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Graduate Financial Aid

Graduate Financial Aid

Learn how to apply for financial aid.

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Embarking on a graduate education at the University of Denver requires a financial investment. Yet like any sound investment, your DU degree will yield positive outcomes for years to come. That's why we will make sure you have the help you need to finance your education.

The first step in the process is to apply for aid. In order to receive any federal financial aid, including student loans, you must complete the FAFSA. Remember that you should reapply for aid as early as possible every year you attend DU.

Steps to Apply for the 2017-18 Academic Year

Step 1: Apply for admission to the University of Denver.

We cannot process your financial aid application until you are officially admitted to the University.

Learn more about graduate admission >>

Step 2: Create your Federal Student Aid (FSA) ID.

You will use this ID every year you apply for financial aid and to complete Master Promissory Notes for federal student loans.

Go to the FSA ID application >>

Step 3: Complete the 2017-18 FAFSA.

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is used to determine eligibility for federal aid. We strongly encourage you to use the IRS data retrieval tool when completing your FAFSA. Using this process will quickly transfer your 2015 tax return data directly into your application, and may prevent you from having to submit further documentation from the IRS. For step-by-step instructions, review our guide to using data retrieval.

School code: 001371 | Go to the FAFSA >>

2017-18 Award Letters

Once you have completed the requirements to apply for aid, we will send you a financial aid award letter via email. We'll start sending 2017-18 financial aid award letters to new, admitted students in early February. If you're a continuing student, you can expect to receive it in early June.

Priority Deadlines to Apply

  • Incoming students: January 15, 2017
  • Returning students: March 15, 2017

Why should you apply by the priority deadline? For new students, applying by the priority deadline means you will likely receive your financial aid award letter around the same time as your admission decision. For continuing students, it means you can expect to receive your award letter in late May or early June. If you miss the priority deadline, that's OK—you should still apply as soon as possible to get your award letter. You won't miss out on funding.

You may be selected for verification once your application is submitted. You will be notified via email if you are selected, and should submit the additional requested documentation as soon as possible. We can't create an award package for you until that documentation is submitted.

Steps to Apply for the 2016-17 Academic Year

Do you need to apply for aid for the fall, winter, or spring quarters of the 2016-17 academic year? Please follow the steps outlined above, except submit the 2016-17 FAFSA. Once you have applied (and submitted your additional documentation if selected for verification ), you will receive your financial aid award notification via email in about 2 weeks.

Annual Financial Aid Application Timeline

  • October 1st: Earliest date to complete the FAFSA
  • January 15th: Priority deadline for incoming students to apply for financial aid
  • March 15th: Priority deadline for continuing students to apply for financial aid
  • Early February: We'll begin sending financial aid award notifications to incoming students
  • Late May/Early June: We'll begin sending financial aid award notifications to continuing students