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Financial Aid 101: What to Expect Going Forward

If you have submitted your admission deposit, welcome to the DU family! We're so excited that you have chosen to attend the University of Denver. And now that you're officially a Pioneer, we want to make sure you take all the necessary steps to secure your financial aid and know what to expect before the start of fall classes. 

Accepting Your Aid and Completing Loan Requirements
With the exception of most DU scholarships and grants—which are usually accepted on your behalf—you must choose to accept or decline each award in your financial aid package. To do this:

  1. Log into
  2. Go to the Admitted Students tab and click on the "View and Accept Award Offer" link in the Financial Aid Awards box.
  3. Select the 2015-2016 Aid Year from the drop-down menu. 
  4. Go to the Terms and Conditions tab and read through the terms of accepting financial aid at the University of Denver. Then, click on the "Accept" button at the bottom of the page.
  5. Go to the Accept Award Offer tab. Next to each type of aid, select "Accept" or "Decline" in the drop-down menu. You can also accept a smaller portion of a particular award (such as a loan) by entering that amount in "Accept Partial Amount" box.

Some types of aid, including work-study and the Perkins loan, requires students to accept it by July 1st. If you were offered either of these awards in your financial aid package, be sure to accept them by that date or we must cancel them and offer those awards to someone on the waitlist. 

Remember: Any financial aid you accept will automatically be split evenly between fall, winter and spring quarters. Be sure to keep that in mind if you only accept a partial amount of a loan, as that partial amount will be split evenly as well.

If you were offered (and you accepted) either a Perkins loan and/or a Direct loan, you must complete additional requirements in order to receive your loan funds in fall. Download our Next Steps Checklist for more information.

Estimated Bill
To help you determine your amount due in the fall quarter, the Bursar's Office will send you an estimated bill in July. This letter will include your estimated tuition, fees, housing and meal expenses, as well as the financial aid you've accepted as of that date. If you wish to calculate the amount you will owe DU prior to receiving that letter, feel free to utilize our Estimated Billing Worksheet.

Receiving Your Aid
The upcoming fall quarter will work a little differently than the rest of your time at DU when it comes to the disbursement of your aid. Federal regulations prohibit us from disbursing aid until you are officially enrolled in classes. So, your financial aid for fall will not pay to your student account until you register for classes during Discoveries Orientation.

For all other quarters you're enrolled at DU, your bill will be due 10 days before the first day of classes for that quarter. On that same day, your financial aid will disburse to your student account, as long as you have completed all of your requirements. So, with the exception of your first fall quarter, your bill's due date and your financial aid disbursement date will always be the same.

Learn more about billing and disbursement—as well as financial aid refunds—on our website.

Your PioneerWeb Account
You can always check the status of your aid by logging into PioneerWeb. In fact, we recommend that you visit it frequently, as it will have the most up-to-date information about your financial aid account. 

In particular, you should regularly check the "Financial Aid Requirements" box on your Admitted Students tab. If you see any item with a red flag next to it, it almost always means we are missing something from you (and red flags may prevent you from receiving your financial aid on time!). Click on each requirement to learn what you need to do. If there is a green check mark next to a requirement, you're good to go! 

Keep in contact with us!
We'll continue to communicate with you periodically over the summer and throughout your time at DU, so make sure you read those emails! They always contain important information about your aid or additional steps you need to take. And be sure to contact our office to let us know if you change your enrollment plans, received a private scholarship, or just have questions. We're always here to help!

Take our survey.
This is the last of the Financial Aid 101 emails we currently have scheduled for this year. We hope you have found them informative and have helped make the financial aid process a little easier for you and your family. But we want your feedback! Please take a moment to complete a short survey about the Financial Aid 101 email series. We'd love for you to share your opinion so we can improve our communication.

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From all of us in Financial Aid, welcome to the DU community!


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