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DU/Iliff Joint PhD Program in the Study of Religion

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Financial Aid

Funding your future

Academic Costs 

Tuition for the 20/21 academic year is $1461 per unit of credit. In their first two years, JDP students typically take 31 units of credit each year which makes the costs less than the standard cost of attendance models. A typical cost schedule could look something like this:

  Fall  Quarter
(8 units)        
Winter Quarter
(12 units)
Spring Quarter
(11 units)
Tuition $11,688.00 $17,532.00 $16,071.00
Fees $85.00 $101.00 $97.00
Health Insurance (if needed*) $1,650.00   $1,650.00
Total $13,423.00 $17,433.00 $17,818.00

*If you participate in the DU Student Health Insurance Program, you will be charged only in the fall and spring quarters for 12-month coverage. You may waive participation in the program if you are covered by another plan. An additional Health and Counseling Fee is a optional supplement to the Health Insurance.  See the Health and Counseling website for more information.

** Please note that these costs are estimated using the best available information at the time this was posted.

Costs for 2021/22 are scheduled to be $1490 per unit of credit with fees unchanged.  Health insurance is tentatively scheduled to be $1725 billed twice per year.  This chart will be updated as the final costs are confirmed.

Other Costs

In addition to tuition and fees, students should consider other costs.  While housing  and other costs can vary widely, here is a sample budget that may be helpful.  We currently do not have institutional aid to cover these costs.  Students find other sources of aid or employment to help cover them. 

Room and Board             $16,884
Books $1000
Personal Expenses $1440
Transportation $1506
Loan Fees $201


Financial Aid

All financial aid awarded by the DU/Iliff Joint Doctoral Program is based on merit. We strive to maximize financial support for our students. All JDP students are awarded a Tuition Discount Scholarship that covers between 60% to 100% of the first 82 units of tuition. The final 8 units of independent research (dissertation credit) are not covered by the Tuition Discount Scholarship. However other scholarships and Graduate Teaching Assistantships of $2500.00 per course are often available.

In addition to aid that comes directly from the program, funding is available from the University of Denver Office of Graduate Education. Special application or nomination is required to receive these monies.

**** There are also numerous other organizations that offer fellowships and scholarships.  A list funding sources can be found on the JDP Portfolio page.****