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Financial Aid 101

Overview of the Process

University of Denver Financial Aid

One of the first steps in understanding how to finance your education is learning how the overall process works. Here's a broad overview of what you can expect over the next year:

When: What:
All Students
Throughout the Fall and Winter Research and apply for private scholarships.
September Gather all of the information and documents you need to apply for aid (we'll talk about this in the next email).
Early Action and Early Decision I Applicants
October Complete the steps to apply for financial aid by November 1st.
November We'll process your financial aid application and let you know if we need anything else.
December You can expect to receive your financial aid award letter around the same time as your admission decision.
Regular Decision and Early Decision II Applicants
January Complete the steps to apply for financial aid by January 15th.
February We'll process your financial aid application and let you know if we need anything else.
Late-February and Early March You can expect to receive your financial aid award letter around the same time as your admission decision.
All Students
March and April Review and compare your financial aid award offers from all schools.
May Take the next steps outlined in your aid package; accept your awards and complete student loan requirements.
June If needed, determine the ways you will manage the costs not covered by your financial aid package.
July Consider additional financing options such as a DU payment plan or a Parent PLUS loan.
Fall of 2017 Move into your residence hall and attend Discoveries Orientation! The fall quarter portion of your financial aid will automatically pay toward your DU bill.

We'll go into much more detail about many of these items throughout the rest of the Financial Aid 101 series. But in the meantime, feel free to review our financial aid application checklist.

In two weeks: Preparing for the Application Process

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Contact Us

303.871.4020  •  finaid@du.edu  •  www.du.edu/financialaid

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