Applying for Financial Aid
If you are a transfer student, we encourage you to see a Financial Aid Counselor at MSU Denver as early as possible and review our website to become familiar with your rights and responsibilities regarding financial aid.
Transfer students who apply for financial aid must also apply for admission and be accepted into a regular degree-seeking, licensure or certificate program at MSU Denver before any consideration or decision on financial aid can be made. However, you should not wait for formal acceptance to MSU Denver to apply for financial aid. You should apply early for both financial aid and admission.
To apply for federal and state aid you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the Renewal Application for Federal Student Aid. You can complete the electronic FAFSA online at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov. If you prefer to complete a paper application, you may request a paper application from the Office of Financial Aid.
The FAFSA is available at college financial aid offices and through high school counselors. There is no charge to submit the FAFSA. You must list Metropolitan State University of Denver (School Code 001360) as one of your school choices so we will receive your information without delay. You may visit our Applying for Graduate Financial Aid Section of the Website to learn more about the FAFSA.
By completing the FAFSA, you will be considered for the following programs based on the availability of funds:
You should mail a completed and signed FAFSA to the processor or complete an online FAFSA as early as possible each year. The FAFSA is available after January 1st of each year for the following academic year. Example: You may submit a 2010-2011 FAFSA beginning January 1, 2010.
If you plan to transfer to MSU Denver in the middle of the year (i.e. Spring semester) and you applied for financial aid from your previous school, you should begin the process of applying for aid at MSU Denver around mid-October by doing one of the following:
- Complete a MSU Denver Form in our office. You will need the PIN from your Student Aid Report (SAR).
- Request that a duplicate Student Aid Report (SAR) from the processor be sent to MSU Denver by calling 1-800-433-3243.
If you are transferring from another school, your financial aid will not transfer with you to MSU Denver.
If you borrowed a Federal Student Loan for the academic year, and are transferring mid-year, you must call your lender and cancel any remaining portion of your loan at your other school. You must also cancel your loan with the school you were attending. Then, you must reapply for a loan for the spring semester at MSU Denver. If you borrowed the maximum annual loan amount during the fall semester at your previous school, you will not be able to borrow a loan for the spring semester at MSU Denver. Your loan is subject to the annual loan limits.
Other factors may influence your ability to borrow and the amount you may borrow:
- If the loan period at your previous school overlaps with your loan period at MSU Denver, it is possible that you will not be eligible to borrow until the next semester.
- When you transfer credits from one school to another, it is possible that not all of your credits will be accepted. This may affect your class level (sophomore or junior status), and you may only be able to borrow the lesser amount of the sophomore level.
- The award process for transfer students is not final until credits from all previously attended schools are evaluated. The number of credits accepted by MSU Denver affects the final loan amount awarded to you. You should expect a 4-6 week wait for your credits to be evaluated after your academic transcripts are received by the Registrar’s Office.
- You must complete a first-time borrower’s Entrance Interview at MSU Denver even if you have previous loans from another school. Once your loan has been processed by the Office of Financial Aid, you will be required to complete a Master Promissory Note (MPN) with your loan lender. You will be notified via your ConnectU email account when it is time to complete the MPN.
Transfer Services works with enrolled and prospective transfer students at MSU Denver. The services offered include preliminary evaluations, resolution of transfer issues and referral to academic and department advising. Note: Students must have copies of their academic transcripts in their possession for preliminary evaluations.
Homepage: Transfer Services
Located: Central Classroom, Room 106
As a transfer student at MSU Denver, you should become familiar with the Graduate Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy. You will be required to meet the Satisfactory Academic Progress standards in order to receive financial aid.
Graduate program eligibility is tracked by each graduate department, including grade requirements and maximum time frame. In order to maintain eligibility for each graduate program, students are advised to consult their specific graduate departments. Eligibility for graduate financial aid is determined by both Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy and by specific program requirements.