Applying for 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.

All students must reapply for financial aid each year, and we encourage students to apply as soon as possible. Adult undergraduate and graduate students should complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as early as possible before starting classes. All on-campus, daytime undergraduate students are required to renew their FAFSA by March 1 and submit required financial aid documents to complete their file by May 1. Missing these deadlines may result in a loss or reduction of financial aid.

We know that filling out the FAFSA can seem like a daunting task, and we are here to help! Contact our office at or 303.458.4126.

Start With Your FAFSA

Submitting your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the first step toward receiving federal loans and grants to help you pay for school.

Regis School Code: 001363 

Step by Step Process

Step One: File your FAFSA

All financial aid eligibility is based on filing your FAFSA. The FAFSA applies for the summer, fall and spring upcoming semesters.

All students must reapply for financial aid through the FAFSA each year, and we encourage students to apply as soon as possible. All on-campus, daytime undergraduate students are required to renew their FAFSA by March 1 and submit required financial aid documents to complete their file by May 1. Missing these deadlines may result in a loss or reduction of financial aid.

To begin, you must be accepted into a degree or certificate program at Regis University. Create a FSA ID. You'll use this username and password to file your FAFSA and other documents. You will be prompted to do this at the beginning of the FAFSA application.

Things to remember:
You will need your prior, prior tax return. For example, if you are filing your FAFSA for the 2055 summer semester, you will need to submit your 2053 tax return.

  • Regis’ school code is 001363
  • Professional assistance for completing the FAFSA form is available year-round from staff at the federally funded Educational Opportunity Center located in downtown Denver. Make an appointment by emailing or call 303.352.8746.


Step Two: Watch your Email

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.

Our office may request additional documents in order to complete your financial aid application. We will send an email to your RegisNet email account. If you do not yet have a RegisNet account, check your personal email address you included in your admissions application.

If you receive an email that states that your financial aid application is complete, skip step three and proceed to step four. If you receive a notification on your SAR and/or an email about the need to complete the verification process, proceed to step three.

Step Three: Verification and Extra Documentation (if necessary)

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 have been selected for verification.

Students can see outstanding document requests on the Ranger Portal, or you can reach out to Financial Aid at 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 either randomly or because there was a discrepancy in the information you provided. 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.

To complete the verification process, you will need to submit:

  1. The Institutional Verification Form
  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:
    1. 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
    2. Submit a copy of your (and your spouse/parent(s), if applicable) IRS Tax Return Transcript OR a signed copy of your 1040 and accompanying schedules. You need to submit the tax return for the same year used on your FAFSA.
  3. If you are a dependent student and your parent(s) indicated on the FAFSA that they are 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.

Once you submit these items to the Office of Financial Aid (by emailing or mail) 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 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.

This process can take two weeks or more. Please be patient.

Step Four: Accept Your Aid and Check the Aid Disbursement Calendar

When your financial aid application is considered complete, we will email you when your financial aid offer letter is available. We encourage all deposited/admitted students to check the Ranger Portal to review your financial aid awards and see what steps are needed to accept your aid.

You can review the relevant Cost of Attendance page to look at your program costs and determine how your financial aid will help you meet those costs. Once you've registered for classes, you can also find your Student Account on the Ranger Portal which will detail your tuition and fees bill (along with room and board costs if you're living on campus). You can pay any balance due or set up a payment plan through the Ranger Portal, too! Remember to continue to check your RegisNet email and view when your funds will be disbursed to your student account so you can plan accordingly.

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 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. However, 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.

If you are a DACA (Deferred Action Childhood Arrival) student and are unable to complete a FAFSA, there are other forms of aid available. Please visit our Types of Aid page for undocumented students to learn more about the Asset application process as well as external scholarship opportunities for you. Contact the Office of Admissions to find out more about merit-based scholarship opportunities.

New adult 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 March 1 each year and submit all required documentation by May 1 to receive maximum funding consideration.

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.

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 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.

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.

If you have your FSA ID, you can  go 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. 

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 the Ranger Portal at any time. If you have any questions, you can contact us at or 303.458.4126.

Yes, all students must reapply for aid each academic year.

If you are a continuing traditional undergraduate student, you must renew your FAFSA by March 1 and submit all required documentation by May 1 each year to be considered for maximum funding.

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 is 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.

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 does not represent the amount of aid you will receive.

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Financial Aid

Location: Clarke Hall 143

Walk-In Hours:
Monday - Friday 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Appointments are encouraged


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