Scholarships and Other Ways to Fund Your DU Tuition

Besides finding the school that suits you the best, it is also essential to plan ahead on how to afford tuition before leaving your home country. Below is the tuition breakdown infographic made by our team to help incoming students visualize the real cost of being a DU student. If the yearly amount of $73,063 seems a lot to you, stay calm and don’t panic. At the University of Denver, there are several ways to help you to minimize that big scary number.

Tuition breakdown infographic

1. The Merit Scholarship

The first and also the most common scholarship that is available for students at DU is the Merit Scholarship. To apply for this scholarship, first, you must apply to DU. During admission, students will be considered automatically for the scholarship. The Undergraduate Admission office will determine your eligibility for this award based on your GPA, or your engagement or achievements gained in the previous institutions (high school for first-year students, and previous college for transfer students).

The Merit Scholarship is what makes DU stand out from other big schools in Colorado when the award ranges from  $12,000 to $24,000 with an additional $3,000 for housing if you apply for DU as first-year student. If you apply to DU as a transfer student from other higher-education institutions, the Merit scholarship ranges from $14,000 to $18,000.  In contrast, CU and CSU scholarships for international students are not as generous as the scholarships that DU is offering. This scholarship is competitive and it’s not guaranteed that anyone who applies for DU can get it, but keep this in mind that over 40% of undergraduate students receive a merit-based scholarship at DU. Thus, you may be one of the 40% if you apply.

The Merit scholarship amount is fixed, and that means you will get the same amount all four years at DU. Being a full-time student (at least 12 credits per quarter) is a must to remain eligible for the scholarship. In addition to that, you also have to maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress. 

2. Third-party Scholarships

Raise.me is a micro-scholarship program that the University of Denver has recently partnered with in order to help incoming students raise money for college through every achievement they have accomplished throughout high school or their community college experience. With this program, students don’t have to be a superstar athlete or get straight As to get a scholarship; Raise.me awards students through academic benchmarks or extracurricular activity accomplishments. For instance, for getting an A in any course, you can raise up to $1,000, or $1,500 for being a leader in a sport at your school. 

Although Raise.me indeed sounds like a really amazing option for funding your tuition, the downside of the program is that for international students who did not go to a US high school, Raise.me is quite limiting since it only cooperates with very few high schools in each country outside of the US. 

Besides Raise.me, unfortunately, private, third-party scholarships for international students are limited and competitive . If you are interested in digging deeper to find out more about private scholarships, please check out this post by our team for more details. 

3. Gifts and endowed Scholarships

Every year, there are over 500 gift and endowed scholarships that are awarded to only DU students categorized by academic departments on campus. The majority of the scholarship is likely going to students who are in their second, third or fourth year at DU and most importantly, they have to have taken some classes in their declared major. The scholarship opens in February each year and students must submit the Departmental Scholarship application to be considered for the scholarship.

4. Talent Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded based on a student’s special talent and achievements in sports, music, or theater, art. 

Music majors: Besides the Merit scholarship, students with special musical talent who apply to the Lamont School of Music will also be considered for a comprehensive scholarship that ranges from $1,000 to the full tuition. But it will take tremendous effort and talent from the student along with other elements like academic merit, and financial need. Unfortunately, if a student is qualified for this scholarship, they won’t be eligible to receive the merit scholarship or any other institutional grants.

Athletic Scholarship: Students who apply to DU and plan on participating in NCAA athletics can be considered for these limited and highly-competitive scholarships. Students who are interested can contact the Denver Pioneers athletics staff for more details.

5. Getting a job on campus

Finally, getting a job on campus may not be a realistic way to pay off your entire tuition but it’s nice to have a job that pays you decently and have a chance to work while you’re in the US. The extra dollars you earn can also be extremely helpful in case of an emergency or if you want to purchase things you love without asking parents for an allowance. There are various options for students to choose if you check out the official website of DU student employment. If you get stuck and don’t know how to apply or prepare for your job interviews, you can get some useful tips from this blog post or you can reach out to us for more information.

Author: Tam Nguyen

Photos: Tam Nguyen

Editor: Ronnie Cheng

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