Apply for Financial Aid
Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be considered for all types of financial aid. For more information about beginning the financial aid application process, visit the Office of Financial Aid.
Track your expenses to ensure you stick to your budget.
- Use an app or website designed for tracking expenses.
- Try the cash method for discretionary expenses: take out what you need for the week for expenses like food, coffee, and entertainment, and once the cash is gone, stop spending until the following week.
Tuition and Fees
College and university veterinary scholarships are available to rising second-, third-, and fourth-year students only. Incoming first-year students may apply for external scholarships:
- Health Professions Loan – up to $10,000
- Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan – up to $40,500
- Graduate PLUS Loan – up to cost of attendance minus other financial aid
Visit the Office of Financial Aid for more information about eligibility, disbursement, interest rates, fees, deferment, and repayment for these types of loans.
DVM emergency loans are a non-profit emergency loan fund for students pursuing their DVM. This type of loan should only be used for serious financial emergencies. You may apply for a short-term (90-day) loan of a maximum of $1,000 if you meet the criteria and complete the application. You may be eligible, in extreme circumstances, to extend this loan up to 90 additional days by filling out the Application for a Loan Extension.
Tips for Applying for and Accepting Loans
- Include parent financial information in your FAFSA
- Including parent information is the only way you will be considered for the Health Professions Loan. This includes if you are financially independent. Age and amount of time you have been financially independent does not play a factor.
- Parent information will be removed from your FAFSA before other loans are awarded; parent financial information will NOT limit the amount of other loans you will be offered.
- Know how much you need before you accept loans
- Write down all monthly expenses and multiply by number of months in that semester.
- If you have savings or family contributions you can use, subtract those from living expenses (leave at least $1,000 in savings for emergencies).
- Take only the amount of loans you need for that semester (ensure you calculate origination fees, as these will be subtracted from the loans before they are funded).
- You have until finals week to accept more loan money in the event of an unexpected expense that emergency funds won’t cover.
- Accept loans in the following order:
- Health Professions Loan (if offered)
- Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan
- Graduate PLUS Loan
- Colorado Graduate Grant – up to $3,000
For more information about eligibility, selection criteria, and award amount, visit the Office of Financial Aid.