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Undergraduate Financial Aid

Undergraduate Financial Aid

Applying for Aid

DU awards $133 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: File your 2014 federal tax returns.

We highly recommend that you complete your tax returns prior to completing the next steps; it will simplify and expedite the application process. If you can't file your returns by the priority deadline, you may use estimates on your applications.

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: February 15, 2015
  • Returning students: March 15, 2015

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. 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.

Steps to Apply for the 2014-15 Academic Year

Are you transferring to DU or need to apply for aid for the winter and/or spring quarters?  Please follow the steps outlined above, except submit the  2014-15 FAFSA and CSS PROFILE  applications. Once you have applied (and submitted your additional documentation if selected for  verification ), you will receive your financial aid award notification via email in about 2 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 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 >>