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Undergraduate Financial Aid

Cost of Attendance

Enrollment Adjustments

Beginning in the 2014 fall quarter, if your actual enrollment differs from the estimated Cost of Attendance (COA) listed on your initial award letter, we must make adjustments to your COA and, possibly, your financial aid.

The Cost of Attendance listed on your initial award letter is based on the typical enrollment of students in your program:

  • Traditional 4-year Undergraduate Programs: 9-18 credits per quarter (flat-rate tuition)
  • Colorado Women's College Programs: 6-8 credits per quarter
  • University College Bachelor Completion Program: 6-8 credits per quarter

This COA (or student budget) is a key component in determining the amount of financial aid you can receive.

Remember: The total amount of your aid--including scholarships, grants, loans, work-study, tuition waivers, etc.--cannot exceed your cost of attendance.

In order to ensure your Cost of Attendance is accurate, we must verify your enrollment at the end of the 100% add/drop period each quarter. If at that time you are enrolled in fewer or more credits than listed above, your COA will be adjusted, and your financial aid may need to be adjusted as well.

How the Adjustment Process Works

If at the end of the 100% add/drop period you are enrolled in fewer credits than budgeted in your current Cost of Attendance, we will reduce the tuition and fees components of your COA to reflect your actual enrollment.

For example:

  • You are a student enrolled in a traditional 4-year undergraduate program, which means the COA listed on your initial award letter is based on the assumption that you will be enrolled in 9-18 credits per quarter.
  • You enroll in 8 credits for the fall quarter.
  • At the end of the 100% add/drop period, the fall quarter tuition and fees components will be reduced accordingly, as you are enrolled in less than 9 credits.

If your total financial aid--including loans--is equal to your Cost of Attendance, your refund will have been too large, and you will have to pay the overpayment back to DU. If your total financial aid does not equal your Cost of Attendance, however, we may not need to make any adjustments to your aid.

If you are enrolled in more credits than budgeted in your current Cost of Attendance, we will increase the tuition and fees components of your COA to reflect your actual enrollment. In this case, you may be eligible to borrow additional loan funding (if desired) to help cover your increased tuition costs.

(Note: In some cases, the books component of your COA will change--primarily if your enrollment drops below 8 credits.)

What You Should Do

Once you have registered for classes, review the standard enrollment above for your program. If your expected/actual enrollment is different than what's listed above for any quarter, submit an Enrollment Adjustment Form as soon as possible so we can make the appropriate adjustments to your COA and your aid (if needed).

We highly encourage you to complete these steps prior financial aid disbursement; doing so will help you avoid adjustments to your financial aid after classes have started.