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Financial Aid

Learn how to finance a DU education.

Did you know...

85% of DU students receive some form of financial aid DU awards $113 million each year to undergraduate students. 43% of DU students qualify for need-based financial aid.

Types of Financial Aid Available

The University of Denver offers two types of financial assistance to students: awards based on merit or special talent and awards based on financial need.

Scholarships Based on Merit or Special Talents
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The University of Denver is excited to announce that we are partnering with the 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

Learn more about the types of aid available at DU >>

Opportunities Based on Financial Need

Need-based financial aid is computed using a number of factors, including family income, household size, assets, the number of siblings enrolled in college and academic record. Financial need is defined as the difference between the total cost of attendance (both direct and indirect costs) and the amount you and your family are expected to contribute as calculated by both the CSS PROFILE and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

While we make every effort to help students, we do not have sufficient funds to meet full need of all applicants. Students with the strongest academic records are eligible to have a higher percentage of their financial need met with available funds. Need-based awards generally combine scholarships, grants, loans and work-study opportunities from a variety of federal, state and institutional sources.

Learn more about the types of aid available at DU >>

The average financial aid award for students receiving
need-based financial aid:


See sample financial aid packages >>


Cost of a DU Education

The cost of attendance (COA) listed below is an estimate of what it costs the typical student to attend DU. Don't be startled by the sticker price of a college education. Your COA doesn't just cover your tuition; it takes into account your basic living expenses, too. And financial aid is awarded to help with all of these costs (not just tuition).

Direct Costs (charges billed by the University):

One Quarter






Student Fees



Room & Board



Total Direct Costs





Indirect Costs (average estimates of additional expenses):

One Quarter



Books & Supplies









Total Indirect Costs




*The optional summer quarter is not included in the cost of attendance.

The figures above reflect the cost of attendance for a typical undergraduate student living on campus and taking a full load of classes during the fall, winter and spring quarters of the 2017-18 school year. While students may take classes during the summer quarter if they wish, it is not included in this COA.