Financial Aid

Financial Aid
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OverviewFinancial Aid

At University of Denver, graduate students may qualify for the following types of financial aid:

Grants and scholarships are awarded by Morgridge College of Education (MCE Awards) while loans and work study are administered by the University of Denver Office of Financial Aid.

In addition, you may be eligible for employer tuition benefits through your company or organization (contact your Human Resources department for more information) or for military benefits if you, your spouse or parent is currently serving in the military or is a veteran. You can also apply for scholarships through other organizations or agencies. See ‘Resources’ for ways to find other scholarships.

DU employees, spouses or dependents may be eligible for a tuition waiver. See the Human Resources website for more details and eligibility requirements.

Morgridge College of Education (MCE) awards more than $10 million annually in scholarships, fellowships and graduate teaching/research assistantships. These awards are considered financial aid, but unlike student loans, you do not have to repay these awards.

Grants and Scholarships

Upon admission to one of Morgridge’s graduate programs, you will be considered for grants and scholarships, including Dean’s scholarships and other named scholarships, based on your application materials. International students who receive external agency funding are not eligible to receive the MCE Dean’s Scholarship.

You can also search the University of Denver’s free scholarship database.  This database contains scholarship and application information for a variety of additional scholarship opportunities.

Graduate/Research Assistantships (GA/GRA)

Assistantships are merit awards that include both a tuition waiver and a stipend and may incorporate a research component. Application and eligibility requirements vary by department, and are generally a part of the application process.

MCE Graduate Assistant Handbook 2014-15

GTA/GRA Positions

Please note: Students cannot have both a work-study position and a GTA/GRA position simultaneously and must choose to have only one or the other.

Graduate students may be eligible for federal unsubsidized or private lender student loans and/or work study student employment. To learn more about the types of loans available and work study, visit the Office of Financial Aid website.

Specific certificate programs at the Morgridge College of Education are eligible for federal financial aid. To find out more visit the the University of Denver Certificate Program page.

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.

STEP 2: Apply for a U.S. Department of Education PIN.
STEP 3: Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online.

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.

There may be other resources, such as private scholarships or grants, to assist you with financing your education. Any amount received from outside sources will reduce what you need to borrow.

Scholarship and grant resources:

Additional resources to assist you in finding and applying for financial aid:

Prospective student questions:

Morgridge Office of Admissions
303-871-2509 or 800-835-1607

Current student questions:

Banman, James
303-871-6291, KRH 307

For prospective students, contact: Admissions Office 
For current students, contact: Banman, James

Banman, James

Banman, James : Finance Assistant

Finance Assistant

Financial Aid
303-871-6291; KRH 317

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Primary Responsibilities: The current student contact for financial aid needs and questions.

Goddard, Stacey

Goddard, Stacey : Director of Financial Aid

Director of Financial Aid

Financial Aid
303-871-4265, KRH 312

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Primary Responsibilities: Develops, administers and coordinates student financial aid programs to help ensure that MCE recruitment and retention goals are met.  Oversees and coordinates leveraging  of institutional financial aid including endowment, gift and grant funded scholarship programs to facilitate recruitment and retention and ensure alignment with the College’s annual financial goals.  Manages budgets and forecasts for graduate net revenue.

Office of Admissions

Office of Admissions :

KRH 303-871-2509

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