Regis University Financial Aid


Beginning your journey to complete your undergraduate, graduate or certificate program at Regis University requires a financial investment. Regardless of your program or major, Regis University will provide you with an academically rigorous, value-based education that will put you on the path to success. That's why we will make sure you have the help you need to finance your education.

We encourage you to complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) each year to be considered for various forms of financial aid. Below you will find helpful information about applying as well as FAQs and you can visit Types of Aid for more information about aid opportunities for your program. 



General Information

Our office can determine your financial aid eligibility once you have completed a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.gov

The 2018-19 FAFSA applies to the Summer 2018, Fall 2018, and Spring 2019 semesters. The 2019-20 FAFSA will be available October 1, 2018 for students attending Summer 2019, Fall 2019 and Spring 2020. 

All students must reapply for financial aid each year, and we encourage students to apply as soon as possible! Non-traditional undergraduate and graduate students should complete a FAFSA as early as possible before starting classes. All traditional undergraduate students are required to renew their FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) by March 1 each year in order to qualify for need-based aid as funding is limited. Traditional undergraduate students are also required to submit any additional requested financial aid documents to the Office of Financial Aid to complete their file by May 1. Failure to complete the FAFSA by March 1 or submit required financial aid documents by May 1 may result in a loss or reduction of financial aid.  Some awards are given on a first-come, first-serve basis so it’s important to apply early. 

We know that filling out the FAFSA can seem like a daunting task. Please review our FAFSA tab for more information about completing the FAFSA as well as our FAQs tab which has some great commonly asked questions and answers. You’re also welcome to reach out to our office directly at studentservices@regis.edu or 303.458.4126. 



Steps to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Step 1

Apply for admission to a degree or certificate program at Regis University and be accepted as an undergraduate or graduate student.

Step 2

Create a FSA ID. Your FSA ID is a username and password that you’ll use to complete your FAFSA and access other federal websites like the National Student Loan Database System (NSLDS). Learn more about creating an FSA ID here.

Step 3

Once you have your FSA ID, complete the FAFSA
When completing the FAFSA, keep in mind: 

  • The FAFSA asks for “prior prior year” tax return information. For example, for the 2018-2019 FAFSA, you will need your 2016 tax information.
  • The FAFSA takes approximately 30 minutes to complete.
  • Use 001363 as the Regis University FAFSA code.

  • Hands-on professional assistance in completing the FAFSA form is available year-round from staff at the federally-funded Educational Opportunity Center located in downtown Denver. You need to make an appointment to meet with an individual to complete the FAFSA. You can email EOC@ccd.edu or call 303.352.8746. 

    Step 4

    Now that you’ve completed your FAFSA, keep an eye out for your Student Aid Report (SAR). The Department of Education will send you an email with a summary of the information you included on your FAFSA and it will provide you with some additional eligibility information, as well as indicate if you were selected for a process called verification. We have a Verification section above if you’d like some additional information about that process. Our office may request additional documents in order to complete your financial aid application. We will send you an email to your RegisNet email account if additional documents are needed. If you do not yet have a RegisNet account, check your personal email address you included in your admissions application.

    After your financial aid application is complete, our office will determine your financial aid eligibility and generate an award letter for you as quickly as possible. You will receive an email letting you know that your financial aid award letter is available on WebAdvisor.

    Once you have your award letter, you can review our Cost of Attendance page to look at your program costs and determine how your financial aid can help you meet those costs. You can also find additional information about the types of aid we offer on our Types of Aid page. If you have any questions along the way, let us know by emailing studentservices@regis.edu or calling 303.458.4126.

    Tips to Help You Complete Your FAFSA

    We have some great FAQs in the FAQ tab above, but we want you to know about some common mistakes we see when students are filing their FAFSAs:

    Double check your social security number

    Make sure that both you and your parent(s), if applicable, are double checking the social security numbers you enter on the FAFSA. If the wrong SSN is entered, we cannot access your FAFSA. 

    Also make sure you report your correct social security number on your admissions application to Regis University. We use your SSN provided to link to your FAFSA. If you did not provide your SSN on your application or if you provided the wrong SSN, we won’t be able to access your FAFSA information. You can always call the Admissions Office to add your SSN to your application or to correct it, if it was wrong.

    Report correct investment net worth

    The value of you or your parents’, if applicable, primary residence is not considered an asset on the FAFSA. Only include the value of rental or secondary properties. Families are not required to report retirement investments (value of 401k or 403b) and annuities as investments as assets on the FAFSA.

    Report correct household information

    If you are a dependent student (meaning parent information is required on your FAFSA), and your parents are divorced or legally separated, you need to use the household information for the parent you lived with the most during the past 12 months. Keep in mind the FAFSA requires household information (not just biological parent information). If your parent is remarried, you must report household information which includes your biological and step-parent information. If you are an independent student who is married, you must include you and your spouse’s information. 

    Your parents (or your spouse, if you are an independent student) are not financially responsible for your educational costs. Their information is included on the FAFSA to help determine your financial aid eligibility.

    Remember to include Regis University’s school code

    Each school has a unique school code. If you are applying to multiple institutions, you need to include the school code for each so they have access to your FAFSA. Regis University’s school code is 001363.

    If you have questions or concerns, please let us know by emailing studentservices@regis.edu or by calling 303.458.4126.

    Verification

    Once you complete your FAFSA, you may be notified that you have been selected for a process known as verification. This notification will usually appear on your FAFSA Student Aid Report (SAR), which is a summary of the information you provided on the FAFSA and is typically emailed to you once your FAFSA is processed. We (the Office of Financial Aid at Regis University) will email you directly letting you know that you’ve been selected. Students can see outstanding document requests on WebAdvisor or you can reach out to Student Services at studentservices@regis.edu or 303.458.4126 if you have any questions.

    Verification is the process through which schools verify that the information you reported on your FAFSA is accurate. The U.S. Department of Education usually selects one-third of all FAFSA applicants for verification, and once selected, we are required by law to complete the process before we can determine your need-based financial aid eligibility. Once verification is complete, our office will move forward to determine your maximum financial aid award.
     

    Why was I selected for verification?

    The U.S. Department of Education may select any student for verification at random. You may be selected for one year, or potentially each year you apply. We (Regis University) do not control who is federally selected for this process. In some cases, you may be selected by the U.S. Department of Education or the University due to conflicting information on your FAFSA. For example:
     

  • If the marital status you (or your parents, if applicable) report on your FAFSA differs from the marital status reported on your federal tax return.
  • If the amount in taxes paid you (or your parents, if applicable) report on the FAFSA is disproportionate based on the amount you listed for your Adjusted Gross Income.
  • If the amount of income earned you (or your parents, if applicable) report on the FAFSA indicates the necessity to file a federal tax return (based on IRS policy), but you reported that you did not file.
  • If there is other data reported on your FAFSA that appears to be incorrect.

  • If there is conflicting information, we will work with you to help you through the process. Once we complete verification, we can ensure you are receiving your maximum financial aid eligibility.
     

    What forms do I need to submit for verification?

    If you are selected for verification, we ask that you submit:
     
    1)      The Institutional Verification Form (www.regis.edu/faforms).

    2)      Your (and your spouse/parent(s), if applicable) tax return information from the IRS. You can use either of the following methods to provide the documentation:
    a.       Utilize the IRS Data Retrieval Tool in the FAFSA to link your (and your parent(s), if applicable) tax data directly from the IRS, or

    b.      Submit a copy of your (and your spouse/parent(s), if applicable) Tax Return Transcript, which is available at https://www.irs.gov/individuals/get-transcript. You will need to request the “Return” transcript for the same tax year used on your FAFSA.

    3)      If you are a dependent student and your parent(s) indicated they were not required to file a federal tax return on the FAFSA, or if you are an independent student who indicated you will not file a federal tax return, you will need to submit non-filing documentation from the IRS. Instructions for IRS non-filer documentation can be found at www.regis.edu/faforms

    Once you submit these items to Student Services (via email: studentservices@regis.edu or via fax: 303.964.5449), the verification committee may ask for additional items or email you for clarification. We are authorized to ask for any documentation necessary to complete the verification process. If you have been admitted to Regis University and have a regis.edu email, please make sure to check your email often and respond promptly.
     
    If you do not submit the requested documentation, you may not receive financial aid or you may lose financial aid eligibility.
     

    How long does the verification process take?

    Once we receive the initial documents we request to begin verification, our verification committee works to review your information as quickly as possible. During busy times of the year, the review may take up to 2 weeks. If the verification committee determines that additional information is necessary, we will email you and we ask that you return the requested items as soon as you are able and we will review and complete your file as quickly as possible.
     

    Where can I find a copy of your verification policy?

    You can locate our verification policy under the Financial Aid Policies tab at www.regis.edu/faforms.
     

    Who do I contact if I have questions?

    If you have questions or concerns about the process, you can reach out to the verification committee at faverify@regis.edu or you may contact Student Services at studentservices@regis.edu or 303.458.4126 to be directed to your specific financial aid counselor.

    Estimate Your Costs

    Net Price Calculator

    Traditional undergraduate students can access the Net-Price Calculator offered through Admissions here.

    Financial Aid Preparation Guide

    Undergraduate and Graduate students can access our Financial Aid Preparation guide here.
    All students can review different aid options to finance their education under Types of Aid and find additional cost information under Cost of Attendance.

    FAQs

    How do I apply for Financial Aid?

    To apply for financial aid, you must complete the online Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each year. List Regis University, Federal Code 001363, in the school section of the FAFSA. The FAFSA must be completed online at www.fafsa.gov.

    Do I qualify for financial aid?

    All U.S. citizens and eligible non-citizens are eligible to complete a FAFSA, and we encourage you to apply. Once we receive your FAFSA, we can determine what aid options are available. Aid options may include grants as well as student loans to help pay for your education. Outside of federal student aid, students may qualify for merit-based scholarships or other private scholarships that do not require a FAFSA. You are welcome visit our Types of Aid page here to explore all potential aid options for your program as well as review other options in conjunction with financial aid like tuition deferments and payment plans.

    What is an FSA ID Number?

    The FSA ID-a username and password-has replaced the Federal Student Aid PIN and must be used to log in to certain U.S. Department of Education websites. Learn more about creating your FSA ID here.

    What is the FAFSA priority deadline date?

    New non-traditional undergraduate and graduate students should complete a FAFSA as early as possible before starting classes. While there is no priority deadline date, we recommend students complete a FAFSA at least 3 weeks before starting classes to help ensure their aid is in place. Continuing Traditional Undergraduate Students must renew their FAFSA by April 15 each year to receive maximum funding consideration.

    Is there anything I can do if I miss the priority deadline?

    Traditional undergraduate students who miss the March 1 deadline to submit a FAFSA and/or the May 1 deadline to submit required financial aid documents may submit an “On-time” FAFSA Appeal. For more information, please visit our Appeals page here.

    What is Regis University’s school code and where do I enter it?

    Regis University’s federal school code is 001363 and should be entered in the school section of the FAFSA.

    What is the IRS Data Retrieval Tool?

    The IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) allows students (and parents, if applicable) to authorize the FAFSA to pull their financial data directly from the IRS to save time and improve accuracy when completing the FAFSA. Using the Data Retrieval Tool often reduces the odds that your FAFSA will be selected for verification. Not every student (or parent) can use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool on the FAFSA, and that’s ok! You are able to enter in your own tax data on your own. However, we encourage students to use the Data Retrieval Tool whenever possible.

    My parents refuse to provide their information on the FAFSA. What should I do?

    If you are classified as a dependent student for financial aid (see the FAFSA), the federal government expects that parents will assist with educational expenses to the extent that they are capable and your parents’ information must be included on the FAFSA. All of the information submitted on the FAFSA and to our office is kept strictly confidential and that the completion of the financial aid forms does not constitute a financial obligation. The information provided is used to measure the amount the University can offer you in financial aid. If you have extenuating circumstances, please contact one of our financial aid counselors to discuss your situation.

    Do I have to reapply for financial aid?

    Yes, all students must reapply for aid each academic year. For example, the 2018-19 FAFSA applies to Summer 2018, Fall 2018 and Spring 2019. Students must renew their FAFSA for the 2019-20 academic year if they wish to receive aid for Summer 2019, Fall 2019 and Spring 2019.

    If you are a continuing traditional undergraduate student, you must renew your FAFSA by April 15 each year to be considered for maximum funding.

    My parents are divorced or separated. Who should fill out the FAFSA?

    Use the information of the parent with whom you lived the most in the last 12 months. If you did not live with one parent more than the other, answer in terms of the parent who provided the most financial support during the last 12 months or during the most recent calendar year that you actually were supported by a parent.

    I completed the FAFSA, but did not list Regis University as one of my school choices. What do I do now?

    If you have your FSA ID, you can go back to the FAFSA website and add Regis University’s code (001363). You can also call the federal toll-free number (1-800-4FED-AID) and ask them to add Regis University.

    What is a FAFSA EFC?

    The Expected Family Contribution (EFC) is a measure of your family’s financial strength and is calculated according to the formula established by the U.S. Department of Education. The information you provide on the FAFSA is taken into consideration in the formula.
    The EFC is used to determine financial need for students and different types of aid they may be eligible for. Keep in mind, the EFC is not the amount of money you will pay to go to college and it doesn’t represent the amount of aid you will receive.

    I have not heard from Financial Aid about my award letter yet. Should I be concerned?

    It usually takes two to four days for Regis University to receive the results of your FAFSA from the federal processor. After we receive the information, we determine if any other additional items are needed and send an email to your RegisNet account with details. If you do not yet have a RegisNet account, we will email the primary email address you included on your admissions application. The upcoming year FAFSA is available each year on October 1. We always recommend completing the FAFSA early, but our office may not be awarding students right away.

    You can always check your status online and view any outstanding documents needed through WebAdvisor at any time. If you have any questions, you can contact us at studentservices@regis.edu or 303.458.4126.

    I’m an undocumented student. Can I receive financial aid?

    Regis University is dedicated to providing financial support to undocumented students within the limits of state and federal law. Financial aid is generally not available for undocumented students. The majority of all student aid, including Federal and Colorado student aid, requires the recipient to be a US citizen or permanent resident (green card holder) or an eligible non-citizen.

    Regis University provides institutional funds to undocumented students by awarding academic and other talent-based scholarships. The majority of these scholarships are awarded at the time of admission and notice is included in the admissions letter. Students who are eligible to work in the United States can apply for on-campus student employment by completing a Student Employment Award Application at www.regis.edu/faforms.

    What happens if I am selected for verification?

    The federal government randomly selects a certain percentage of students for the verification process. If you are selected, we will send you an e-mail with instructions concerning the form you must complete and we will request copies of your federal tax forms (and your parents' tax forms if you are classified dependent for financial aid).

    What is verification and why must I complete it?

    Verification is a federally required process that students must complete before awarding can be done. Students do not have the option to have this requirement waived. If you want to be considered for financial aid awards, then you must complete and submit the verification forms and tax forms.

    How long will the verification process take?

    Once you have provided all requested information and the information that you originally submitted on the FAFSA is correct, you should be awarded financial aid within two weeks. If the information has changed, the corrections process may add one or more weeks of processing time. We will send you an e-mail when your aid processing has been finalized. You can view your awards on WebAdvisor.

    If the information you originally submitted on the FAFSA is incorrect and this results in a change to the FAFSA, the process will take longer while our office electronically sends corrections to the federal processor. Our office will send you an e-mail when the award letter is ready.

    If additional information is needed to finalize your FAFSA, our office will notify you within two weeks. Please provide the requested information as soon as possible so we can continue the awarding process.