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Understanding Your Award & Next Steps You Need to Take

After you apply for financial aid and are admitted to DU, you'll receive an email when your financial aid award is available for you to view through PioneerWeb. Use the following resources to help understand your award and determine the next steps you need to take to secure your financial aid.

When to expect your award letter:

We send award letters on a weekly basis to students who recently submitted the FAFSA or were recently admitted to DU.

How to view your award letter:

You'll receive an email once your award letter is available to view online.

  1. Log into PioneerWeb.
    If this is your first time logging in, your password will be your six-digit birth date in the MMDDYY format.
  2. Go to the Student tab.
  3. Click on "View a PDF of Award Letter."


Next Steps to Receive Your Aid in the Fall

Once you review your financial aid award, there are additional steps you must take to receive your aid.

> Print a PDF of the Checklist for Grad Students

> Print a PDF of the Checklist for Law Students

  • Accept/Decline Your Awards

    In order to receive any type of aid, it must be accepted in PioneerWeb. To view and accept or decline each award offered to you:

    1. Sign into PioneerWeb.
    2. Go to your Student tab.
    3. Click on View and Accept Award Offer in the "Financial Aid Awards" box.
    4. Select the appropriate aid year from the drop-down menu.
    5. Click on the Terms and Conditions tab, review and click "Accept."
    6. Click on the Accept Award Offer tab.
      1. Choose Accept or Decline in the drop-down menu next to each award (most DU scholarships will already be accepted on your behalf).
      2. If you wish to only accept a portion of a loan, type that amount in the "Accept Partial Amount" box. Remember that any amount you accept will be split evenly over your terms of enrollment — i.e., fall, winter and spring quarters (or fall and spring semesters if you're a law student).
  • Apply for an Additional Loan

    If you need to apply for an additional loan to help cover your costs, options include applying for a Graduate Plus loan or a Private Education loan. Both types of loans are credit-based and are not guaranteed financing.

    Learn More

  • Complete Loan Requirements

    If you accepted a Direct Unsubsidized loan and are a first-time borrower, there are additional steps you must take to secure that funding:

    1. Sign into using your Federal Student Aid ID.
    2. Complete Entrance Counseling
    3. Complete the Loan Agreement for an Unsubsidized Loan (MPN).

    If you're a law student and accepted a Graduate PLUS loan, you must also complete the Loan Agreement for a PLUS Loan (MPN) through

  • Sign Up for a Payment Plan

    DU offers our graduate students quarterly payment plans, as well as semester plans for law students. The application fee is $20 per quarter plan and $30 per semester plan.

    Visit the Bursar's Office to learn more.

  • Sign Up for Direct Deposit

    If your financial aid is more than the total of your charges, you'll receive a refund from the Bursar's Office. To expedite your refund, we recommend setting up direct deposit through PioneerWeb.

    1. Sign into PioneerWeb.
    2. Go to the Student tab.
    3. Click on the Direct Deposit Info link in the "My Statement / Payment" box.
    4. Select "Insert New."
    5. Enter bank account information. Please refer to a check to fill out the bank routing number and account number information.
    6. Check the Student Refund/Accounts Payable box.
    7. Save.
  • Accept or Waive DU's Health Insurance Plan

    Most students are automatically enrolled in the Student Health Insurance Program. If you are covered by another health insurance plan, you may waive participation in this program. To accept or waive DU's health insurance:

    1. Sign into PioneerWeb.
    2. Go to the Student tab.
    3. Click on the Accept/Waive Health Insurance link in the "Advising and Registration Tools" box.

    Visit the Health & Counseling Center to learn more.

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Understanding Your Award Letter

Your DU financial aid award letter will include information about estimated costs, the awards offered to you, and what you can expect to pay out of pocket for the academic year. We do not assume all students will take classes in the summer, so unless otherwise listed, your initial award letter may not include costs or aid for the summer quarter (a separate application for summer aid is available in April each year).

> View a sample award letter

  • Estimated Total Cost of Attendance

    The estimated cost of attendance listed on your award letter reflects the typical costs of a student enrolled in your graduate program for one academic year, and is broken down by direct and indirect costs. Direct costs are charges that are billed by DU, such as tuition and fees. Indirect costs are estimates for additional items including books, supplies, and personal expenses such as laundry, toiletries and clothes. You are not billed for indirect costs.

    > Learn more about costs

  • Grant, Scholarship and Waiver Eligibility

    This section of your award letter will list any merit scholarships, grants, assistantships or waivers you were offered at the time of admission to DU. For graduate students, these awards are managed by individual academic departments (instead of the financial aid office).

    > Learn more about grants and scholarships

  • Student Loan Eligibility

    Most students are automatically offered at least one type of federal student loan in their financial aid award letter. Loans are optional and are offered to you, which means you have to actively accept them if you'd like to borrow that additional funding. You can also choose to only borrow a portion of a loan offered to you, or not accept them at all. Remember that after you graduate, you'll have to repay any loan you borrowed during your time at DU. 

    > Learn more about student loans

  • Estimated Out-of-Pocket Direct Costs

    This section of your award letter provides an estimate of the amount you will pay directly to DU for the academic year. The first estimate shows what your out-of-pocket cost might be after all of your scholarships and grants are applied, without borrowing any loans. The second line shows your estimated cost if you choose to borrow the full amount of loans offered to you. There are a number of options to help you manage this unmet cost.

    > Additional financing options

Additional Resources

For Graduate Students

These resources will help you understand your award letter, estimate your bill and determine your next course of action.

> Guide to Your 2019-20 Financial Aid Award

> 2019-20 Graduate Student Estimated Billing Worksheet

> 2019-20 Graduate Student Next Steps Checklist

For Law Students

Use these resources to ensure you're only borrowing what you need and taking the right steps to finance your law degree.

> Guide to Your 2019-20 Financial Aid Award

> 2019-20 Law Student Estimated Billing Worksheet

> 2019-20 Law Student Next Steps Checklist



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