For information regarding various types of programs and courses Colorado State University offers, required forms and important deadlines visit Colorado State Division of Continuing Education (DCE) homepage.
Applying for Financial Aid
Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on the Web. Once you have been accepted to CSU and enrolled in CE courses, a Student Financial Services representative will adjust your financial aid award to reflect the cost of your program.
To check the status of your financial aid application, visit RAMweb , select Current Financial Aid Awards. You can review where you are in the financial aid process, view your current award notice, accept/decline your loan(s), and complete other processing requirements.
Using Financial Aid for Division of Continuing Education (DCE) Courses
To be eligible for financial aid, you must be admitted to Colorado State in a degree-seeking program and be enrolled in at least 6 credits per semester (undergraduate) or at least 5 credits per semester (graduate). You may use federal and/or state aid, however, DCE courses will not be considered for institutional aid.
Your financial aid budget includes a tuition and fee amount based on 9 or more credits of regular on-campus credits. Courses offered through DCE (correspondence, telecommunications, and on-line courses) have different tuition costs than regular on-campus credit courses. If your cost of regular on-campus credits and DCE tuition and fees is less than the standard regular on-campus credits amount, we must adjust your financial aid budget to reflect your actual tuition and fee costs.
If you are enrolled solely in correspondence, telecommunications, or on-line courses, the only costs that can be included in your budget are tuition, fees, books and supplies and a small living allowance. If you are enrolled solely in 6 credits or more correspondence courses, you are considered to be enrolled for half-time.
After we calculate the actual costs that can be included in your budget, we may be required to reduce your financial aid. If you have or will receive a refund, hold on to it until all adjustments to your budget and aid have been made.
Pell Grant and Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)
If you are enrolled in a correspondence course and
Have been awarded a Pell Grant, you must complete 50% of your coursework before you can receive your Pell Grant.
Have been awarded an SEOG, you must submit your first completed lesson before you can receive your SEOG.
If awarded a Pell or SEOG Grant, courses must be completed by the last day of the semester. If courses are not completed, it will result in an adjustment to your financial aid.
Institutional Aid for DCE Courses
DCE courses are not eligible to receive Institutional aid.
Employer Tuition Assistance Form
This form must be completed by you and your employer and returned to our office. Your employer indicates if they will provide tuition assistance or reimbursement for your education. The amount your employer provides will be assessed as a resource in addition to financial aid. When paying tuition for DCE courses, you are responsible to pay for the portion your employer will cover, knowing you will receive reimbursement from your employer.
Receiving Your Financial Aid
Financial aid is disbursed at the same time as for regularly enrolled CSU students. The aid will be automatically credited to your student account, if you meet all of the following requirements:
admitted to CSU in a degree granting program
enrolled in 6 credits (undergraduate) or 5 credits (graduate)
accept your Direct Loans (if offered) on RAMweb. Direct loans also require a master promissory note. (Undergraduates)If you are offered a Perkins Loan, you must complete, sign, and return a promissory note and entrance questionnaire.
Requesting a Refund
Financial aid refunds are mailed or sent directly to your bank via direct deposit. Visit RAMweb to sign up for direct deposit.
College Opportunity Fund (COF)
Undergraduate Degree Students: Continuing Education credits are not eligible for College Opportunity Fund (COF) funding. Credit earned through Continuing Education courses will not be counted toward the 145 lifetime hour maximum for COF.