Applying for 2013-14 Financial Aid
Applying for financial aid is one of those checklist items you need to complete once a year. And with the 2013-14 financial aid season about to begin, it's time for a refresher course on applying for aid.
How to Apply:
Complete the 2013-14 FAFSA (available January 1st).
When to Apply:
- Current Students: Priority deadline is March 15th.
- New Students: Priority deadline is February 15th.
What You'll Need:
All of your 2012 tax information, including your completed tax return. You may use estimates when completing your application. However, if you complete the FAFSA before filing your tax return, you should revisit www.FAFSA.gov to correct it once your tax return has been accepted by the IRS.
Learn more about applying for financial aid >>
Spring Semester Disbursement of Aid and Refunds
Your DU tuition bill is due on January 4th. On that date, your financial aid for spring semester will disburse to your student account and will pay toward your charges, provided all financial aid requirements are satisfied (which you can verify through PioneerWeb), and you are registered for classes.
If your financial aid is more than the total of your charges, a refund will be generated by the Bursar's Office on Tuesday, January 8th. If you haven't done so already, we recommend setting up direct deposit to expedite the receipt of your refund. If you have direct deposit, you can expect to see your refund in your bank account on January 9th.
Learn more about billing and disbursement >>
New Scholarship Search Page!
With the winter break comes the perfect time to research and apply for private scholarships--and we have made that task much easier for you with our new scholarship search page!
Through this page you can search for scholarships from both DU and outside organizations. We also have links to other scholarship search sites. Begin your search today to find additional funding that can supplement your financial aid award package!
Q: Are there any tax incentives for students enrolled in higher education?
A: Yes! Tax credits (such as the American Opportunity Credit) and tax deductions (such as the tuition and fees deduction and the student loan interest deduction) can help you with your expenses for higher education.
Learn more about all of the tax benefits for education from the IRS before you file your 2012 taxes!
Financial Aid in the News
Obama's 'Pay as You Earn' Plan for Student Borrowers Becomes Official
November, 1, 2012
"In a package of final regulations being released on Thursday, the Department of Education will formally establish the Obama administration's new 'Pay as You Earn' income-based repayment program, which will help many student-loan borrowers.
Included separately in the package are provisions that will make it easier for disabled borrowers to have their loans forgiven.
Under the existing income-based repayment plan, eligible student-loan borrowers can have their monthly payments capped at 15 percent of their income, and they can generally receive loan forgiveness after 25 years of payments.
In 2010, Congress changed the income-based repayment program so that borrowers would pay less each month (10 percent of discretionary income) and obtain loan forgiveness sooner (after 20 years of payments)."
Read the full article from The Chronicle of Higher Education >>