Application Process

DU offers substantial financial aid to students from a wide range of family income levels. Our goal is to ensure an accurate and timely offer with the maximum amount of financial aid possible to all who apply. We'll provide you with the resources and guidance you need to complete every step of the application process.

DU School Codes:
  • FAFSA: 001371
    Determines your eligibility for need-based federal and state financial aid.
  • CSS Profile: 4842
    Determines your eligibility for need-based institutional financial aid.

Steps to Apply for Financial Aid at DU:

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Are you a prospective student?

Learn more about the financial aid process with our application guide.

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Noncustodial Parent Information

Our policy is to require financial information from both biological/adoptive parents of students when applying for financial aid. The custodial parent is expected to provide income, asset and other information on both the CSS Profile and FAFSA. The noncustodial parent is also expected to provide information on a separate CSS Profile application. If either parent is remarried, the stepparent's information must be included.

Important 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.

  • Determining the Custodial Parent

    If your parents are divorced or separated, you will be asked on the application who provides the majority of your financial support. Typically, the parent that selects that they provide more than half of the student’s financial support is the primary custodial parent. 

    If support is split evenly between households, select the parent with the higher income and assets. If a student has two parents/households completing the CSS Profile, keep in mind that only one parent or household will select that they provide more than half of the student’s financial support. It will delay processing if more than one parent selects that they provide more than half of the student’s support. 

    Note that the parent who completed or will complete the FAFSA should be the same parent as the one selected on the CSS Profile as providing more than half of the student’s financial support.

  • Noncustodial Parent CSS Profile

    If your parents are divorced, separated or were never married to each other, you'll be prompted to share your noncustodial parent's email address while competing the CSS Profile. The College Board will use this email address to contact your parent with information about filling out a separate CSS Profile using his or her own login credentials. We recommended you and your custodial parent complete the CSS Profile application before your noncustodial parent does so. For more information on creating an account for the Noncustodial Parent CSS Profile, view the College Board's how-to guide.

    The noncustodial parent's information is kept secure and is shared only with the colleges authorized by the student. Neither the student nor the custodial parent has access to the noncustodial parent's information unless the noncustodial parent chooses to share his or her password. DU will not release, electronically or otherwise, the income and asset information of a divorced/separated parent to the other parent.

  • Special Circumstances and Appeals

    We recognize extenuating circumstances may make it impossible to obtain noncustodial information. If your noncustodial parent's whereabouts are unknown or if there are other extenuating circumstances, we may exempt you from the Noncustodial Profile requirement. However, a parent's refusal to provide information or financial support will not, on its own, constitute sufficient justification for a waiver of this requirement.

    To request a waiver of this requirement, you must complete and submit, with the necessary third-party documentation, a Noncustodial Profile Waiver Request. We understand the sensitive nature of many of these circumstances—all information will be used solely for the purpose of considering a waiver and will be kept confidential. The Financial Aid Appeals Committee reviews waiver requests on an individual basis, but submission for review does not guarantee a waiver request will be granted.

    Any incomplete request forms will not be accepted or reviewed until all necessary documentation is provided. Once the request is submitted, you'll be notified via email of the outcome within three weeks. We cannot offer any institutional need-based aid until your noncustodial parent's CSS Profile is received or a waiver is approved.

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Priority Deadlines & When to Expect Your Aid Offer

If you plan to begin classes at DU in the fall of 2024, you should submit your financial aid and admission applications at the same time; returning DU students should apply for aid by April 15th. As long as there are no further delays for receiving FAFSA data from the Department of Education, we'll begin sending aid offers within the timelines listed below to admitted students who have completed the aid application process.

2024-25 Application & Aid Offer Timelines
Admission Round/
Student Type
Admission App Deadline CSS Profile Priority Deadline FAFSA Priority Deadline Estimated Financial
Aid Offers Sent*
DU Begins to Send Final Financial Aid Offers
Early Decision I November 1 November 15 March 1 Early December Late April/Early May
Early Action November 1 November 26 March 1 Late December
Early Decision II January 15 February 1 March 1 Mid-February
Regular Decision January 15 February 5 March 1 Late February
Transfer Students Varies Submit with admission application Submit with admission application n/a
Returning Undergrads n/a April 15 April 15 n/a Mid July

*Estimated financial aid offers were sent to students who submitted the CSS Profile and the Noncustodial Parent CSS Profile (if required) by the priority deadline.

Why should I apply by the priority deadline?

Submitting your financial aid applications by the priority deadline means you can expect to receive an estimated/final financial aid offer within the timeframes listed above. If you miss the priority deadline, that's OK! You won't miss out on funding, but your financial aid offer may be delayed. We send aid offers on an ongoing basis to students who apply later, but you should still submit your financial aid application as soon as possible.

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