Grants & Scholarships

Grants and scholarships are funds you receive that are applied directly to the cost of your education. They come in two types: need-based and merit-based. Eligibility for need-based scholarships is determined by your financial aid application and takes into account you and your family's financial situation. Merit-based scholarships are awarded based on academic success or other accomplishments.

Below, you'll find information on the range of different grant and scholarship opportunities available to you.

Institutional Grants and Scholarships

We're committed to ensuring high-potential students have access to a DU education. We honor that commitment through extensive opportunities for merit- and need-based aid.

  • Merit Scholarships

    Merit scholarships are our most commonly awarded scholarships. Undergraduate Admission determines eligibility for these awards based on the academic information submitted with the admission application, and all students who apply for admission to DU are automatically considered. For first-time, first-year students, award amounts range from $12,000 to $33,000 annually and are available for up to 12 quarters (excluding summer quarters). Merit scholarship amounts are fixed; if awarded, you'll receive the same amount for all four years at DU.

    To remain eligible for a merit scholarship, you must be enrolled full-time (at least 12 credits per quarter) and maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress.

    Fall 2024 Early Decision applicants will receive a $5,000 merit scholarship in addition to the scholarships listed below. (This excludes students receiving athletic aid and music majors.)

    Important note for music majors: Students applying to the Lamont School of Music will be holistically considered for a comprehensive scholarship (ranging from $1,000 to full tuition) that will take talent, academic merit, and financial need into consideration. Students who are awarded a music scholarship are not eligible to receive an admission merit scholarship or any institutional need-based grants. If you are awarded a music scholarship, you will be notified within two weeks of your admission decision.

    Scholarship Amounts for First-Year Students Entering the 2024-25 Academic Year
    Scholarship Name Annual Scholarship Amount Additional Residence Hall Grant*
    Chancellor** $33,000 $3,000
    Provost $31,000 $3,000
    Dean $29,000 $3,000
    University $27,000 $3,000
    Pioneer $25,000 $3,000
    Crimson & Gold $23,000 $3,000
    Centennial $21,000 $3,000
    Rocky Mountain $12,000 n/a

    *If you live on campus and were awarded a merit scholarship (with the exception of the Rocky Mountain scholarship), you're also eligible to receive the $3,000 Residence Hall Grant.

    **At any time, some or all of the Chancellor Scholarship fund may be fulfilled through donor support, and students with this scholarship may receive an invitation to engage with donors who have generously provided this funding. The total scholarship amount will remain the same, however.


    Scholarship Amounts for Transfer Students
    Scholarship Name Annual Amount - Entering in Fall 2024
    or Winter/Spring of 2025
    Annual Amount - Entering in Fall 2023
    or Winter/Spring of 2024
    Pikes Peak $24,000 $22,000
    Mount Blue Sky $22,000 $20,000
    Longs Peak $20,000 $18,000
    Grays Peak $14,000 $12,000
    Torreys Peak $10,000 $8,000

    The amount of time transfer students are eligible to receive DU institutional financial aid (including merit scholarships) depends on the estimated time to degree completion from the point of initial enrollment, which is based on the transfer credit granted when we received final transcripts. Learn more >>

  • Residence Hall Grant

    Students awarded a merit scholarship (except the Rocky Mountain scholarship) are also automatically awarded the Residence Hall Grant, a $3,000 grant for full-time students who live on campus. This grant pays directly toward tuition costs, not housing or meal plans. Transfer students and students living off campus are ineligible for this award. This means students who meet the two-year, live-on requirement and then live off campus in their 3rd and 4th year, for example, will not receive this funding.

    Eligible on-campus housing for the 2023-24 academic year includes:

  • Need-Based Institutional Grants

    The two most common need-based grants available from DU are the DU Educational Grant and the Elevate Grant. Because these are need-based, eligibility is determined by the information provided on your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the CSS Profile. You must re-apply for aid every year to be considered, and the amount may change based on changes to your or your family's financial situation. You must also be enrolled full time and maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress to retain either grant. 

    The DU Educational Grant can only pay directly toward tuition costs (not housing or meal plans). The Elevate Grant can pay toward charges other than tuition.

  • Talent Scholarships

    Talent scholarships are awarded based on achievements in athletics, music, theater, speech and art. Recipient and award amounts are determined on an individual basis by athletic and academic departments. For more information, contact your academic department or varsity coach directly.

  • Gift & Endowed Scholarships

    Over 500 gift and endowed scholarships are awarded every year to current DU students by academic departments on campus. The majority of these scholarships are available to students entering their second, third or fourth year at the University after they’ve taken classes in their chosen major. To be considered for one of these awards, students must submit the Departmental Scholarship Application, which opens in February each year.

    There are also select departmental scholarships available for incoming first-year students. In this instance, students will be invited by the specific department to apply if they are eligible, and they will be notified if they are awarded a scholarship.

    The 2024-2025 Departmental Scholarship Application is open from Monday, March 25th through Friday, May 3rd (current DU students only).

  • Phi Theta Kappa Scholarships (Transfer Students)

    The Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship is a $2,500 award available to transfer students who were members of Phi Theta Kappa prior to attending DU. Proof of prior membership must be submitted to Undergraduate Admission through either a transcript notation or a separate confirmation from the Phi Theta Kappa chapter. The award may be combined with merit scholarships and is automatically renewable for students who maintain good academic standing.

  • RaiseMe Micro-Scholarships

    The University of Denver has partnered with the RaiseMe micro-scholarship program. Throughout your high school experience, you're able to earn scholarship dollars for reaching important academic benchmarks or for accomplishments in your extracurricular activities—accolades that ultimately set you up as an excellent candidate for admission. If you receive an equal or higher total amount of aid from the University of Denver, note this includes the micro-scholarships you earned on RaiseMe.

  • Native American Community Scholarships

    There are two scholarship opportunities for first-year, full-time, degree-seeking students committed to involvement in a Native American community:

    • The DU Community Scholarship covers the standard cost of tuition, fees, housing, meal plan, and books. Financial need is not required but will be considered, so be sure you have submitted the FAFSA, CSS Profile, and any other requested financial documents.
    • The DU Empowerment Scholarship covers the standard cost of tuition. Because financial need is required, you must submit the FAFSA, CSS Profile, and any other requested documents to be considered.

    While service to and involvement in the Native American community are the guiding principles of both scholarships, a holistic review of your admission application assists our committee in making selections. Recipients are notified in early April.

    The deadline to apply for these scholarships was Friday, March 15, 2024. Mailed applications must have been postmarked by this date.

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Federal Grants

Federal grants are awarded based on need, which is determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). To be eligible, you must be an undergraduate student enrolled in a degree or certificate program. You must file the FAFSA to be eligible for these awards

  • Federal Pell Grant

    Eligibility for the Federal Pell Grant is based on Expected Family Contribution (EFC). The maximum amount a student can receive for the 2023-2024 academic year is $7,395 and is awarded to those whose EFC is less than $6,657.

    The amount you receive can vary based on EFC, whether or not you are attending a full academic year, and whether you're attending full or part time. The maximum amount of funding you can receive over your lifetime is the equivalent of receiving the Pell Grant for six years.

    Learn More

  • Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)

    The SEOG is awarded to students with exceptional financial need. As such, we prioritize awarding SEOG to students with an Expected Family Contribution of $0. The award amount is typically $4,000.

    Learn More

  • Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant

    The Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant may be available to students whose parent or guardian was a member of the U.S. Armed Forces and died as a result of service performed in Iraq or Afghanistan after Sept. 11, 2001.

    To receive this grant, you must have an EFC above $5,711 and have been under 24 years old or enrolled in college at the time of your parent or guardian's death.

    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


    Learn More

  • Children of Fallen Heroes Scholarship

    A Pell grant-eligible student whose parent or guardian died in the line of duty while serving as a public safety officer is eligible to receive the maximum Pell grant amount.

    To qualify, you must be eligible for the Federal Pell grant, have an EFC below $5,711 for the 2020-21 academic year, and have been under 24 years old or enrolled in college at the time of your parent or guardian's death. The award amount varies up to $6,345 for the 2020-21 academic year.

    If you think you may be eligible for this scholarship, please contact us at (303) 871-4020 or

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Colorado State Aid

The Colorado General Assembly offers funding opportunities for students who demonstrate financial need, as determined by the FAFSA. To receive funding, the Colorado Residency Form must also be submitted to the Office of the Registrar.

Undocumented students who meet eligibility requirements may also apply for financial aid from the State of Colorado. Learn more >>

  • Colorado Student Grant

    To be eligible for a Colorado Student Grant, you must have an EFC of less than 150 percent of the Pell Grant EFC (as determined by the FAFSA) and be enrolled at least half time (six credits or more). Award amounts vary up to $5,000 annually.

  • College Opportunity Fund (COF)

    The College Opportunity Fund (COF) offers $38.67/credit hour for Pell Grant-eligible students who graduated from a Colorado high school.

    To receive funding, you must:

    You're eligible to receive COF for a total of 217.5 credit hours, including any credit hours used while taking college courses during high school. If you have used all 217.5 hours and you need additional hours to complete your undergraduate degree, you can request an extension by submitting a waiver request to the Colorado Commission on Higher Education. Contact the Office of Student Billing at for more information about that process.

  • Additional Information about Colorado State Aid

    Eligibility: In order to remain eligible for all Colorado state funding, students need to maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress.

    Appeal Procedures: Students who were not awarded the aid listed above, and believe they are eligible, may appeal for a re-evaluation of their financial aid award package. Please see information about Special Circumstances to verify whether your financial situation constitutes a reason to appeal.

    Penalties for Fraud: If you receive federal aid based on incorrect information, you will have to pay it back; you may also have to pay fines and fees. If you purposely give false or misleading information on your application, you may be fined $20,000, sent to prison or both.

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.

Since these entities are not affiliated with DU, you are encouraged to evaluate each scholarship opportunity. While DU works hard to review outside scholarships before sharing them with students, most of the websites listed below function as search engines. Among other things, beware of applications that only ask for your personal information (such as an email address), require examples of previous coursework, or simply enter you in a type of prize drawing. These scholarships may be ways to mine for data or utilize your work in ways that could violate academic integrity policies.

If you have any questions about a scholarship opportunity, please don't hesitate to contact us at

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.


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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 aid offer. 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.



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