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Financial Aid 101

Checking the Status of Your Application and When to Expect Your Financial Aid Offer

University of Denver Financial Aid

Checking the Status of Your Application

If you've already started the process of applying for financial aid, follow the steps below to check the status of your application. Not sure what you need to do to apply? Review our online guide.

Application Status Page
If you have applied for admission to DU and said you were interested in need-based financial aid on your application, you have a financial aid checklist on your application status page. This is the best place to learn what you need to submit and to verify that we have received your materials. To view your checklist:

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All items are updated once per day. Anything with a red 'X is still needed. Please note that during busy times (typically November through February), it may take us a few days to update your checklist.

Submitting Documents
The easiest and most secure way to submit documents to our office is through the upload process on your application status page. You can also email materials to or fax them to 303-871-2341.

Reviewing Your Student Aid Report
Once you submit the FAFSA, review your Student Aid Report (SAR) to make sure it's correct and complete. Your SAR will give you some basic information about your eligibility for federal student aid as well as list your answers to the questions on the FAFSA. You'll receive an email with instructions on how to access your SAR online 3-5 days after you submit the FAFSA.

If you don't have any changes to make to the information listed on your SAR, just keep it for your records. If you found a mistake, you should correct or update your FAFSA.

Reviewing Your Profile Acknowledgment
Once you submit the CSS Profile, the College Board will provide a Profile Acknowledgment that will include all the information you input on your application. If you made a mistake on your application or need to include additional information, click the "Correct Your CSS Profile" link on your Dashboard.

Federal Verification and Conflicting Information
Some students will be selected for a process called federal verification or will have conflicting information between the FAFSA and CSS Profile, which means we will need to collect additional documentation before we can create a financial aid offer for you. You'll receive an email if that's the case. However, since your checklist can change, you should frequently log into your application status page so you don't miss an important step in the process.

When to Expect Your Financial Aid Offer

What is an aid offer?
A financial aid offer (sometimes called a financial aid "package") is a document that will list all of the types of financial aid (or "awards") you are eligible to receive from the University of Denver. The aid listed may come from a combination of federal, state, or institutional sources.

What do I need to do to receive an aid offer?
You must be admitted to the University of Denver and your financial aid "file" must be complete to receive a financial aid offer. This means you submitted the 2022-23 FAFSA, the CSS Profile (if you want to be considered for institutional need-based aid), any additional documents requested, and an advisor has reviewed your application.

When will I receive it?
The answer to this question depends on which admission application round you chose and if you applied for financial aid by the priority deadline.

  • Early Decision I Applicants: If you completed your financial aid application by November 15th, you'll receive an aid offer with your admission decision in early December.
  • Early Action Applicants: If you completed your financial aid application by November 15th, you'll receive an aid offer soon after your admission decision between late December and late January.
  • Early Decision II Applicants: If you complete your financial aid application by February 1st, you'll receive an aid offer with your admission decision in mid-February.
  • Regular Decision Applicants: If you complete your financial aid application by February 1st, you'll receive an aid offer soon after your admission decision between late February and late March.

If you miss the priority deadline, that's OK! We'll send aid offers every week to students who complete the financial aid application process after the dates listed above.

How will I be notified?
First, you'll receive an email when your financial aid offer is available to view online through your application status page. We'll also mail you a packet that will include additional information and resources to help you understand your financial aid options at DU.

How is my aid eligibility determined?
The types of aid listed on your offer letter are based on several things, including the information you and your family supplied on the FAFSA and CSS Profile and your planned living arrangements (on- or off-campus). We'll provide much more information on this topic in a future Financial Aid 101 email.

Anything else I should know?
Many of the types of aid on your offer letter will be offered to you—not automatically accepted on your behalf. This means, for example, that if you don't want to borrow a loan you were offered, you don't have to accept that loan. Some types of financial aid will also require you to take additional steps before you can receive funds.

Additionally, please know that per University of Denver policy, we cannot negotiate financial aid offers. However, if you or your family has an extenuating circumstance that is not reflected on the FAFSA or CSS Profile, please let us know.

That's it for this week! Want to review past Financial Aid 101 emails? Check out the archives.

Up next week: Types of Aid Available


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