General Policies

Financial Aid

Administration Building, Room 212

2200 Bonforte Blvd.

Pueblo, CO  81001-4901

Voice:    719.549.2753

Fax:        719.549.2088



Colorado State University-Pueblo makes every attempt to inform students about important policies related to financial aid. We want to make sure you know all of your rights and responsibilities.

Please become very familiar with these policies so that you are well informed about how your academic decisions will impact your financial aid.

As an institutional member of the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA), CSU-Pueblo follows the NASFAA Code of Conduct.

At Colorado State University-Pueblo, we strive to meet the financial need of students by maximizing the use of our federal, state, and institutional funding. Our office explores funding sources in the following priority:

  1. Grants and scholarships
  2. Work study programs
  3. Low interest loans

Student’s Rights and Responsibilities

As a student at CSU-Pueblo you have the right to:

  • Know all the types of financial assistance available to our students - including federal, state, and institutional sources.
  • Change or decline any financial aid awarded.
  • Appeal financial aid eligibility, including a financial aid award.

As a student at CSU-Pueblo you have the responsibility to:

  • Accurately and honestly complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and CSU-Pueblo Scholarship Application each year by the priority deadline of March 1.
  • Use financial aid solely for expenses related to attendance at CSU-Pueblo.
  • Be admitted in a degree-seeking program in order to receive financial aid.
  • Maintain at least 6 credit hours of enrollment per semester to receive financial aid.
  • Keep all contact information up to date with CSU-Pueblo.
  • Notify Financial Aid if you are attending two schools at the same time (you may not receive financial aid at two schools at the same time).
  • Read and understand the Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy, the Withdrawal Policy and other general policies related to financial aid.
  • Officially withdraw from CSU-Pueblo if you are unable to attend classes.
  • Report all scholarships that you receive to Financial Aid (all scholarships are counted as part of your financial aid and may impact other financial aid).
  • Review and be aware of all Student Billing policies.
  • Monitor your CSU-Pueblo e-mail account for important Financial Aid information.
  • View your financial aid, balance due, and other individual student information via PAWS

Financial Aid Appeal Procedure

Although the formula used to determine eligibility for financial aid is generally the same for all applicants, there are certain instances where some flexibility may be employed.  Examples include special circumstances that might affect a student’s dependency status, missed deadlines, an award which may not meet your cost of education, a significant change in your family’s income due to unemployment or change of employment, or significant medical expenses.  Contact Financial Aid and discuss your situation with a Financial Aid Counselor, who will determine the best solution.  This may include completing a Financial Aid Appeal form, to be provided by a Financial Aid Counselor.  Financial Aid Appeals must include a written explanation accompanied by any supporting documentation.  Please be advised that we cannot adjust your EFC due to lifestyle choices or consumer decisions which are generally within your control and/or are not directly associated with going to school (e.g., automobile loan payments, individual leases or mortgages, insurance, utility payments, pet expenses, etc.).

Financial Aid Committee

The state of Colorado requires that each institution receiving state-funded student aid have a Financial Aid Committee to advise the Financial Aid Director regarding institution policies.  In addition to those duties, at CSU-Pueblo the Financial Aid Committee also acts on Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) appeals, some scholarship award decisions and appeals, and serves in an advisory capacity on general financial aid policies and procedures.  The Financial Aid Committee consists of two students, two faculty, two staff, and two Financial Aid Counselors.

Merit Policy 

Financial aid awards are based primarily on need, but also merit as funding allows.  The merit awards may include funding from the State of Colorado, CSU-Pueblo or both.  Academic performance is the chief consideration for merit awards, although other factors may be considered. 

Other General Policies

Students may elect to charge to their student account for the purchase of textbooks if they choose to purchase through the CSU-Pueblo Bookstore.  Please note, however, that charging books to the student account does not in any way guarantee that financial aid awarded will be enough to pay for them - and students could incur late charges on any unpaid portion of their bill.  It is the student's responsibility to monitor their account through PAWS to make sure their bill is paid in full, including any book charges.  Additionally, to charge books, students must not have a previous outstanding balance with the University, and must not be enrolling in correspondence or Independent Study courses.

Students are not required to utilize this option to purchase textbooks through the CSU-Pueblo Bookstore.  Waiting until disbursement and using any excess funds received to purchase books, or simply purchasing books "out-of-pocket" without the use of financial aid are options also available to students.  The method of textbook purchase plays no role in a student's financial aid award.

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