- Student Responsibility
- Federal Financial Aid
- Departental Financial Aid
- Additional Financial Aid Resources
It is very important that you research the cost of attendance along with any resources available to assist you with financial aid. You will receive a letter from the Office of Financial Aid that explains all of the financial aid available to you from DU. Please read this letter carefully and double check the information. If the letter does not include a scholarship, grant, or loan that you have received, it may be that the information entered the system after the letter was sent. Remember that you can view the most up-to-date information about your financial aid awards, and accept, decline, or reduce offered aid, via PioneerWeb (https://pioneerweb.du.edu).
Federal Financial Aid
Cost of Attendance
New students who wish to obtain federal financial aid must file a FAFSA (Free Application for Student Aid) by February 1. The deadline for continuing students is March 1. Please consult with the DU Office of Financial Aid for more information.
WORK STUDY. All federal loan and work study awards are granted through the Office of Financial Aid. Once students receive a work study award, they can apply to work study positions available on and off campus. The MEPC Program has several work study positions available related to research, communications, and the internship program, which are generally advertised during the spring for the following year starting in Autumn Quarter. Students who have received a work study award will have a link on the “Student” tab of PioneerWeb where they can review and apply for work study positions.
State and federal requirements for work study are as follows:
- Maximum amount of award: $5,000
- Must be U.S. citizen or permanent resident
- Must be enrolled full-time
- Awarded to students with greatest need (based on the FAFSA)
Departmental Financial Aid
The department generally offers several GTA positions and several partial scholarships each year. Students who meet the application deadline of February 1 will receive full consideration for these awards. These awards are competitive and are allocated based on the following materials: GRE scores, letters of recommendation, undergraduate or previous graduate GPA, and the student’s personal essay. When you apply to the degree program, you will be able to indicate on the application form the type of departmental aid for which you wish to be considered.
Additional Financial Aid Resources
Whether or not you received federal and/or departmental financial aid, you may still be searching for additional financial assistance. You can research and apply for private scholarships or grant opportunities. Below is a list of resources to help your search. If you haven’t yet called or met with the Office of Financial Aid, you may want to ask their assistance as well. Here is their contact information:
University Hall 255
2197 S. University Blvd
Denver, CO 80208
8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Mountain Time
Monday - Friday
Cost of Attendance and Financial Aid Resources
Cost of Attendance
The University of Denver has a web page that gives the breakdown of the cost of tuition here: http://www.du.edu/registrar/registration/tuition19-20.html. There is also a helpful “Cost of Attendance” web page: https://www.du.edu/admission-aid/financial-aid-scholarships/graduate-cost-attendance.
The University of Denver’s Office of Graduate Financial Aid
The University of Denver’s database of grants & scholarships
The University of Denver’s Office of Student Employment
The University of Denver’s “Jobs at DU” website:
Peterson’s Grad School Bound Scholarship Database
U.S. Department of Labor Scholarship Database
How to Avoid Financial Aid Scams: