Complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
Every student applying for financial aid must first fill out a FAFSA. It is free to apply and it can be filled out online at studentaid.gov. The UCCS School Code is 004509.
Reporting Veterans Benefits on your FAFSA
The way in which you report income and benefits on your FAFSA may differ from the way in which you report income and benefits to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Veterans benefits of any kind are tax-exempt and do not need to be reported to the IRS, but veterans benefits are considered in the need-based financial aid process and must be reported on your FAFSA.
- Student’s veterans non-education benefits must be reported on the FAFSA, which may include:
- Death Pension
- Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC)
- VA Educational Work Study Allowances
- Student’s other untaxed income must also be reported on the FAFSA. For veteran or military students this may include food allowances (BAS).
- Notice: Military housing allowance (BAH) is no longer required to be reported on your FAFSA.
For students living in housing located on a military base or housing for which they receive a military housing allowance (Basic Allowance for Housing, or “BAH”), the room and board COA component must include an allowance for board only^. This applies to:
Independent students who receive, or whose spouses receive, a BAH or who live on a military base; and
Dependent students who are living with parents who are receiving a BAH or who live on a military base.
- If the untaxed income is not reflective of income during the award year (i.e., because you are no longer serving on active duty), you should contact the Financial Aid Office to discuss a "special circumstance" to exclude these amounts from your FAFSA.
Veterans Financial Aid Overpayments
What is an overpayment?
An overpayment occurs when the student is disbursed more financial aid than the student needs.
What causes an overpayment?
- Failure to report non-education benefits
- Failure to report untaxed income
- Failure to report change in credit hours (add/drop) or withdrawal to the Office of Veteran and Military Affairs
- Failure to report that you are active duty or a dependent of an active duty spouse or parent
Overpayments must be repaid. The student will not receive any additional financial aid until the overpayment is repaid.
Education Benefits for Veterans and Dependents of Veterans
- Chapter 30: Montgomery GI Bill® — Active Duty (MGIB-AD)
- Chapter 31: Vocational Rehabilitation
- Chapter 32: Veterans Educational Assistance Program (VEAP)
- Chapter 33: Post 9/11 GI Bill®
- Chapter 35: Survivors and Dependents Educational Assistance Program (DEA)
Tuition Assistance for Active Duty and Reservists
Contact the Student Financial Services Office to make arrangements for third party payments.
UCCS offers several scholarships specifically for veteran and military students.
- To apply for a scholarship, first you must fill out a Scholarship Application.
- Choose “Military/ROTC” from the Scholarship Categories drop-down menu.
Loan Deferment for Active Duty and Reservists
Military Service Deferment
According to the College Cost Reduction and Access Act (CCRAA) under the Higher Education Act (HEA), a military student, who is called to active duty during a war or other military operation or national emergency, is eligible for a deferment on their FFEL, Direct Loan, or Federal Perkins Loan.
Active Duty Deferment
The College Cost Reduction and Access Act (CCRAA) also allows members of the National Guard or Armed Force Reserves eligibility for deferment on their FFEL, Direct Loan, or Federal Perkins Loan. They may receive a deferment for up to 13 months after their active duty military service.
To find out if your service qualifies you for a deferment, contact the Office of Veteran and Military Affairs, and contact your lender to request a military deferment.
For any further information or if you have any questions, please visit UCCS's Office of Veteran and Military Affairs.
The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs — www.va.gov
Colorado Department of Veteran and Military Affairs — www.colorado.gov/dmva/
GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site at https://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill