Admission decisions are made without regard to financial need, and no student should be denied this educational opportunity due to lack of funds. Financial aid in the form of loans or scholarships is available to students with demonstrated academic ability and financial need.
Many domestic students qualify for federal low-interest loans to help cover tuition. To apply for federal financial assistance, such as Direct Loans, students should complete their U.S. income taxes as soon as possible after the first of the year and then complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) by June 30. To file the FAFSA electronically, see www.fafsa.ed.gov. The FAFSA is also available after February 1 at any college or university. Through these federal programs, U.S. citizens may borrow up to $20,500 per year for graduate study. Additional funds going up to the cost of attendance may be borrowed under the Graduate PLUS loan program. For additional information see www.fafsa.org and www.du.edu/finaid. Questions about federal loans should be directed to the Financial Aid Office at 303-871-4020.
A limited number of scholarships are also available. Any interested student may apply by writing a letter to the Director of the Graduate Tax Program, detailing the student's background, debt status, financial situation, and amount requested. Merit scholarship applications for the following academic year must be received by February 15th, and should include at least one letter of recommendation from a professor or professional supervisor.