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Apply for Financial Aid


To receive aid, you must meet the following requirements:

  1. Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen
  2. Be enrolled as a regular student in an eligible program.
  3. Maintain "Satisfactory and Measurable Progress"
  4. Not be in default on a student loan or owe a refund to a Title IV financial aid program.
  5. Demonstrate financial need for need-based funds.
  6. Be academically ready for study at the college level (automatically qualify if you have a high school diploma or GED).
  7. Be 16 years of age or older and not be enrolled in high school.

Avoiding Student Aid Scams

Beware: You never have to pay for help with your federal financial aid or student loans.

Which is the Real FAFSA web site? Many websites claim that you can file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) through them. But, there is only one real FAFSA web site, and it is the one that is provided by the U.S. Department of Education:

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Applying for Financial Aid is easy!

Complete the free application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), the renewal application, or click here to apply over the internet. The school code for OJC is # 001362, you will need this for your FAFSA application.

When Otero Junior College's Office of Financial Aid receives your application information from the Federal Processing Center, we will send you a request for any additional information.

We will review your application after all documents have been turned in. We will notify you if we need more information. This process can take up to several weeks because lots of other students are also applying.

The office of Financial Aid will determine your eligibility and notify you by mail. If you would like to set up an appointment please call: OJC Office of Student Affairs at (719) 384-6831.

Colorado Opportunity Fund

The College Opportunity Trust Fund (COF), created by the Colorado Legislature, provides a stipend to eligible undergraduate students. The stipend pays a portion of your total in-state tuition when you attend a Colorado public institution or a participating private institution.

Eligible undergraduate students must apply, be admitted and enroll at a participating institution. Both new and continuing students are eligible for the stipend.

Qualifying students may use the stipend for eligible undergraduate classes. The stipend is paid on a per credit hour basis to the institution at which the student is enrolled. The credit-hour amount will be set annually by the General Assembly.

Apply for the Colorado Opportunity Fund

Who is eligible?

  • Undergraduate students classified as in-state students for tuition purposes and enrolled at state colleges and universities.
  • Additionally, undergraduate students enrolled at participating private colleges or universities may be eligible if the college or university is approved for the program by the Colorado Commission on Higher Education and the student:
    • Is classified as an in-state student for tuition purposes;
    • Is a graduate of a Colorado high school or has successfully completed a non-public home-based educational program in Colorado;
    • Demonstrates financial need through the student's eligibility for the federal Pell Grant, or its successor program; and
    • Meets any other eligibility requirements established by the Colorado Commission on Higher Education (CCHE).

Note: "Eligible Undergraduate Student" does not include a student enrolled in an off-campus, extended campus, or continuing education class not supported by state general fund moneys, except as approved by CCHE.