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Sample Financial Aid Packages

Wondering what types of awards a financial aid package from DU might include? Review our two samples below. Want to know what types of aid your package will include? Use our Net Price Calculator to get an estimate of your out-of-pocket cost!

Tim

One of four children from Texas, Tim did not work this past year, but has $200 in savings. Together, his parents earned $116,780 with nothing reported in savings. An older sister attends a state university.

GPA: 3.99
ACT: 32 / SAT: 1380

Tim's Total Aid Package: $40,000

Total Cost of Attendance*

$57,765

EFC**

-$12,118

Financial Need:

$45,647


Financial Aid Awards:

Chancellor Scholarship

$18,000

Residence Hall Grant

3,000

DU Educational Grant

13,000

Federal Direct Subsidized Loan

3,500

Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan

2,500

Total Aid Package:

$40,000


Family Responsibility:

$17,765

(cost of attendance minus total aid package)


Danielle

Danielle grew up in Denver, earned $3,100 last year through her part-time job and has saved up $3,800. Her parents have an annual income of $226,500 with $20,500 in savings and $57,200 reported net worth in investments. She has a younger sister still in high school.

GPA: 3.93
ACT: 23 / SAT: 990

Danielle's Total Aid Package: $19,500

Total Cost of Attendance*

$57,765

EFC**

-$66,062

Financial Need:

$0


Financial Aid Awards:

Pioneer Scholarship

$11,000

Residence Hall Grant

3,000

Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan

5,500

Total Aid Package:

$19,500


Family Responsibility:

$38,265

(cost of attendance minus total aid package)


Felipe

Felipe is an only child from Indiana. Together, his parents earned $59,053 last year with $1,000 reported in savings and $14,000 net worth in investments. Felipe earned $3,200 this past year and has $350 in savings.

GPA: 3.90
ACT: 28

Felipe's Total Aid Package: $53,500

Total Cost of Attendance*

$57,765

EFC**

-$9,744

Financial Need:

$48,021


Financial Aid Awards:

University Scholarship

$13,000

Residence Hall Grant

3,000

DU Educational Grant

17,600

Taylor Scholarship

14,400

Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan

5,500

Total Aid Package:

$53,500


Family Responsibility:

$4,265

(cost of attendance minus total aid package)


Mary Kate

Mary Kate is an only child who grew up in Colorado. She earned $2,100 last year through a part-time job and has $1,600 in savings. Her mother owns a small business worth $150,000 and reported $8,200 in savings.

GPA: 4.00
ACT: 28

Mary Kate's Total Aid Package: $40,600

Total Cost of Attendance*

$57,765

EFC**

-$19,130

Financial Need:

$38,635


Financial Aid Awards:

Provost Scholarship

$16,000

Residence Hall Grant

3,000

DU Educational Grant

8,100

Colorado Student Grant

1,500

Federal Work-Study

2,500

Federal Perkins Loan

4,000

Federal Direct Subsidized Loan

3,500

Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan

2,000

Total Aid Package:

$40,600


Family Responsibility:

$17,165

(cost of attendance minus total aid package)

Lucy

Lucy and her younger brother grew up in Illinois as the children of a single mother. Lucy did not work last year, and her mother made approximately $5,000 cleaning houses. 

GPA: 3.69
ACT: 25

Lucy's Total Aid Package: $48,000

Total Cost of Attendance*

$57,765

EFC**

-$0

Financial Need:

$57,765


Financial Aid Awards:

Crimson & Gold Scholarship

$10,000

Residence Hall Grant

3,000

DU Educational Grant

18,800

DU Pathways Scholarship

5,000

Federal Pell Grant

5,700

Federal Direct Subsidized Loan

3,500

Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan

2,000

Total Aid Package:

$48,000


Family Responsibility:

$9,765

(cost of attendance minus total aid package)


Warren

One of three children from Connecticut, Warren earned $900 this past year and has $3,900 in savings. Together, his parents earned $84,000 last year, and reported $2,500 in savings and $600,000 in real estate investments. His older brother is a junior at a private university.

GPA: 3.34
ACT: 27

Warren's Total Aid Package: $16,000

Total Cost of Attendance*

$57,765

EFC**

-$34,504

Financial Need:

$23,261


Financial Aid Awards:

DU Educational Grant

10,500

Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan

5,500

Total Aid Package:

$16,000


Family Responsibility:

$41,765

(cost of attendance minus total aid package)


Alexander

A music major and one of two children from Massachusetts, Alexander did not work this past year, but has $1,100 in savings. Together, his parents earn $147,000, have $32,000 in savings and $250,000 reported net worth in investments.

GPA: 4.00
ACT: 26 / SAT: 1240

Alexander's Total Aid Package: $30,500

Total Cost of Attendance*

$57,765

EFC**

-$46,905

Financial Need:

$10,860


Financial Aid Awards:

Dean Scholarship

$14,000

Residence Hall Grant

3,000

Music Scholarship

8,000

Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan

5,500

Total Aid Package:

$30,500


Family Responsibility:

$27,265

(cost of attendance minus total aid package)


Sophia

Sophia is a Colorado native and the oldest of three children. The family has an income of $22,860 with $12,700 in savings and $10,000 reported net worth in investments. Sophia earned $3,294 this past year and has $2,000 in savings.

GPA: 3.66
ACT: 27 / SAT: 1210

Sophia's Total Aid Package: $46,030

Total Cost of Attendance*

$57,765

EFC**

-$0

Financial Need:

$57,765


Financial Aid Awards:

Crimson & Gold Scholarship

$10,000

Residence Hall Grant

3,000

Colorado State Grant

2,000

Federal Pell Grant

5,730

Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant

3,000

DU Educational Grant

13,800

Federal Direct Subsidized Loan

3,500

Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan

2,500

Federal Work-Study

2,500

Total Aid Package:

$46,030


Family Responsibility:

$11,735

(cost of attendance minus total aid package)

 
*Total cost of attendance includes $1,800 for books and supplies, $1,176 for transportation and $1,333 for personal expenses.

**Expected Family Contribution (EFC)--calculated when the FAFSA and CSS PROFILE are completed--is an amount that indicates how much of a family's resources should be considered "available" for college expenses. If your EFC is less than the total cost of attendance, you are considered to have financial need.