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 the low-interest Stafford Student Loan, Perkins Loan, and Federal Work Study, 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. 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.
The Graduate Tax Program may provide loans to full-time students in the Program. Such loans may not exceed $2,000 and are made on the basis of financial need and the student’s ability to repay. The Program is a lender of last resort and will consider applications only from students who have exhausted all other financial resources. Applications may be submitted at any time.
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.
Scholarships for Continuing Students
Continuing students may apply for the following scholarships, which may be awarded after successful completion of at least one quarter in the Graduate Tax Program.
Ernst & Young Agee Scholarship Fund
This fund was established in the 1980s by the Denver office of Ernst & Young LLP in memory of Sandra Michalson Agee. A partial-tuition scholarship will be awarded to a full-time student enrolled in the Graduate Tax Program. The award will be made on the basis of character, academic achievement, and financial need. The scholarship is awarded for the spring quarter. Additional funds are available through the Ernst & Young Fund for Excellence in Tax Education, which may be used for a scholarship for a minority student.
Schramm Foundation Scholarship
This fund, established in 1976, awards one partial-tuition scholarship each year to a non-smoking, Colorado resident student who has demonstrated financial need and scholastic ability. The scholarship is awarded for the spring quarter.
Debra Schliem Cameron/Lehman Butterwick Scholarship Fund
This fund was established in 1996 in memory of Debra Schliem Cameron, who graduated from the Program in 1982. One full-tuition scholarship is awarded each year to a female student who has demonstrated financial need and scholastic ability. The scholarship is awarded for the summer or fall quarter.