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Winter Financial Aid Update

In this update:

  • Spring semester disbursement of aid and refunds
  • Spring enrollment adjustments
  • Applying for aid for the 2016-17 academic year
  • University closed for winter break
  • Upcoming important dates

Spring Semester Disbursement of Aid & Refunds

Your DU tuition bill is due on January 1st. On that date, your financial aid for spring semester will disburse to your student account and will pay toward your charges—as long as all financial aid requirements are satisfied.

In order to receive your financial aid, you must:

  1. be registered for at least 4 credits,
  2. have accepted your financial aid through PioneerWeb, and
  3. have no outstanding requirements on the Law Student tab of PioneerWeb, (which is indicated by a red flag).

Expecting a refund? 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 5th. If you haven't done so already, we recommend setting up direct deposit to receive your refund sooner. If you have direct deposit, you can expect to see your refund on your bank account on January 6th.

Did you know you can calculate your estimated refund through PioneerWeb? Go to the Law Student tab and click on the "Student Account by Term" link in the Financial Aid Awards box. Then, subtract your total "Term Credits and Payments" from "Term Charges." If the result is a positive number, you'll receive that amount in a refund.

We frequently have students ask, "Can I get my refund sooner?" The short answer: no. We are prohibited by federal regulations to disburse financial aid funds any sooner than 10 days before the start of the semester. Since spring semester begins on January 11th, we can't disburse funds any sooner than January 1st.

Learn more about billing and disbursement >>

Spring Enrollment Adjustments

At the end of the 100% add/drop period each semester, we must verify your enrollment. The last day you can either add a class without being assessed a late fee or drop a class to receive 100% of the tuition refunded for spring semester is Monday, January 25th. On that date, we will verify your enrollment and make any necessary changes to your Cost of Attendance.

Your Cost of Attendance and financial aid is based on the typical enrollment of students in your program:

  • JD Day program: 12-15 credits
  • JD Evening program: 8-11 credits
  • Legal Administration (part time): 4-7 credits
  • All other programs: 12-15 credits

If you are enrolled in fewer credits for the spring semester than indicated above for your program, your financial aid refund may be too large and we may need to return a portion of your loan funds back to the U.S. Department of Education (which will create a balance due with DU). If you are enrolled in more credits, you will receive a smaller refund to use for living expenses (if you planned to borrow for those).

If your actual enrollment is different than what's listed above, please submit an Enrollment Adjustment Form so we can make the appropriate changes to your Cost of Attendance and, if needed, your financial aid.

Learn more about the enrollment adjustment policy >>

Applying for Aid for the 2016-17 Academic Year

It's already time to start thinking about applying for financial aid for next year! Remember: if you wish to receive any federal aid (including loans) you must reapply for financial aid every year you attend DU.

How to Apply:
Complete the 2016-17 FAFSA (available January 1st).

When to Apply:
The priority deadline for current students is March 15th.

What You'll Need:
All of your 2015 tax information, including your completed tax return. If you are unable to file your return before completing the FAFSA, you may use estimates. However, if you use estimates, please go back to to correct your application using IRS Data Retrieval once your tax return has been accepted by the IRS.

We will begin sending 2016-17 financial aid award letters to those with completed applications in early June.

Learn more about applying for financial aid or download the application checklist.

University Closed for Winter Break

As a reminder, the University of Denver is closed from Friday, December 25th through Friday, January 1st. Since our office is included in the closure, we highly encourage you to make sure all of your financial aid requirements for spring semester are satisfied before the break. Doing this will help you avoid late fees, and will ensure you get your refund in a timely manner.

Upcoming Important Dates

  • Friday, December 25th - Friday, January 1st: Winter holiday - University closed
  • Thursday, January 1st: 2016-17 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) available
  • Friday, January 1st: Financial aid disbursement for spring semester
  • Tuesday, January 5th: Financial aid refunds for spring semester generated by the Bursar's Office
  • Monday, January 11th: First day of classes for spring semester
  • Monday, January 18th: Martin Luther King Jr. Day - University closed
  • Monday, January 25th: Last day to add or drop classes at 100% for spring semester
  • Tuesday, March 15th: Priority deadline for current students to apply for 2016-17 financial aid

If you have any questions about the information in this update, please contact us! Happy holidays!

Financial Aid Staff

Financial Aid • 2197 S. University Blvd • Denver, CO 80208
Ph: 303.871.4020 • Fax: 303.871.2341 •

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