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Undergraduate Financial Aid

Applying for Aid

Prospective First-Year Students

2018-19 financial aid applications are now available! 

Want to apply for need-based financial aid? Follow the steps below. Remember: you're automatically considered for merit scholarships when you apply for admission—no separate application is required. You do not need to apply for financial aid in order to receive an admission decision.


Although you may apply for financial aid at any time, we recommend that you apply for aid when you apply for admission in order to receive an aid decision in a timely manner. 

Priority Deadlines:

  • Early Decision I and Early Action Applicants: November 15th
  • Early Decision II and Regular Decision Applicants: February 1st

What if you miss the priority deadline? You should still apply ASAP! We will continue to send award letters on a weekly basis to admitted students who complete their aid applications after these dates. 

Requirements to Apply




2018-19 CSS Profile

School code: 4842

Noncustodial Parent CSS Profile 

Only needed if your parents are divorced, separated, or were never married.
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Needed to complete the FAFSA

2018-19 Free Application for
Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

School code: 001371

Use IRS Data Retrieval if you can.

2016 Parent(s) Tax Return
(this is different than a copy of a 1040)

Go to and click on
"Get a tax transcript"

Only needed if IRS Data Retrieval was not used to complete the FAFSA. Submit to our office.

2016 Parent(s) W-2 Forms


Submit to our office.

*The CSS Profile application—provided through the College Board—is used to determine your eligibility for institutional aid. If you wish to apply for only federal aid (Federal Pell Grant, Federal SEOG, Perkins loan, Direct loans, and/or the Parent PLUS loan), you just need to submit the FAFSA.

IRS Data Retrieval

The IRS Data Retrieval Tool allows students and parents to transfer their tax return information directly into their FAFSA from the IRS website. If data retrieval is used when completing the FAFSA, we will not need tax return transcripts. Review our Guide to Using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool for step-by-step instructions.

The 2018-19 FAFSA uses 2016 tax return information, so most users will be able to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool. Parents who are married and filed their 2016 tax return as Married Filing Separately, are married and filed as Head of Household, or filed a Puerto Rican or foreign tax return are not eligible to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool.

Tax Return Transcripts

If you were unable to use data retrieval, we need a copy of your parent(s) 2016 tax return transcripts to complete your financial aid application. Note that a tax return transcript is not just a copy of a tax return (1040). Tax transcripts must be obtained directly from the IRS.

To download a copy of your tax transcript online, go to and click on the "Get a tax transcript" link under the Tools section. Be sure to get a tax return transcript (not tax account transcript). Review our How-To Guide  for more information.

When to Expect Your Award Letter

If you completed your financial aid application by the priority deadlines listed above and have been admitted to the University of Denver, you can expect to receive your award letter via email around the same time as your admission decision. A packet of information will also be mailed to you. The timeline for receiving your award letter will depend on when you applied for admission:

  • Early Decision I Applicants: Early December
  • Early Action Applicants: Mid-December
  • Early Decision II Applicants: Late February
  • Regular Decision Applicants: Early March

Merit-Based Scholarships

Students are automatically considered for merit scholarships when they submit an application for admission and will be notified in their admission decision letter if they have been awarded a scholarship. Approximately 60% of our first-year students receive merit-based awards, so if a student's academic profile is near our average, he or she will potentially be eligible for an award. These awards are renewable if a student continues full-time and remains in good academic standing.