Financial Aid & Scholarships

Your financial aid options

We help you navigate the financial aid process by giving you the tools you need to finance your DU education. We also support our students with scholarships, grants and loans, with our undergraduates receiving over $144 million in financial aid annually. You can also apply for private scholarships to supplement the aid you receive from DU.

Aid for graduate students varies by program. Our graduate students receive $62 million in institutional aid annually, including scholarships and fellowships. 

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Our total cost of attendance for an on-campus undergraduate comes out to around $65,000. But scholarships and grants make up 76.6 percent of our financial aid. 77 percent of undergraduate students seeking employment have at least one job offer at graduation.

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Undergraduate Students

83 percent of our students receive some type of financial aid. From grants and scholarships to student loans, we can show you the best available funding you’re eligible to receive.

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Graduate Students

Our Financial Aid office manages federal aid such as loans for our graduate students. We can direct you to the right academic department so you can apply for scholarships, fellowships and assistantships.

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Veteran Services

Our Office of Veteran Services ensures veteran students can access their options for financial assistance, including a Fall 2017 increase in Yellow Ribbon support funding. Our comprehensive GI Bill and Military Assistance counseling educates students to leverage their federal benefits. We also help navigate other aid options, including federal financial aid, scholarships and awards from our academic departments.

Additionally, we provide resources for every step of the college experience—from admission to academics to alumni relations—to uphold our mission of supporting veterans to become contributing members of our community.

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Supporting Our Students

Students attend graduation at the University of Denver.

Momentum Scholarships

Chancellor Rebecca Chopp launched the Momentum Scholarship Challenge, a program that will endow $45 million in scholarship funding in an effort to eliminate the need gap for undergraduates.

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The 2017 One Day for DU.

Crowdfunding Beats Goals

Thanks to about 2,200 donors, 2017's One Day for DU raised over $400,000 — surpassing our goal and helping fund 28 projects including internships, clubs, grants, scholarships, programs, partnerships and more.

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General Financial Aid Application Process for Prospective Students

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      Complete your 2018-19 CSS Profile (not applicable to graduate and law students)

      DU School Code: 4842
      Available October 1

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      Request your Federal Student Aid (FSA) ID.

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      Complete your 2018-19 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

      DU School Code: 001371
      Available October 1

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      Review your application dates

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    Autumn Murphy

    Scholarship Sends First-Generation Student to DU

    Higher education wasn’t a major topic of discussion for residents of the Taos Pueblo reservation in New Mexico. That didn’t stop Autumn Murphy from pursuing a college education.

    With her tuition fully paid, Autumn is helping Native American high school students develop backgrounds in tech and science. Her service and involvement in the community will help others to pursue higher education.

    Find Scholarship Applications

    Unlike student loans, your scholarship funds don’t need to be repaid.

    Apply for Outside Scholarships


    Merit-Based Aid

    On average, 70 percent of our students receive merit-based awards. When you submit your application, you’ll be eligible to receive scholarships based on your high school GPA and standardized test scores.


    Need-Based Aid

    On average, our students who qualify for need-based packages receive $37,109 in funding. Need-based awards can include scholarships, work-study, grants and student loans.


    Student & Parent Loans

    You can use federal student loans to fund your education. You'll be required to repay your federal student loan debt after graduation. We recommend you borrow only what you need to cover your cost of attendance.