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How to Apply for Undergraduate Financial Aid

Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by the March 1 priority deadline.

The FAFSA is based on tax/income information from 2 years prior. (Example: 23/24 FAFSA is based on 2021 income information.)

Naropa School Code: 014652

Federal aid available:

Once the FAFSA is completed and you have been accepted  at Naropa (must include SSN on your Admissions Application), Naropa will receive your FAFSA.

Your FAFSA may be selected for verification. Students selected for verification must complete the verification process before we can award them financial aid.

This may mean additional information/documentation you may need to provide or we may need to finalize some additional reviews to complete your file.

The status of your financial aid file can be checked on your Financial Aid Self-Service Portal.

Once your financial aid file has completed the review process, you will enter the awarding process. You will be emailed once your awards are able to be viewed.

Review your awards, reduce amounts, or decline awards you do not wish to take, on the My Awards section of your Financial Aid Portal

If you chose to borrow federal student  loans, you may have some additional steps to complete before you can receive your award.

Student loans require:

Parent’s who borrow loans on students behalf also have to complete a Master Promissory Note and a Parent PLUS Loan Application.

The state of Colorado offers grants to eligible students who qualify. 

  • State funded financial aid may be available to Colorado residents who qualify
  • Students must complete the Colorado State Financial Aid Application, in addition to the FAFSA

You can find more information and links to our Colorado State Grant Application on the ‘State Aid’ tab of the Undergraduate Costs & Aid page.

Please check out our Scholarship pages for more information about Naropa Scholarships.

Undergraduate Scholarships


Student Employment types students may be eligible for:

  • Federal Work Study/Naropa Student Employment
  • Community Work Study

For more information check out the ‘Employment’ tabs on our Undergraduate Costs & Aid page.

Tips for Applying

  • The earlier you apply and complete all necessary paperwork, the more likely you are to receive the full amount of aid for which you are eligible
  • Late applicants and those whose financial aid application requirements are not met by the suggested deadline will still be awarded all forms of aid still available for which they are eligible
  • Students must complete the FAFSA with prior, prior tax year information. If your financial circumstances have changed, please contact the financial aid office.
  • Utilize the IRS Data Retrieval Tool on the FAFSA! This will transfer tax information from the IRS to your FAFSA.
  • If you are not required to file taxes, indicate so on the FAFSA and include any earnings on your application


The Financial Aid Office is required by law to report students to the Office of the Inspector General and/or local law enforcement officials if it is suspected that information has been misreported and/or altered for the purpose of increasing financial aid eligibility or fraudulently obtaining federal funds

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