In this update:
- Last day of fall semester
- Spring semester disbursement
- Spring semester refunds
- Spring enrollment adjustments
- University closed for winter break
- Changes to the 2017-18 FAFSA
- Applying for aid for the 2017-18 academic year
- Upcoming important dates
Last Day of Fall Semester
The last day of fall semester is Wednesday, December 14th. This is also the last day any type of federal aid—including federal student loans—can be certified for the fall term. If you need any adjustments made to your financial aid for fall semester, contact us as soon as possible!
Spring Semester Disbursement
Your DU tuition bill is due on December 30th. On that date, your financial aid for spring semester will disburse to your student account and will pay toward your charges—as long as all financial aid requirements are satisfied.
In order to receive your financial aid, you must:
- be registered for at least 4 credits,
- have accepted your financial aid through PioneerWeb, and
- have no outstanding requirements on the Law Student tab of PioneerWeb, (which is indicated by a red flag).
Learn more about billing and disbursement >>
Spring Semester Refunds
Expecting a refund? If your financial aid is more than the total of your charges, a refund will be generated by the Bursar's Office on Tuesday, January 3rd. If you have direct deposit, you can expect to see your refund in your bank account on January 4th.
Did you know you can calculate your estimated refund through PioneerWeb? Go to the Law Student tab and click on the "Student Account by Term" link in the Financial Aid Awards box. Then, subtract your total "Term Credits and Payments" from "Term Charges." If the result is a negative number, you'll receive that amount in a refund.
We frequently have students ask, "Can I get my refund sooner?" The short answer: no. We are prohibited by federal regulations to disburse financial aid funds any sooner than 10 days before the start of the semester. Since spring semester begins on January 9th, we can't disburse funds any sooner than December 30h.
Spring Enrollment Adjustments
At the end of the 100% add/drop period each semester, we must verify your enrollment. The last day you can either add a class without being assessed a late fee or drop a class to receive 100% of the tuition refunded for spring semester is Monday, January 23rd. On that date, we will verify your enrollment and make any necessary changes to your Cost of Attendance.
Your Cost of Attendance and financial aid is based on the typical enrollment of students in your program:
- JD Day program: 12-15 credits
- JD Evening program: 8-11 credits
- Legal Administration (part time): 4-7 credits
- All other programs: 12-15 credits
If you are enrolled in fewer credits for the spring semester than indicated above for your program, your financial aid refund may be too large and we may need to return a portion of your loan funds back to the U.S. Department of Education (which will create a balance due with DU). If you are enrolled in more credits, you will receive a smaller refund to use for living expenses (if you planned to borrow for those).
If your actual enrollment is different than what's listed above, please submit an Enrollment Adjustment Form so we can make the appropriate changes to your Cost of Attendance and, if needed, your financial aid.
Learn more about the enrollment adjustment policy >>
University Closed for Winter Break
As a reminder, the University of Denver is closed from Monday, December 26th through Monday, January 2nd. Since our office is included in the closure, we highly encourage you to make sure all of your financial aid requirements for spring semester are satisfied before the break. Doing this will help you avoid late fees, and will ensure you get your refund in a timely manner.
Changes to the 2017-2018 FAFSA
The U.S. Department of Education made a couple of changes to the 2017-2018 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). First, the 2017-2018 FAFSA became available on October 1st, three months earlier than in years past. Second, this application now uses tax data from two years prior instead of one. That means you will use 2015 tax information to complete the 2017-2018 FAFSA. Both of these changes should make it easier for all students to apply for financial aid!
Applying for Aid for the 2017-18 Academic Year
Because the 2017-18 FAFSA is already available, you can get a jump start on the financial aid application process for next year by submitting it now. But no rush—the priority deadline for current students to apply for financial aid is not until March 15th.
How to Apply:
Complete the 2017-18 FAFSA.
When to Apply:
The priority deadline for current students is March 15th.
What You'll Need:
All of your 2015 tax information. We strongly encourage you to use the IRS data retrieval tool when completing your FAFSA, which will quickly transfer your 2015 tax return data directly into your application.
Some students ask if they can wait until January or later and complete the 2017-18 FAFSA with 2016 tax information. And the answer is no. You must use 2015 data.
We will begin sending 2017-18 financial aid award letters to those with completed applications in late May or early June.
Learn more about applying for financial aid or download the application checklist.
Upcoming Important Dates
- Monday, December 26th - Monday, January 2nd: Winter break - University closed
- Friday, December 30th: Financial aid disbursement for spring semester
- Tuesday, January 3rd: Financial aid refunds for spring semester generated by the Bursar's Office
- Monday, January 9th: First day of classes for spring semester
- Monday, January 16th: Martin Luther King Jr. Day - University closed
- Monday, January 23rd: Last day to add or drop classes at 100% for spring semester
- Wednesday, March 15th: Priority deadline for current students to apply for 2017-18 financial aid
If you have any questions about the information in this update, please contact us! Happy holidays!
Financial Aid Staff