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Price and Affordability

How Financial Aid Can Help

When applying to the University of Denver, you and your family might have a lot of questions about how you’ll cover the costs of tuition, housing and other expenses. Our office is dedicated to helping each family create a strategy that works for them. Once scholarships and other financial aid options are factored in, many students find their cost to attend DU is comparable to other institutions they may be considering. We'll work with you to answer all your questions and to craft a customized financial aid package that explores every available option.

Can I afford a DU education?

We do our best to make sure everyone who is admitted to DU can afford it.

Use our interactive calculators for an estimate of how much financial aid you may be eligible to receive and what your overall cost to attend the University of Denver might be.   

Estimate Your Cost

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Quick Cost Estimator

For a quick, ballpark estimate of your cost, use the Quick Cost Estimator.

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Net Price Calculator

For a more in-depth estimate, complete the Net Price Calculator.

  • 84%

    84 percent of need met for undergraduate students

  • 79%

    79 percent of aid for undergraduates is scholarships and grants

$40.5k

$40,587 is the average need-based financial aid package for first-time, first-year students

84%

84 percent of students receive some form of financial aid

What types of aid are available?

There are three main types of financial aid you might qualify to receive. Your first-year financial aid package may combine all of these items to help you cover the cost of your education.

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    Merit Scholarships - Up to $26,000

    You're automatically considered for merit scholarships during the admission process—no need to apply for financial aid to be considered. 81% of admitted students receive a merit scholarship. This money doesn't have to be repaid.

    Scholarships

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    Need-Based Grants

    There are a variety of federal, state and university grants that are awarded based on financial need. This is also money that doesn't have to be repaid.

    Grants

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    Loans - Up to $5,500

    DU offers low-interest federal loans for students. Additional loans are also available for parents.

    Loans

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Average Need-Based Grant Amounts

DU provides aid distributed among a wide range of income levels. Below are the average need-based financial aid packages for current first-year students who completed both the FAFSA and CSS Profile. Awards can be impacted by size of family, number of students in college, assets and the student's admission application.

Parent Annual Income Range Average Total Aid Package Range of Total Aid Packages (Middle 50%)
$0-40,000 $52,831 $48,363-$59.432
$40,001-80,000 $47,825 $43,395-$54,410
$80,001-120,000 $40,656 $34,980-$46,100
$120,001-160,000 $36,035 $30,120-$39,900
$160,000+ $28,134 $24,770-$31,500

Sample Aid Packages

These sample packages are based on a family of four with typical assets and one in college. Remember—these are only samples. Be sure to get your own estimate!


$27,000 family income  |  3.8 GPA

 

$98,000 family income  |  4.1 GPA


$56,000 family income  |  3.9 GPA

 

$132,000 family income  |  3.6 GPA

Get a personalized estimate of what you might pay.

Quick Cost Estimator

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Plan for Four Years

Will I receive the same aid package each year?

If your family's financial situation remains the same, we'll make every effort to provide you with a similar aid package each year. But be sure to keep these points in mind:

  • Costs will change. Based on information from prior years, you should anticipate a small increase in tuition, housing and meal rates annually.
  • Merit scholarships are fixed. If you're offered a merit scholarship upon admission, you can expect to receive that same award for four years.
  • Departmental scholarships may be available. Once you choose a major, you may be considered for a departmental scholarship in your second, third and/or fourth year.

Am I going to end up with a lot of debt?

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Avg Debt at Graduation

The average amount of debt our students have when they graduate is about $23,600—less than the amounts we often hear in the news.

Data from College Scorecard and College InSight.

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Repayment Rate

Due to the early success of our alumni, 72% of graduates are paying down their loans after graduation—much higher than the national average of just 47%.

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