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2019-20 Graduate Budget Adjustment Form

Your total student budget is a 9- or 12-month estimate of costs typically incurred by all students. This estimate includes direct costs (such as tuition and fees) and indirect costs (such as room and board, personal expenses and transportation expenses). Budget parameters are determined by the Colorado Department of Higher Education and by the Office of Financial Aid.

After submitting this form, a Financial Aid Advisor will review and process your request. Once complete, an email will be sent to your DU address. Please allow up to 2 weeks for processing. If you are applying for additional loan funds, allow more time for certification and disbursement.

Adjustments can be made for the reasons listed below. An offer of additional aid is not guaranteed. Funds, if available, will be the in the form of a student loan. Choose only those options that apply to you.

If you need to make adjustments to your budget because of changes in enrollment, please submit the Enrollment Adjustment form.

Student Information:
Reason for Budget Adjustment
Loan Fees
Loan Fees
A loan origination fee is proportionately deducted at disbursement of each installment of federal loans. For Direct Unsubsidized loans, the fee is 1.062%. For Direct Graduate PLUS loans, the fee is 4.248%.
Health and Counseling Fee
Health and Counseling Fee
The DU Health and Counseling Fee is $200/quarter ($300/semester).
Health Insurance
Health Insurance

Additional Documentation Required: You must submit documentation from your provider demonstrating the cost of your health insurance per month before this request can be processed. Please send this via email to [email protected] or upload it through PioneerWeb.

Computer Expense
Computer Expense
A budget adjustment can be made for the purchase of a computer one time during a student's enrollment in a graduate program at DU. The computer budget parameter is established by the Colorado Department of Higher Education and is based on web-published costs.
Additional Documentation Required: A receipt showing the cost of the computer you purchased must be submitted before we can process this request. We cannot accept an advertisement or estimate. Please send this via email to [email protected] or upload it through PioneerWeb.
Books and Supplies
Books and Supplies
A budget adjustment can be made if the cost of your required books and supplies exceed the standard budgeted amount as set by the institution. For graduate students, the standard budgeted amount is $1,200/year or $400/quarter for full-time students, and $600/year or $200/quarter for part-time students. For law students, the budgeted amount is $1,200/year or $600/semester.
Additional Documentation Required: You must submit receipts showing the costs of the books and supplies needed for your classes before this request can be processed. Please send this via email to [email protected] or upload it through PioneerWeb.
Childcare
Childcare

The childcare budget parameter is established by the Colorado Department of Higher Education and is based on a range of the actual cost of care per child, per month in the state of Colorado.

Care time is determined by class time, study time, field work, internships, and commuting time for the student. The maximum care time is 15 hours per week per class while the student is enrolled. Amount approved for expenses cannot exceed $1,246 per child, per month.

Please note: A Financial Aid Advisor will contact the childcare provider to confirm enrollment/attendance. We reserve the right to request proof of payment for childcare services at any time during the academic year in which a childcare adjustment has been approved.

Additional Documentation Required: You must submit documentation demonstrating the amount of childcare for each child per month before this request can be processed. Acceptable types of documentation include receipts, enrollment agreements, copies of cancelled checks, and/or a detailed written statement from a provider that includes contact information and dates of enrollment/care. Please send this via email to [email protected] or upload it through PioneerWeb.
Childcare Information
Bar Exam Fees
Bar Exam Fees
This increase can be made only if you incur the cost of the Bar Exam while enrolled as a student at DU. This adjustment can be made for Bar Exam fees only; your budget cannot be increased for Bar prep coursework or materials.
Additional Documentation Required: You must submit a receipt showing the amount you have already paid for the exam—estimates cannot be accepted. Please send this via email to [email protected] or upload it through PioneerWeb.
Disability Expenses
Disability Expenses
Requests to increase budgets for disability-related expenses will be reviewed by our appeals committee. Whether the request for disability-related expenses is approved or denied, you will hear from the appeals committee within 3 weeks of submitting the request.
Additional Documentation Required: You must submit documentation before this request will be considered. Please send receipts demonstrating your out-of-pocket expenses, a narrative describing the disability and related expenses, as well documentation from a medical professional that indicates specifically how your disability substantially limits a major life activity. Please send this via email to [email protected] or upload it through PioneerWeb.
Study Abroad
Study Abroad Program Expenses
Additional Documentation Required: You must submit a receipt or an estimate of your airfare costs—as well as documentation of program fees (such as a flyer)—before this request can be processed. Please send this via email to [email protected] or upload it through PioneerWeb.

Please note that we can only increase your cost of attendance for the cost of an economy class ticket, even if you purchase a more expensive ticket.

By submitting this form, you permit the DU Office of Financial Aid to reduce or increase your student budget, thus changing your financial aid eligibility. You understand that the Office of Financial Aid will verify all increases; if we find any requests to be false, your budget and financial aid will be re-adjusted, and funds may have to be returned that you received inadvertently.

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