the end. These errors may delay the processing of your financial aid award.  Please contact our office if you have any questions.

Step 3

Freshman/Transfer students
By mid-March you will receive your financial aid award letter if your FAFSA was filed by the priority deadline.  The award letter notifies you of the types and amounts of financial aid you are eligible to receive at Mines.  Instructions on how to accept or decline your financial aid, along with instructions on how to apply for loans, will be sent in early June.

Returning students
By late-May you will be able to access your Trailhead account and review the types and amounts of financial aid you are eligible to receive for the upcoming academic year.  If student loans are included with your financial aid package you will be able to accept, decline or reduce the amounts through your Trailhead account.

Step 4

Be sure to pay attention to information received by the Financial Aid Office, especially from  Emails will be sent to the student’s Mines email account if additional documentation is required.

Types of Aid


Available scholarships at Mines

  • Prospective Freshmen
  • Athletics
  • ROTC
  • Engineering Days (E-Days)

Work Study

Mines’ work study program provides part-time jobs for undergraduate students with financial need, allowing them to earn money to help pay their educational expenses.


grant is a form of financial aid that does not need to be repaid.  File the FAFSA each year to be considered.  If you are eligible for grant aid, your package may include a combination of federal, state, and institutional grants.


loan is a form of financial aid that must be repaid, with interest.  If you or your parents are interested in any type of loan we recommend completing the FAFSA first so our office can provide the best loan options for you.

Contact Us

Financial Aid Office
  Ben Parker Student Center
1200 16th Street
Golden, CO 80401
  FAX: 303-384-2252
Toll-free: 1-888-446-9489

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More information:

For billing issues contact: Bursar’s Office 303-273-3158

For health insurance waivers contact: Health Center 303-273-3388

For College Opportunity Fund contact: Registrar’s Office 303-273-3200

For information on Veteran Affairs contact: Registrar’s Office 303-273-3200

A few times a semester, we send out important information regarding deadlines, financial aid opportunities, and financial aid changes. You don’t want to miss these important announcements!