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Important Financial Forms & Terminology


The FAFSA is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. If you think you need help paying for your college expenses, you will need to apply for financial aid by completing the FAFSA form. The FAFSA asks for tax information from the previous year and is available online January 1. Many colleges require the FAFSA to be completed by February 15, so check with your college or university in order to meet their specific deadlines.

Using the FAFSA for more than 10 colleges?  Click here for directions.

CSS Profile

The CSS Profile is similar to the FAFSA and is required by many colleges, universities, and scholarship programs. (For a complete list, click here.) The CSS Profile is administered through College Board, and is also generally due February 15. Again, check with your schools to determine their CSS Profile deadline.

College Opportunity Fund

The College Opportunity Fund provides a stiped, paid by the state of Colorado, for resident high school graduates who will stay in-state for college. This application takes only a few minutes to complete and can be submitted at any point during high school.


The EFC stand for Expected Family Contribution.Each school uses the financial information you provide to calculate an EFC – and it is what you and your family are expected to contribute towards your educational expenses.

Priority Funding Deadline

It is important to know and meet all college financial aid deadlines. If you do not submit forms and paperwork on time you may lose out on funding that otherwise would have been available to you.

Student Loan Repayment Calculator

Use this calculator as a guide to how the expected debt from loans for college will translate to repayment after college.

Helpful Websites

Your Federal Student Loans: Learn the Basics and Manage Your Debt

Types of Scholarships & Grants

Avoid Scams

Federal Student Aid videos

Financial Aid Planning for Parents

Understanding Federal vs. Private Loans

Loan Repayment and Forgiveness Plans

College Loan Repayment and Repayment Estimator


Higher Ed Savings Plans and Tax Credits









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