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Merit-Based Awards

Scholarship Opportunities Based on Merit or Special Talents

The University of Denver offers two types of financial assistance to students: scholarships based on merit or special talent, and scholarships, grants, loans and work-study based on financial need.

Merit-Based Awards

Admission and departmental scholarships vary in amount and are awarded to students with competitive GPAs and scores on standardized tests.  Students are automatically considered for these scholarships when they submit an application for admission and will be notified in their admission decision letter.  Approximately 60% of our first-year students receive merit-based awards, so if a student's academic profile is near our average, he or she will potentially be eligible for an award.  These awards are renewable if a student continues full-time and remains in good academic standing.

 

Tuition Award

Residence
Hall Grant*

Total
(potential)

Chancellor

$21,000

$3,000

$25,000

Provost

$19,000

$3,000

$23,000

Dean

$17,000

$3,000

$21,000

University

$16,000

$3,000

$20,000

Pioneer

$14,000

$3,000

$18,000

Crimson & Gold

$12,000

$3,000

$16,000

Centennial

$11,000

$3,000

$15,000
 

Transfer Awards

   

Pikes Peak

$15,000

   

Mt. Evans

$13,000

   

Longs Peak

$11,000

   

*An additional $3,000 is awarded towards tuition if you reside in approved residence halls and apartments. Such housing is required for the first- and second-year students.

Raise.Me

The University of Denver is excited to announce that we are partnering with the Raise.me micro-scholarship program! Throughout your high school experience, you are able to earn scholarship dollars for reaching important academic benchmarks or for accomplishments in your extracurricular activities - accolades that ultimately set you up as an excellent candidate for admission. For example, you can earn up to:

  • $400 for taking at least 3 years of the same foreign language
  • $500 for scoring a 4 or 5 on an AP Exam
  • $1,000 for taking the PSAT or ACT Plan
  • $1,500 for attending a summer program at DU

If you receive an equal or higher total amount of aid from the University of Denver, note that this includes the micro-scholarships you earned on Raise.me.

Talent-Based Awards

To recognize achievement in athletics, music, theatre and art, DU sponsors a number of talent-based scholarships.  Although requirements and amounts vary, most of these are renewable each year if the student maintains a specified GPA. Students applying to the Lamont School of Music will be holistically considered for a comprehensive scholarship award (ranging from $1,000 to full tuition) that will take talent, academic merit and financial need into consideration. Students will receive notification regarding this award within two weeks of their admission decision.