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Undergraduate Financial Aid

Undergraduate Financial Aid

Applying for Aid

DU awards $125.2 million of aid to undergraduates each year.

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The University of Denver provides substantial financial aid to students among a wide range of family income levels. Although the cost of a great education is important, what matters more is how much it will cost you after taking financial aid into account. The first step in the process is to apply for aid!

Pay attention to deadlines! Make sure you adhere to them to maximize your eligibility for all types of aid. And remember: you should reapply for aid as early as possible every year you attend DU.

Steps to Apply for the 2015-16 Academic Year

Step 1: Apply for admission to the University of Denver.

We cannot process your financial aid application until you are officially admitted to the University.

Learn more about undergraduate admission >>

Step 2: Create your Federal Student Aid (FSA) ID

Students and parents should both have their own FSA ID. You will use this ID every year you apply for financial aid and to complete Master Promissory Notes for federal student loans.

Go to the FSA ID application >>

Step 3: Complete the 2015-16 FAFSA (available January 1, 2015).

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is used to determine eligibility for federal aid. We strongly encourage you to use the IRS data retrieval process (typically available in February) when completing your FAFSA. Using this process will quickly transfer your 2014 tax return data directly into your application, and may prevent you from having to submit further documentation from the IRS. It does take some time for your tax data to be available via the IRS data retrieval tool once your returns have been filed--find out more at

If you use estimates when completing your FAFSA, please go back and correct your FAFSA using data retrieval once you have filed your taxes.

School code: 001371Go to the FAFSA >>

Step 4: Complete the 2015-16 CSS PROFILE (available now).

This application--provided through the College Board--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 Colorado Women's College, University College or students majoring in music.)

The College Board charges $25 for the first college and $16 for each additional college. First-time applicants from families with low income and limited assets may be eligible for an automatic College Board fee waiver. If you're concerned about paying the fee, we encourage you to complete the PROFILE application and see if you qualify for an automatic fee waiver.

School code: 4842Go to the CSS PROFILE >>

Priority Deadlines to Apply

Incoming Students:

The priority deadline to apply for financial aid depends on which application round you choose:

  • If you are applying Early Decision I, submit the CSS PROFILE by November 1st and the FAFSA by February 15th.
  • If you are applying Early Decision II, submit the CSS PROFILE by January 15th and the FAFSA by February 15th.
  • If you are applying Early Action or Regular Decision, submit both the CSS PROFILE and the FAFSA by February 15th.

If are you applying Early Decision I or II, you will receive an estimated award package soon after your acceptance. If you are applying Early Action or Regular Decision, you will receive your award package beginning in late March.

Returning Students:

The priority deadline for current students to submit the CSS PROFILE and FAFSA is March 15th. If you are a current student, you can expect to receive your award package in late May.

Why should I apply by the priority deadline?

Applying for financial aid by the priority deadlines listed above 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 aren't able to offer them to everyone who may otherwise be qualified. You will also receive your financial aid award letter in a timely manner. 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. We can't create an award package for you until that documentation is submitted.

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 incoming students to apply for financial aid
  • March 1st: Priority deadline for new students to submit verification documents (if requested).
  • March 15th: Priority deadline for continuing students to apply for financial aid
  • Late March: We begin sending financial aid award notifications to incoming 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

View complete financial aid timeline >>