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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 2015-16 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: File your 2014 federal tax returns.

We highly recommend that you complete your tax returns prior to completing the next steps; it will simplify and expedite the application process. If you can't file your returns by the priority deadline, you may use estimates on your application.

Step 3: Apply for a U.S. Department of Education PIN.

If you have a PIN from a previous year, but have have forgotten it, the PIN site will help you retrieve it. You will use this PIN every year you apply for financial aid and to complete Master Promissory Notes for federal student loans.

Go to the PIN application >>

Step 4: Complete the 2015-16 FAFSA (available January 1st).

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 process when completing your FAFSA. Using this process will quickly transfer your 2014 tax return data directly into your application, and may prevent you from having to submit further documentation from the IRS. It does take some time for your tax data to be available via the IRS data retrieval tool once your returns have been filed--find out more at

If you use estimates when completing your FAFSA, please go back and correct your FAFSA using data retrieval once you have filed your taxes.

School code: 001371 | Go to the FAFSA >>

Priority Deadlines to Apply

  • Incoming students: February 15, 2015
  • Returning students: March 15, 2015

Applying for financial aid by the priority deadlines listed above will increase your chances of receiving highly sought-after awards such as the Perkins loan and work-study. Because these types of aid have such limited funding, we aren't able to offer them to everyone who may otherwise be qualified. If you have missed the priority deadline, you should still apply as soon as possible!

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 2014-15 Academic Year

Are you transferring to DU or need to apply for aid for the winter and/or spring quarters?  Please follow the steps outlined above, except submit the  2014-15 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

  • January 1st: Earliest date to complete the FAFSA
  • February 15th: Priority deadline for incoming students to apply for financial aid
  • March 1st: Priority deadline for new students to submit verification documents (if requested).
  • March 15th: Priority deadline for continuing students to apply for financial aid
  • Late March: We begin sending financial aid award notifications to incoming students
  • April 1st: Priority deadline for continuing students to submit verification documents (if requested)
  • Late May: We begin sending financial aid award notifications to continuing students