Colorado Mesa University

Applying for Financial Aid

Colorado Mesa University is committed to assisting students in achieving their academic goals through academic and leadership scholarships, grants, loans, and work study. Over $74 million is awarded to 75 percent of the student body each year. Colorado Mesa University also provides an opportunity for families to participate in a payment plan.

Step 1: Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). There are FAFSA worksheets available in your financial aid office to assist you in filling out the web application. If you have any question or concerns about filling out your online FAFSA application, please contact the Colorado Mesa University Office of Financial Aid.

Step 2: In two to three weeks from the date that you completed and submitted the FAFSA, it will be reviewed and processed by the Office of Financial Aid to determine whether you are eligible for need-based assistance. Your calls are encouraged in order to check the status of your online application, but please wait the estimated time before inquiring.

Step 3: If additional documentation is necessary, the financial aid office will contact you via mail with the request. If no extra paperwork is needed, you will receive an "Award Letter" in the mail. The award letter is a listing of all your financial aid eligibility for the school year. Students can check if additional information is needed on their MAVzone.

Step 4: You may accept or reject your financial aid award offer through your MAVzone portal under the student finance tab.

Additional Information

While students do not have to be admitted to Colorado Mesa University to start the financial aid process, they must be admitted before financial aid will be awarded. The University administers all need-based aid on a first-come, first-serve basis. In order for students to receive priority consideration for financial aid, students should be complete in admission and financial aid by March 1.

Applicants who complete their admission and financial aid files by the priority date will be notified of their eligibility by April 15. Applicants who complete their files after the priority date will receive notification of their financial aid status within two weeks after their file is complete. The key to applying for financial aid is timing and having financial need.

Since awards are made on a first-come basis, it's critical to get your financial aid application in early before funds run out. Keep in mind it takes a few weeks to process your financial aid application, so plan accordingly. To maximize your award eligibility, you should complete your financial aid application as soon as possible after January 1 before the fall semester you will attend.

Financial Aid is based on need and is awarded according to your family's ability to meet the costs of attending Colorado Mesa University. If your family's financial resources fall short of the cost to attend based on the government's evaluation of your family's financial status, you may be eligible.

Learn more about financial aid at CMU.

All male citizens of the U.S. and immigrant aliens, ages 18 - 25, must be registered with the U.S. Selective Service System to be eligible for federal student loans and grants. Men can register at any post office or register online at There is also a location on the online FAFSA online to opt to be automatically registered if you haven't previously done so.

Financial Aid Forms

Contact Us

Feel free to stop by, call, or mail your questions as well. The Colorado Mesa University Financial Aid Office is located in the lower level of Lowell Heiny Hall, Room 116.

Phone: 800.982.6372 or 970.248.1396.

Mailing Address:

Colorado Mesa University, Office of Financial Aid, 1100 North Avenue, Grand Junction, CO 81501