Frequently Asked Questions
Have a question that isn't answered below? Call us at 303-871-4020, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or drop by University Hall room 255. To ensure the health and safety of our students and staff, masks are required in the financial aid office regardless of vaccination status.
Phone and Drop-In Hours:
- M, T, W, F: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. MT
- Th: 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. MT
Applying for Aid:
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What is the deadline to apply for aid for the 2024-25 academic year?
The priority deadline to submit your financial aid application depends on your student status. If you miss the priority deadline, that's OK! You won't miss out on funding—you just might not receive your financial aid offer as quickly as those who met those dates. You should still apply for aid as soon as possible.
Learn more about the application process and deadlines:
How will I know that DU has received my financial aid application?
The U.S. Department of Education has indicated that schools won't begin to receive 2024-25 FAFSA data until mid-March, which means we won't be able to notify students that DU has received their application until late March/early April. Specific timelines will be posted on our 2024-25 FAFSA Changes webpage as we learn more.
Will I need to submit any other documents?
Maybe—some students will be selected by the U.S. Department of Education for a process called verification, and some undergraduate students will have conflicting information between their FAFSA and CSS Profile. In both circumstances, we need additional documentation before we can generate a financial aid offer.
We'll begin emailing students who need to submit further documentation in mid-to-late February, so keep an eye on your inbox!
What's the best way to submit documents to your office?
We highly recommend that all students upload their documents instead of emailing or faxing them, as it's a much more secure method of transfer. Please note that it typically takes 1-2 business days for the status of documents to be updated once submitted.
- Prospective undergraduates: View the status of your requirements and upload documents by visiting your application status page.
- Prospective graduate students: View the status of your requirements and upload documents by visiting your application status page.
- Current DU students: Review the Financial Aid Checklist on your MyDU dashboard.
Do I have to apply for financial aid to receive my merit scholarship?
No. You only have to apply for financial aid if you're interested in receiving need-based grants and scholarships, student loans, and/or work-study. The FAFSA and/or CSS Profile are not required in order to receive a merit scholarship.
When will I receive my financial aid offer?
All students must be admitted to the University and have applied for aid in order to receive a financial aid offer. If we've requested additional documentation after you applied for aid, you must submit those documents and an advisor must review your file before a financial aid offer can be generated.
Learn more about aid offer timelines:
I'm being asked to have my "noncustodial parent" submit a CSS Profile application. Why?
The University of Denver's policy is to require financial information from both biological/adoptive parents of students when applying for financial aid. While only the custodial parent must supply information on the FAFSA, both parents must supply information on the CSS Profile, which means for students whose parents are divorced or separated, the noncustodial parent must submit a separate CSS Profile.
Note for current students: The noncustodial parent CSS Profile is only required once and is waived for current students who have completed it in a prior academic year.
I don't have any contact with my noncustodial parent. What should I do?
We know that extenuating circumstances may make it impossible to obtain noncustodial parent information. If your noncustodial parent's whereabouts are unknown or if there are other extenuating circumstances, complete and submit the Noncustodial Profile Waiver Request, and a member of the Financial Aid Appeals Committee will contact you with next steps.
Summer Financial Aid:
What types of aid are available for the summer term?
Undergraduates: Most students are eligible to receive a summer grant comparable to the amount of merit- and need-based funding received during the other quarters of the academic year. Learn more >>
Graduate/Law students: Aid for the summer term is not automatically included in financial aid offers for most students, and additional aid typically comes in the form of student loans. Contact your academic department directly to learn about institutional aid opportunities for the summer. Learn more >>
How do I apply for financial aid for the summer?
If you are interested in receiving aid for the summer term—and you don't already have it included in your aid offer—you'll need to submit a summer aid application through PioneerWeb. The summer aid application will be available the first week of March; current students will receive an email once it's available.
I'm a new student starting classes in the summer. Do I need to submit the summer aid application?
No. If you've been admitted to DU and plan to start classes in the 2024 summer term, you just need to submit the 2023-2024 FAFSA. Be sure to complete the 2023-24 FAFSA, not the 2024-25 FAFSA.
Please note: The 2023-24 FAFSA is only available through June 30th. After that date, you will no longer be able to receive federal aid (including loans) for the summer term.
I'm an undergraduate student. Do you have a list of additional private scholarships I can apply for?
Various entities not affiliated with DU offer an array of scholarship opportunities. These sources can include community organizations as well as women's, ethnic or religious organizations. Many of these opportunities are not broadly advertised, so be sure to speak with any such organizations near you, particularly those you're already affiliated with, to see if they offer scholarship funding.
We also have a list of the most common private scholarship search engines on our website.
I'm a graduate student. Do you have any scholarships I can apply for?
Most available scholarships are merit-based and are awarded by individual academic departments. For many merit-based scholarships, you're automatically considered when you apply for admission. Some, however, will require a separate application. Contact your academic department for more information on DU scholarship opportunities.
Various entities not affiliated with DU also offer an array of scholarship opportunities. These sources can include community organizations as well as women's, ethnic or religious organizations. Many of these opportunities are not broadly advertised, so be sure to speak with any such organizations near you, particularly those you're already affiliated with, to see if they offer scholarship funding. We've included some of the most common private scholarship search engines on our website.
Are there any DU scholarships for my specific major?
There are over 500 gift and endowed scholarships awarded every year to current undergraduate students by academic departments on campus. The majority of these scholarships are available to students entering their second, third or fourth year at the University after they’ve taken classes in their chosen major. To be considered for one of these scholarships, students must submit the Departmental Scholarship Application, which opens in February each year.
Where should my private scholarship check be mailed?
The check can be sent to the following address:
University of Denver
Office of Financial Aid
2197 S. University Blvd.
Denver, CO 80208
The scholarship provider should write the check out to the University of Denver and include your name and DU ID in the memo. If the organization has a specific way they would like the scholarship applied (split evenly over the academic year or a specific quarter), please have them include that information with the check.
How will my private scholarship be applied onto my account?
Once we receive the scholarship, we'll see if the organization sent information on how they want the funds to be applied. Some organizations want it to be applied evenly over the academic year while others would like it to be applied to one quarter specifically. Unless otherwise specified, we'll split the scholarship evenly over the fall, winter, and spring quarters.
My private scholarship hasn't been applied to my account. What should I do?
We may have not received your scholarship check yet. Please contact your scholarship organization directly to confirm they have sent the check and verify it has been sent to the correct address.
I have an outside organization asking for information for a private scholarship. What should I do?
- If the organization is asking for an enrollment verification, please contact the Office of the Registrar at 303-871-4095 or email@example.com, or request enrollment verification through MyDU.
- If the organization is asking for a copy of your bill, please log in to DUPay to find your most recent statement. Contact the Bursar's Office at 303-871-4944 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
- If the organization is asking for specific information about your financial aid, please email the request to email@example.com. We can't provide any FAFSA data or aid eligibility information to a third party without your written consent, so we'll reach out to you to obtain authorization. Please submit requests at least two weeks prior to the organization's deadline (if applicable).
DU Departmental Scholarship Application:
What is the DU Departmental Scholarship Application?
The DU Departmental Scholarship Application is available to current DU undergraduate students who wish to apply for a scholarship offered through their academic department. The 2024-2025 application is open from March 25th through May 3rd.
Do I need to apply for financial aid before submitting the scholarship application?
If you want to apply for a need-based scholarship, then yes. Complete the steps to apply for financial aid before submitting the departmental scholarship application.
When is the deadline to apply?
The DU Departmental Scholarship Application is open through Friday, May 3rd.
If I submit the application, when will I find out if I received a scholarship?
If you've been awarded a scholarship, you'll find out in July, and it will be included on your financial aid offer.
2197 S. University Blvd.
Denver, Colorado 80210
M, T, W, F: 8am-4:00pm
FAFSA Code: 001371
CSS Profile Code: 4842