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Financial Aid for Law Students

Financial Aid for Law Students

Learn how to apply for financial aid.

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In the Office of Financial Aid, we know that your choice to enter law school is a decision to invest in your future. And, like any significant investment, we know that it doesn't come cheaply. 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

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 Sturm College of Law admissions >>

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 early February. If you're a continuing student, you can expect to receive it in early June.

Priority Deadlines to Apply

  • Incoming students: January 15, 2018
  • 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 returning 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.

Annual Financial Aid Application Timeline

  • October 1st: Earliest date to complete the FAFSA
  • January 15th: Priority deadline for incoming students to apply for financial aid
  • March 15th: Priority deadline for returning students to apply for financial aid
  • Early February: We'll begin sending financial aid award notifications to incoming students
  • Late May/Early June: We'll begin sending financial aid award notifications to returning students