Grants and scholarships--a category of financial aid that you do not have to repay--can be based on merit and/or financial need. Your eligibility for federal need-based grants is determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
Federal and State Grants
Federal TEACH Grant
The Federal Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) grant program is available to students in the Morgridge College of Education who are enrolled in:
- the Teacher Education Certificate program or,
- a Teacher Education master's program or,
- the Denver Teacher Residency program
Students can receive up to $3,716 per year in this funding. In exchange for receiving a TEACH grant, you must agree to serve as a full-time teacher in a high-need field in an elementary or secondary school that serves low-income students. If the teaching obligation is not fulfilled, the TEACH grant will be converted to an unsubsidized Direct loan which must be repaid with interested accrued from the date of the grant's disbursement.
To apply, students need to submit a FAFSA and be awarded the TEACH grant as a part of their financial aid package. Entrance Counseling and an Agreement to Serve must be completed online at https://teach-ats.ed.gov each year a student receives the TEACH grant. Learn more about the TEACH grant at www.StudentAid.gov.
Colorado "Critical Career" Graduate Grant
Funding for this grant is extremely limited, and eligible students who are awarded this grant will be notified separately via email. No application is required. Award amounts vary from $1,000 to $5,000. To be eligible, students must meet all of the following criteria:
- be a graduate student enrolled in an approved degree program
- be a Colorado resident
- be enrolled at least half-time
- be enrolled in a critical career field as determined by the Colorado Department of Higher Education (science, technology, engineering, math and health care)
- Expected Family Contribution (EFC) must be less than $7,000
DU Departmental Financial Aid
All types of institutional aid at DU is awarded by individual graduate departments instead of our office. Therefore, if you have questions about the opportunities listed below, you should contact your graduate school directly.
Graduate Teaching/Research Assistantships (GTA/GRA)
Assistantships are merit awards that include both a tuition waiver and a stipend and incorporate a teaching or research component into your studies. Application and eligibility requirements vary by department, and may be part of the application process. Please note: Students cannot have both a work-study position and a GTA/GRA position simultaneously and must choose to have only one or the other.
Graduate Studies Doctoral Fellowships
Doctoral fellowships are awarded by academic departments to PhD students enrolled for at least 8 credits per term. Award amounts vary from $1,000 to $5,000 annually.
Departmental Grants & Scholarships
Generally, students are considered for departmental scholarships at the time of admission to a graduate program. This gift aid can be based on merit and/or financial need and usually requires full-time attendance. For further information regarding financial aid opportunities in your department, use the appropriate links below or contact your department directly.
Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
- Art and Art History: View departmental aid or contact them directly at 303-871-2846 or email@example.com.
- Communication Studies: Contact them directly at 303-871-2385 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Economics: View departmental aid or contact them directly at 303-871-2685 or email@example.com.
- English: Contact them directly at 303-871-2266 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- International and Intercultural Communications: View departmental aid or contact them directly at 303-871-4949 or email@example.com.
- Music: View departmental aid or contact them directly at 303-871-6400 or Claire.Ami@du.edu.
- Psychology: View departmental aid or contact them directly at 303-871-2478 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Religious Studies: Contact them directly at 303-871-2749 or email@example.com.
Conflict Resolution Institute
Contact them directly at 303-871-6477 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Daniels College of Business
Graduate School of Professional Psychology
Contact them directly at 303-871-3736 or email@example.com.
Graduate School Social Work
Intermodal Transportation Institute
Contact them directly at 303-871-4702 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
DU/Iliff Joint PhD Program
Josef Korbel School of International Studies
Morgridge College of Education
Natural Sciences and Mathematics
School of Engineering and Computer Science
Scholarship opportunities are available through various entities not affiliated with DU. These scholarships can come from a variety of sources, including community organizations and women's, ethnic or religious organizations. Check with organizations near you to see if scholarship funding is available, as some opportunities are not broadly advertised.
Throughout the year, many organizations provide our office with information regarding their private scholarship and grant opportunities. To help you in your search, we have developed a scholarship search page. Be sure to follow up with the organization directly for details about deadlines and eligibility criteria.
Where to Send Private Scholarship Checks
If you received a private scholarship, please send it (or have your donor send it) directly to our office for processing:
University of Denver
2197 S. University Blvd.
Denver, CO 80204
Once processed, your scholarship will appear as a part of your financial aid award in webCentral and will disburse to your account in the same way as the rest of your aid.
How Private Scholarships May Affect Your Aid
Your financial aid eligibility is limited by the cost of attendance and your expected family contribution. Therefore, if you receive additional aid (such as a grant, scholarship, or tuition benefit) from outside the University of Denver, we may have to adjust your financial aid award package. We will first reduce student loans, then work-study, before reducing any DU scholarships or grants. In some cases, however, additional outside awards that must pay toward tuition charges may result in the reduction of a DU scholarship or grant that is also restricted to tuition.