Veteran & Military Connected Students

The Financial Aid & Scholarships Office is here to support our veterans, active duty personnel, and family members of veterans and active duty personnel. Students that plan to use veterans benefits should contact the CU Denver Veteran & Military Student Services Office to ensure required paperwork has been completed. If we may assist you with questions, contact us to speak with an advisor or schedule an appointment.

Apply for Financial Aid

We encourage all students who are eligible to complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). The application allows a student to be considered for grants, work-study, and loans. To be considered for financial aid with CU Anschutz, complete the application by visiting fafsa.gov and add University of Colorado Denver school code 004508. To learn more, visit our Apply for Aid page.

Impacts of Veterans Benefits on Financial Aid

Students may use both veterans benefits and financial aid to pay for their education. Upon completing the FAFSA, a student will be considered for grants, work-study and student loans. To learn more about the types of aid we offer, visit our types of aid .

Reporting Veterans Benefits on the FAFSA

Most veterans education benefits will not impact a student’s eligibility for financial aid and should not be reported on the FAFSA.. You do need to report non-education veterans benefits on the FAFSA. Non-education benefits include: disability, death pension, dependency indemnity compensation and/or VA work-study allowances.

Reporting Combat Pay on the FAFSA

Do not report untaxed combat pay on your FAFSA. Combat pay should be zero for enlisted persons and warrant officers (including commission officers) because their combact pay is entirely non-taxable. For commissioned officers generally, combat pay in excess of the highest enlisted persons' pay (plus imminent danger/hostile pay) is taxable. Combat pay that was taxable in your adjusted gross income should be reported on the FAFSA so it will not be used to calculate your aid eligiblity. For more information, see IRS Publication 3, Armed Forces' Tax Guide.‚Äč

Veteran Status and Financial Aid Dependency Status

Applicants are asked a series of questions on the FAFSA to determine a student’s dependency status and if parental information will be required. View the below information for clarification on veteran status for financial aid. Visit StudentAid.gov to learn more about dependency status on the FAFSA.

For Financial Aid Purposes, You Are Considered A Veteran If:

  • You engaged in active duty (including basic training) in the U.S. Armed Forces (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, or Coast Guard), or are a National Guard or Reserve enlistee who was called to active duty for other than state or training purposes (e.g., called to duty by executive/presidential order), or were a cadet or midshipman at one of the service academies, and
  • You were released under a condition other than dishonorable.

You Are Not Considered A Veteran For Financial Aid Purposes If:

  • You have never engaged in active duty (including basic training) in the U.S. Armed Forces,
  • Are currently an ROTC student, a cadet or midshipman at a service academy,
  • Are a National Guard or Reserves enlistee activated only for state or training purposes, or
  • Were engaged in active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces but released under dishonorable conditions
  • You are currently serving in the U.S. Armed Forces and will continue to serve through June 30 of the applicable FAFSA year.

Changes To Financial Circumstances

If the tax information reported on the FAFSA does not reflect a student and/or family’s current financial situation, the student may benefit from completing an Reconsideration of Income. A Reconsideration of Income takes into account a student’s current financial situation. Students that were recently discharged or that have had a significant reduction in income should speak with a financial aid advisor about the potential benefits of a Reconsideration of Income Appeal.

Selective Service Registration

Your registration status with Selective Service no longer affects your eligibility to receive federal student aid. For general information about registering, call Selective Service toll-free at 888-655-1825 or visit SSS.gov.

NOTE: If you are a citizen of the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, or the Republic of Palau, you are exempt from registering.

Funding Opportunities

Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant

If a student’s parent or guardian died as a result of military service in Iraq or Afghanistan after the events of 9/11, the student may be eligible for additional aid. To be eligible, at the time of the parent’s or guardian’s death, the student must have been less than 24 years old or enrolled at least part-time at a college or career school. To learn more, visit the Irag and Afghanistan Service Grant section on StudentAid.gov.

CU Denver | Anschutz Cohort Default Rate (CDR) Disclosure

 FY2019
FY2018
FY2017
CU Denver | Anschutz Default Rate 0.9%
 2.8%
3.4 %
No. in Default39 123 147
No. in Repay
4190
4282
4291
Enrollment Figures32,857
31,281
30,135
Percentage Calculation12.75
13.6
14.2
National Default Rate2.3%
7.3%
9.70%