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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, you can check the status of your application by following the steps below. Not sure what you need to do? Review our online guide.

Application Status Page
If you have applied for admission to DU and indicated interest 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 both learn what you need to submit and to verify that we have received your materials. To view your checklist:

  • Go to
  • Enter your email address and password, or login with your Google, Facebook or LinkedIn account.
  • Click on the "Financial Aid" box.

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.

The first time you log into your application status page, you will need to enter the temporary PIN that was sent to you via email after you submitted your admission application (the subject line will include "we received your application"). If you've forgotten your password, click on the "Forgot your password?" link or send an email to

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, we recommend that you 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 you with a Profile Acknowledgment that will include all the information provided on your application. Unfortunately, you cannot change any data on the CSS Profile online. If you found a mistake, please print out your Profile Acknowledgment, make corrections directly on that form, and submit the paper version to our office.  

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. We'll send email reminders to students who are missing financial aid requirements. However, since your checklist can change, we recommend that you frequently log into your application status page so you don't miss an important step in the application 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?
To receive a financial aid offer, you must be admitted to the University of Denver and your financial aid "file" must be complete. That means you have submitted the 2021-22 FAFSA, the CSS Profile (if you want to be considered for institutional need-based aid) and any additional documents requested.

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 in late December.
  • 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 soon after your admission decision in late February.

If you miss the priority deadline, that's OK! We'll continue to send aid offers on a weekly basis 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 mail you a follow-up 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 aren't obligated to accept that loan. Some types of financial aid will also require you to take additional steps before you can receive funds.

Additionally, please be aware that in accordance with 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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