Applying For Aid

At Mines, we award financial aid based on merit and financial need as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  

Applying for aid in 4 steps

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. 
  • 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.  You will be able to see in that Mines has received your FAFSA in Trailhead.  Please contact our office if you have any questions.

Step 3

Freshman/Transfer students
For incoming fall students, you will receive your financial aid award letter by mid-March if your FAFSA was filed by the priority deadline of March 1st.  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.  Spring transfer students should submit their FAFSA to Mines as soon as they can to be evaluated for maximum financial aid.  

Returning students
By early June you will be awarded financial aid if your FAFSA was filed by the priority deadline of April 1st.  Awards will be posted to Trailhead only; paper award letters will not be mailed.  If student loans are included with your financial aid award package you will be able to accept, decline or accept partial amounts your Trailhead account.

Step 4

Complete any outstanding eligibility requirements listed in Trailhead.  If borrowing federal loans, follow instructions to secure the loan.  Be sure to pay attention to information received by the Financial Aid Office, especially from  Emails will be sent your Mines email account if additional documentation is required.