The University of Denver provides substantial financial aid distributed among students with a wide range of family income levels. With the information collected through your financial aid application, we're able to take into account the entire financial situation of your family when determining your eligibility for need-based aid.
The first step in the process is to apply for aid. Remember that you should reapply for aid as early as possible every year you attend DU.
Steps to Apply for the 2013-14 Academic Year
- Apply for admission to the University of Denver (if not already admitted). We cannot process your financial aid application until you are officially admitted to the University.
- File your 2012 tax return with the IRS as soon as possible. Having your return completed will simplify and expedite the financial aid application process.
- Apply for a U.S. Department of Education PIN , if you do not already have one from a previous year. Students and parents should both have their own PIN. If you have forgotten your PIN, the site listed above will help you retrieve it. You will use this PIN every year you apply for financial aid and to complete Master Promissory Notes for federal student loans.
- Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for 2013-14, available January 1, 2013. This application is used to determine eligibility for federal aid. We strongly encourage you to use the IRS data retrieval process when completing your FAFSA. Using this process will quickly transfer your 2012 tax return data directly into your application, and may prevent you from having to submit further documentation from the IRS.
- Complete the CSS PROFILE for 2013-14 , available October 1, 2012. This application is used to determine your eligibility for institutional aid. If your parents are divorced or separated, the Noncustodial Parent PROFILE must also be completed. ( Note: This step is not required for students in The Women's College or University College.)
- New undergraduates: Submit all IDOC requirements to College Board . Once you have completed steps 1-4, you will receive an email from College Board in February with information about your IDOC (College Board's Institutional Documentation Service) requirements. Print and mail your IDOC Cover Sheet and other requested materials directly College Board. ( Note: This step is not required for students in The Women's College or University College.)
Applying for financial aid by the priority deadlines listed below will increase your chances of receiving highly sought-after awards such as the Perkins loan and work-study. Because these types of aid have such limited funding, we are not able to offer them to everyone who may otherwise be qualified. If you have missed the priority deadline, you should still apply as soon as possible.
You may be selected for verification once your application is submitted. You will be notified via email if you are selected, and should submit the additional requested documentation as soon as possible.
Steps to Apply for the 2012-13 Academic Year
If you need to apply for financial aid for the current academic year, please follow all of the steps outlined above. However, be sure to submit the 2012-13 applications instead of the 2013-14 forms. Once your application is complete, you can expect to receive an award letter within 3-4 weeks.
Annual Financial Aid Application Timeline
- October 1st: Earliest date to complete the CSS PROFILE
- January 1st: Earliest date to complete the FAFSA
- February 15th: Priority deadline for new students to apply for financial aid
- March 1st: Priority deadline for new students to submit all requirements to IDOC
- March 15th: Priority deadline for continuing students to apply for financial aid
- Late March: We begin sending financial aid award notifications to new students
- April 1st: Priority deadline for continuing students to submit verification documents (if requested)
- Late May: We begin sending financial aid award notifications to continuing students