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Undergraduate Financial Aid

Types of Aid

Grants and Scholarships

Grants and scholarships are considered gift aid—you do not have to repay them.

There are two types of DU scholarships: merit-based and need-based.

You are automatically considered for merit scholarships when you submit an application for admission. Your eligibility for need-based grants is determined by your financial aid application.

Remember that your award package may include a combination of scholarships, grants and other types of aid, such as loans and work-study


Private Scholarships

Scholarship opportunities are available through various entities not affiliated with DU, and can come from a variety of sources, including community organizations and women's, ethnic or religious organizations. Some opportunities are not broadly advertised, so be sure to check with organizations near you to see if scholarship funding is available!

Throughout the year, we receive information about many private scholarship and grant opportunities and post them on our  scholarship search page . Be sure to follow up with the organization for details about deadlines and eligibility criteria.

If you received a private scholarship, please report it and send it directly to:

Financial Aid
University of Denver
2197 S. University Blvd.
Denver, CO 80208-9403

Once processed, your scholarship will be added to your financial aid award, and will disburse to your account in the same way as the rest of your aid.

How Private Scholarships May Affect Your Aid

Your financial aid eligibility is limited by your cost of attendance and your financial need (which is determined by your application). If you receive additional aid (such as a grant, scholarship, or tuition benefit) from outside the University of Denver, we may have to adjust your award package. We will reduce student loans first, then work-study, before reducing any DU scholarships or grants. In some cases, however, additional outside awards that must pay toward tuition charges may result in the reduction of a DU scholarship or grant.