To be eligible for grants, scholarships, loans or student employment positions at Morgridge College of Education, you must complete the following steps:
STEP 1: Apply for admission to the Morgridge College of Education.
You must be admitted to the University to be eligible for student loan awards, however, it is recommended that you begin the FAFSA process prior to receiving your admissions decision (see the steps below). Grants, scholarships, student loans and student employment positions will not be awarded until you have been formally admitted and completed all of the following steps.
You will need to complete the FAFSA each year of enrollment in your degree program. The new FAFSA forms for the following academic year are available on January 1 each year. To apply, you will need your PIN from Step 2 above. The school code for the University of Denver is 001371. To be eligible for consideration for all federal aid the FAFSA must be completed by February 15.
The FAFSA website lists all of the information you will need and the steps you will need to follow to complete your FAFSA application.
Even if you believe you are ineligible for federal student aid, you must complete the FAFSA because the Morgridge College of Education and the University require this information in awarding state and institutional need-based aid, as well as many scholarships.
STEP 4: You should receive a Student Aid Report (SAR) three to six weeks after submitting your FAFSA.
If you have applied for a PIN, you can view the SAR online through the FAFSA website. Review your SAR for accuracy and make any necessary corrections.
STEP 5: Accept your financial aid award.
The Office of Financial Aid will use the information on your FAFSA to determine your eligibility for financial assistance (loans) and student employment.
Once this process is complete, you will be notified via email that your award can be viewed online with instructions for reviewing your award. You must accept or decline the awards offered to you online.
You may be selected for verification of the information reported on the FAFSA by the Department of Education (your SAR will indicate you have been selected). The Office of Financial Aid will contact you by email to notify you of the additional information needed. If selected, additional documentation is required to be turned into the University before determining your aid eligibility and disbursing any funds.
STEP 6: Plan ahead and think long-term.
One of the most important parts of planning is to determine how much you actually need for tuition, fees, books and living expenses and avoid accepting more loans than you need. For most graduate loans, you must pay the interest each month while you are a student. Contact the Office of Financial Aid for questions related to loans and planning.
Tips for applying for Financial Aid
Applying for financial aid is easier than it seems, but it is important that you sbutmit all of the required forms and meet all the deadlines.
Here are some additional tips that will reduce stress and maximize your chances of securing assistance:
- Ask questions. The Morgridge College of Education Office of Admissions and the University Office of Financial Aid staff are available to answer your inquiries and direct you to on- and off-campus resources.
- File your federal tax forms as early in the year as possible, remembering that you can estimate your income and taxes for the prior year.
- Make sure that your application to the Morgridge College of Education is complete. The earlier you submit all paperwork, the better your chances of tapping into all sources of aid.
- Be sure to review the financial aid information on the Morgridge College of Education’s website and pursue any types of funding that may apply to you.
- Determine if you are eligible for an employer reimbursement or tuition waiver through the company or organization where you work. Some employers may provide partial or full tuition reimbursement to employees or dependents. Check with your Human Resources department to see if your employer offers these benefits. The Bursar’s Office can set up deferred payments for students who will have all or a portion of their bill paid by an employer. For questions about eligibility for DU employee tuition waivers, please contact the Office of Human Resources.