We recognize that many students face challenges in financing a DU education. Our goal is to help you craft a manageable, customized plan that combines a range of resources--out-of-pocket contribution, scholarships, employment and loans--to cover the remaining unmet cost of attending graduate school.
Options to Help Cover Your Unmet Cost
- Tuition payment plans. The Bursar's Office offers a payment plan that splits the cost of tuition each quarter into two payments. The first payment is due by the first day of classes each term; the second payment is due before priority registration for the following quarter. The application fee is $50. Learn more about payment options through the Bursar's Office.
- Part-time employment. Consider earning money through student employment. Whether part of the formal work-study program or not, part-time jobs can help lessen the financial burden for you. Student Employment can help you find both on- and off-campus job opportunities.
- Private scholarships. Organizations of all types and sizes sponsor scholarships. Contact local organizations to inquire about private scholarship opportunities.
- Federal Direct Grad PLUS loan. Grad PLUS loans are not included in your initial award letter; however, graduate students who are enrolled at least half-time (4 credits) may apply for it. You may borrow up to your total cost of attendance, minus all other financial aid. Learn more about Grad PLUS loans, or apply online at www.StudentLoans.gov by completing both an application and Master Promissory Note. To prevent the need for multiple credit checks, you should apply for a Graduate PLUS loan for the 2014-15 academic year no earlier than June.
- Private education loan. After exhausting all other opportunities, including federal loans, you may consider a private education loan as a source of funding. The terms and interest rates of private loan programs vary, and you may obtain a better interest rate by applying with a credit worthy co-signer. Learn more about private education loans before applying with a lender.