Scholarships and Other Ways to Fund Your DU Tuition

As part of looking for universities away from home, we’re sure that the topic of funding and scholarships has come up. Our team has taken the information from the official DU website and created a “cheat sheet” for you to refer to. Below is the tuition breakdown to help incoming students visualize the possible costs of being a DU student. We have additional resources and links to help aid your journey in both finding the right university fit for you and along your admission process!

Types of Scholarships

1. The Merit Scholarship

The first and most common scholarship available for DU students is the Merit Scholarship. You can be awarded scholarships from $10,000 to $30,000 with an additional $3,000 for housing if you apply for DU as a first-year student. If you apply to DU as a transfer student from other higher-education institutions, the Merit scholarship ranges from $8,000 to $22,000 (as of the 2023-2024 school year). All admitted students will receive a merit scholarship, meaning if you are an international student, you will also receive a Merit Scholarship. The scholarship is a fixed amount, meaning that you will get the same amount for all four years at DU if you choose to attend for 4 years. 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. Talent Scholarship

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

Music majors: Besides the Merit scholarship, students who apply to the Lamont School of Music will also be considered for a comprehensive scholarship that ranges from $1,000 to full tuition. This scholarship is highly competitive, however, we encourage you to visit the Lamont School of Music website to learn more about the scholarship. We do want to note that 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 visit the Denver Athletics website for more details.

3. Third-party Scholarships is a micro-scholarship program that the University of Denver has partnered with to help incoming students raise money for college. Unlike other scholarship programs, scholarships are awarded based on different achievements students have accomplished throughout high school or community college experience.

With this program, students don’t need to be star athletes or get straight A’s to receive a scholarship; awards students through academic benchmarks or extracurricular activity accomplishments. You can receive a scholarship by getting an A in any course or for being a leader in a sport at your school, you can raise up to $1,000, or $1,500. 

Although is an amazing option for funding your tuition, the program is designed with American high schoolers in mind. However, there are some high schools outside of the US that are qualified for this program. So, don’t be too discouraged as we encourage all of you to check out their website. Besides, unfortunately, private, third-party scholarships for international students are limited and competitive.

4. Gifts and endowed Scholarships

Every year, there are over 500 gift and endowed scholarships that are awarded to DU students based on academic departments on campus. Many of these scholarships are most typically awarded to students in their second, third, or fourth year at DU. It is also important to note that students looking to receive these scholarships must take some required courses for their declared major. The scholarship opens in February each year and students must submit the Departmental Scholarship application to be considered for the scholarship. You can check out the application by clicking here.

5. Getting a job on campus

While this isn’t a scholarship-related topic, you can earn money by working on campus. Our student employment program offers several job opportunities through many of the departments on campus, so, if you’re looking into working at a desk or in a research lab, or even for the theater department, we’re sure you’ll find a job offered! If you want to earn some money, we highly encourage you to consider getting a job. However, as an international student, there are some jobs that you cannot apply for. Since many of our departments receive funding from different sources, most from the government, some positions cannot be offered to international students as they are not qualified to receive governmental aid. However, we highly encourage you to 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.

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