Grants & Scholarships

Funding from grants and scholarships is applied directly to your educational costs. At the graduate level, 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.

Institutional Scholarships

Our graduate departments offer several different opportunities for institutional financial aid. All types of institutional aid at DU are awarded by individual academic units (instead of our office). If you have questions about any of the aid listed below, be sure to contact your graduate department directly.

  • Departmental Grants & Scholarships

    Our individual academic departments offer their own scholarships, which students are generally considered for at the time of admission to their program. These awards can be based on need and/or merit and typically require full-time attendance. To learn more about possible departmental aid, contact your graduate school directly.

    New for Fall 2020: Crimson Scholarship
    DU seniors graduating in the spring or summer 2020 term and recent undergraduate alumni who graduated in fall 2019 or winter 2020 can apply for accelerated admission into an eligible master's program through the Crimson Application process. Admitted students are guaranteed a scholarship of at least 33% of tuition costs. Interested students should contact an admission representative from the academic department for more information.

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  • Graduate Teaching/Research Assistantships

    Assistantships are merit awards that include both a tuition waiver and a living stipend, and incorporate a teaching or research component into your studies. Application and eligibility requirements vary by department and may be part of the application process. Contact your department for more information.

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  • Graduate Studies Doctoral Fellowships

    Doctoral fellowships are awarded by academic departments to PhD students enrolled for at least 8 credits per term. Award amounts vary from $1,000 to $5,000 annually.

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Federal & State Grants

Though options are extremely limited, eligible students may be considered for the Federal TEACH or Colorado Graduate grant. To be considered for these, you must file the FAFSA.

  • Federal TEACH Grant

    The Federal Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) grant program is available to students in the Morgridge College of Education who are enrolled in the Teacher Education Certificate program or a Teacher Education master's program.

    The amount students are eligible to receive depends on when the grant was first disbursed:

    First Disbursement Date:

    Maximum Award Amount:

    On or after Oct. 1, 2019 and before Oct. 1, 2020


    On or after Oct. 1, 2020 and before Oct. 1, 2021


    In exchange for receiving a TEACH grant, you must agree to serve as a full-time teacher in a high-need field in an elementary or secondary school that serves low-income students. If the teaching obligation is not fulfilled, the TEACH grant will be converted to an Direct Unsubsidized loan, which must be repaid with interest accrued from the date of the grant's disbursement.

    To apply, you need to submit a FAFSA and be awarded the TEACH grant as a part of your financial aid package. Entrance Counseling and an Agreement to Serve must be completed online at each year you receive the TEACH grant.

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  • Colorado "Critical Career" Graduate Grant

    Funding for this grant—provided by the Colorado General Assembly—is extremely limited. If you're eligible to receive this grant, you'll be notified by our office via email—no separate application is required. Award amounts vary from $1,000 to $5,000. To be eligible, you must:

    • Be a graduate student enrolled in an approved degree program
    • Be a Colorado resident and submit the CO Residency Form to the Registrar's Office
    • Be enrolled at least half-time
    • Be enrolled in a critical career field as determined by the Colorado Department of Higher Education (science, technology, engineering, math and health care)
    • Have an Expected Family Contribution (as determined by the FAFSA) of less than $7,000

Private Scholarships

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.

If you received a private scholarship, please report it and send the scholarship check directly to:

Financial Aid
University of Denver
2197 S. University Blvd.
Denver, CO 80208-9403

Once processed, your scholarship will be added to your financial aid award and will disburse to your account in the same way as the rest of your aid.

How Private Scholarships May Affect Your Aid:
Your financial aid eligibility is limited by your cost of attendance and/or your financial need. If you receive additional aid, such as a grant, scholarship or tuition benefit from outside of DU, we will first apply these funds to any unmet financial need, if applicable. However, if you have not applied for need-based aid, then these awards are applied to your account and are limited by your cost of attendance. If the private scholarship(s) causes you to go over your demonstrated financial need and/or cost of attendance, we may have to adjust your award package. We will reduce student loans first, then work-study, before reducing any DU scholarships or grants. In some cases, however, additional outside awards that must pay toward tuition charges may result in the reduction of a DU scholarship or grant.