How to Apply for Financial Aid at Colorado Mesa University

Please read and follow the instructions carefully.  If you have any questions or concerns contact Colorado Mesa University Office of Financial Aid at 970.248.1396.  The financial aid process usually takes 6 - 8 weeks from application to disbursement of funds.

Step 1: Create Federal Student Aid ID (FSA ID) and the FAFSA

Create an FSA ID.

  • The FSA ID is a secure way to confirm your identity when accessing your financial aid information.
  • The FSA ID must be used by students and parents to electronically sign the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and Master Promissory Note(s)
  • Both the student and the parent will need an FSA ID (if the student is considered a dependent)
  • You will use this each year that you apply for federal aid and to complete Loan Agreements (Master Promissory Notes).

Go to FSA ID Application >>

Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

  • The FAFSA is the federal government's application to determine financial aid eligibility for most types of financial aid.
  • Applications can be filled out online.
  • Login using the Student FSA ID username and password.
  • Be sure to list Colorado Mesa University in order for us to receive your information. Our school code is 001358.

If you have any questions or concerns about filling out your online FAFSA application, please contact the Colorado Mesa University Office of Financial Aid 970.248.1396.

Go to Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) >>

Step 2:  Complete the Verification (if selected by the U.S. Department of Education)

  • Login to your MAVzone account by going to :
  • Click the "Student Finance" tab
  • Red flags on the right indicate missing material (If you don't have any red flags, move on to Step 3)
  • Click on the item and follow the instructions to complete

Step 3:  Accept Terms and Conditions/Accept Aid


Video on how to accept your Financial Aid Award Offer:

  • Login to your MAVzone account by going to :
  • Click the "Student Finance" tab
  • On the right, look for the "Financial Aid On-line" box
  • Go to Review Your Financial Aid Offer Links
    • Click "Review your award offer" then the "Award Overview" tab to see the awards being offered to you
    • Click "Accept Terms and Conditions" tab to read and accept
    • Click "Accept Award" tab to accept full or partial offer
  • If no extra documentation is needed, you will receive an "Award Letter". 
    • First time students will receive an award letter in the mail in addition to being able to view their award in their MAVzone.
    • Returning students will be able to view their award offer in their MAVzone account.

Note:  The calculation for the award offer(s) is complete and correct, based on the information you provided.  Financial aid award offers may be subject to change due to changes in your financial, academic, enrollment status and/or changes in the availability of funds.

Step 4: Complete "Loan Agreement for a Subsidized/Unsubsidized Loan (MPN)" and "Loan Counseling"

Step 5:  Complete Federal Direct PLUS (Parent) Authorization Form (if needed)

  • Complete the Federal Direct PLUS (Parent) Authorization Form (be sure to fill out the form for the year in which you are applying) and submit it to the Financial Aid office
  • This process takes up to 3 business days and you will receive an email when complete.

Step 6:  Complete a "Loan Agreement for a PLUS (MPN)" (if needed)

Step 7:  Apply for Private (Alternative) Loans (if needed)

  • Available for students who are not eligible for federal loans or for those who need assistance beyond their federal financial eligibility.
  • Arrange for cosigner if needed
  • Go to for more information on Private Loans
  • Proceeds from private loans will not disburse until at least 6 days after a loan is approved