While the financial aid application process can sometimes seem intimidating, we'll provide you with the resources and guidance you need to complete every step of the way.
Steps to Apply
- Create a Federal Student Aid (FSA) ID: Students will sign up for a Federal Student Aid (FSA) ID, which will be used every year on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and for Master Promissory Notes (MPNs) for federal student loans.
Create an FSA ID
- Complete the FAFSA: The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is used to determine eligibility for federal financial aid and is required if you wish to tap into federal student loans. DU's school code for the FAFSA is 001371.
Submit the FAFSA
Which FAFSA should I submit?
- For students starting in the fall of 2022 or later, submit the 2022-2023 FAFSA.
- For students starting in the winter, spring, or summer of 2022, submit the 2021-2022 FAFSA.
- Submit Supporting Documentation: We sometimes need to ask for additional documentation in order to verify that the information on your application is accurate. If we need further information, we'll send you an email. You must submit all requested documents before we can finalize your financial aid offer. Outstanding requirements can also be viewed on the Student tab of PioneerWeb.
- Incoming students applying for fall admission: January 15
- Incoming students applying for winter, spring or summer admission: no priority deadline — apply as soon as possible
- Returning students: March 15
Why apply by the priority deadline?
For new students, applying by the priority deadline means that if you're admitted to DU, you'll receive your aid offer in early March or soon after you're admitted (whichever comes later). For continuing students, it means you can expect to receive your aid offer in early June. If you miss the priority deadline, you'll decrease your chances of receiving sought-after types of financial aid such as work-study, which draw from a limited pool of funding. You should still apply as soon as possible to get your aid offer!
If you have been selected for verification by the U.S. Department of Education, we must collect further documentation before we can send you a financial aid offer. We'll notify you via email if we need additional information.Learn More
When to Expect Your Financial Aid Offer
- If you're a prospective student who plans to start in the fall of 2022 and you've applied for aid, you'll receive your aid offer in early March or soon after you're admitted (whichever comes later).
- We send aid offers on a weekly basis to students who plan to begin classes in the winter or spring of 2022.
- We'll begin sending aid offers in mid-March to students who plan to begin classes in the summer of 2022.
- We'll begin sending aid offers for the fall of 2022 for current students in June.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need to apply for financial aid in order to receive an admission decision?
No. Completing the financial aid application process is not required to be considered for admission to DU.
Do I need to apply for financial aid if I'm only interested in receiving a merit scholarship?
No. Completing the financial aid application process is not required to be considered for a merit scholarship, assistantship or fellowship.
How can I find the status of my application?
You can check your application status at any time by visiting PioneerWeb. Please note that it can take 7-10 business days after receiving any application materials for an update to be made.
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