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Graduate Financial Aid

Graduate Financial Aid

Learn how to apply for financial aid.

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Embarking on a graduate education at the University of Denver requires a financial investment. Yet like any sound investment, your DU degree will yield positive outcomes for years to come. That's why we will make sure you have the help you need to finance your education.

The first step in the process is to apply for aid. In order to receive any federal financial aid, including student loans, you must complete the FAFSA. Remember that you should reapply for aid as early as possible every year you attend DU.

Steps to Apply for the 2018-19 Academic Year

If you are applying for admission to DU for the fall, winter, spring and/or summer quarters of the 2018-19 academic year, follow the steps below:

Step 1: Apply for admission to the University of Denver.

We cannot process your financial aid application until you are officially admitted to the University.

Learn more about graduate admission >>

Step 2: Create your Federal Student Aid (FSA) ID.

You will use this ID every year you apply for financial aid and to complete Master Promissory Notes for federal student loans.

Go to the FSA ID application >>

Step 3: Complete the 2018-19 FAFSA.

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is used to determine eligibility for federal aid.

School code: 001371 | Go to the FAFSA >>

2018-19 Award Letters

Once you have completed the requirements to apply for aid, we will send you a financial aid award letter via email. We'll start sending 2018-19 financial aid award letters to new, admitted students in mid-February. If you're a continuing student, you can expect to receive it in early June.

Priority Deadlines to Apply

  • Incoming students applying for fall 2018 admission: January 15, 2018
  • Incoming students applying for winter, spring or summer admission: no priority deadline—apply as soon as possible
  • Returning students: March 15, 2018

Why should you apply by the priority deadline? For new students, applying by the priority deadline means that if you've been admitted to DU, you'll receive your award letter in mid-February (or soon after you're admitted, whichever comes later). For continuing students, it means you can expect to receive your award letter in late May or early June. If you miss the priority deadline, that's OK—you should still apply as soon as possible to get your award letter. You won't miss out on funding.

You may be selected for verification once your application is submitted. You will be notified via email if you are selected, and should submit the additional requested documentation as soon as possible. We can't create an award package for you until that documentation is submitted.

Steps to Apply for the 2017-18 Academic Year

Do you need to apply for aid for the winter, spring and/or summer quarters of the 2017-18 academic year? Please follow the steps outlined above, except submit the 2017-18 FAFSA. Once you have applied (and submitted your additional documentation if selected for verification ), you will receive your financial aid award notification via email in about 2 weeks.