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Master's/Certificate Financial Aid

To be eligible for financial aid, graduate certificate and master's students must be enrolled in a minimum of four credit hours per quarter. Non-degree students are not eligible for financial aid.

Financing your college education can be a challenge, so University College is here to guide you through the process. Get the most out of your DU experience by taking advantage of financial aid options. Visit the Financial Aid office, which has specific information for graduate aid at University College. You can review the types of financial aid available and learn how to apply.

Financial Aid Quick Steps

For detailed information on applying for financial aid, please visit the Office of Financial Aid.

1. Apply for admission.
2. Apply for a US Department of Education PIN.
3. Complete the FAFSA.
4. Accept your financial aid award on webCentral.
5. Complete the Entrance Counseling and promissory note at www.studentloans.gov using the same PIN as the FAFSA.
6. The Office of Financial Aid will contact students for additional documentation and/or information if required (such as Institutional Verification form, or tax returns.)

Bachelor's Financial Aid

To be eligible for financial aid, undergraduate students must be enrolled in a minimum of eight credit hours per quarter. Non-degree students are not eligible for financial aid.

We know that financing your college education can be daunting, and we're here to guide you through the process so you can focus on getting the most from your experience at DU. Visit the Financial Aid office, which has specific information for undergraduate aid at University College. You can review the types of aid available and learn how to apply for aid.

Bachelor of Arts Completion Scholarships

University College offers both institutional and donor-funded scholarships for new and continuing students based on academic merit, financial need, and other criteria. Scholarship applications are accepted on an ongoing basis and are considered individually for scholarship eligibility. All students who apply for admission to the University College Bachelor of Arts Completion Program (BACP) are eligible for consideration. To apply for a scholarship the BACP Common Scholarship Application should be submitted and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the current academic year completed.


  • Complete the Bachelor of Arts Completion Program Admission Application and/or be enrolled as a degree-seeking BACP student
  • Complete this BACP Common Scholarship Application in its entirety
  • Submit a 1-2 page personal statement
  • Apply for a US Department of Education PIN at www.pin.ed.gov
  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form found at www.fafsa.ed.gov. The school code for DU is 001371
Deadlines for scholarship consideration:
Enrollment date Scholarship Application Deadline
Fall Quarter 2014 July 18, 2014
Winter Quarter 2015 October 24, 2014
Spring Quarter 2015 January 30, 2015

BACP Dean's Opportunity Scholarship

All students who are fully admitted to the Bachelor of Arts Completion Program (BACP) are eligible for scholarship consideration for the Dean's Opportunity Scholarship, which is a partial tuition scholarship that helps students offset some of the expense of a college education. Academic merit and financial need are elements considered in the selection process. Scholarship recipients are responsible for any other fees and books, as well as the remainder of the tuition of BACP courses. The BACP Dean's Opportunity Scholarship may follow students through graduation.

BACP Scholarship requirements

  • Enroll in classes the quarter the scholarship is awarded
  • Register for a minimum of two classes (8 quarter hours) per quarter
  • Attend classes a minimum of three of four quarters each academic year beginning with the quarter the scholarship is awarded
  • Demonstrate significant academic progress and maintain a University College GPA of 3.0

To apply,

  1. 1. Complete the BACP Common Scholarship Application
  2. 2. Submit a 1-2 page personal statement (typed and double spaced) that addresses the following:
    • Your interest in your chosen field and how you will use your degree
    • How a scholarship will assist you in attaining your goals
    • What makes you an outstanding candidate for scholarship consideration
    • Any special circumstances that are not reflected in your FAFSA that you would like the Scholarship Committee to consider

BACP Colorado Community College Success Scholarship

The BACP Colorado Community College Success Scholarship is specifically for students who began their educational journey at a Colorado community college and are looking to complete their bachelor's degree at University College. At University College, we recognize the pursuit of education as a worthwhile and challenging experience, and we want to reward students who are dedicated to taking on academic endeavors at all levels. The Colorado Community College Success scholarship is a partial tuition scholarship that helps students offset some of the expense of a college education. Academic merit and financial need are elements considered in the selection process. Scholarship recipients are responsible for any other fees and books, as well as the remainder of the tuition of BACP courses The BACP Colorado Community College Success Scholarship may follow students through graduation.

BACP Colorado Community College Success Scholarship requirements:

  • Prior attendance at a Colorado community college
  • Enroll in classes the quarter the scholarship is awarded
  • Register for a minimum of two classes (8 quarter hours) per quarter
  • Attend classes a minimum of three of four quarters each academic year beginning with the quarter the scholarship is awarded
  • Demonstrate significant academic progress and maintain a University College GPA of 3.0

To apply,

  1. 1. Complete the BACP Common Scholarship Application
  2. 2. Submit a 1-2 page personal statement (typed and double spaced) that addresses the following:
    • Your interest in your chosen field and how you will use your degree
    • How a scholarship will assist you in attaining your goals
    • What makes you an outstanding candidate for scholarship consideration
    • Any special circumstances that are not reflected in your FAFSA that you would like the Scholarship Committee to consider

Daniels Fund Boundless Opportunity Scholarship

The Boundless Opportunity Scholarship honors and supports non-traditional students who recognize the power an education has to create a better life for themselves and their families. It is intended for highly-motivated students seeking the next level of achievement in their lives, regardless of their life path. The scholarship is need-based and targets specific candidates including adult learners and returning military. All Boundless Opportunity Scholarship recipients are required to complete an online survey providing information on career and academic goals and how they will be achieved. This information helps the Daniels Fund evaluate the success of the program and its graduates. The duration of the Boundless Opportunity Scholarship is limited to two years.

Boundless Opportunity Scholarship recipient requirements:

  • Complete the Daniels Fund online survey (link to survey will be provided in scholarship acceptance letter)
  • Write a "Thank You" to the Daniels Fund
  • Enroll in classes the quarter the scholarship is awarded
  • Register for a minimum of two classes (8 quarter hours) per quarter
  • Attend classes a minimum of three of four quarters each academic year beginning with the quarter the scholarship is awarded
  • Demonstrate significant academic progress and maintain a University College GPA of 3.0

To apply,

  1. 1. Complete the BACP Common Scholarship Application
  2. 2. Submit a 1-2 page personal statement (typed and double spaced) that addresses the following:
    • Your interest in your chosen field and how you will use your degree
    • How a scholarship will assist you in attaining your goals
    • What makes you an outstanding candidate for scholarship consideration
    • Any special circumstances that are not reflected in your FAFSA that you would like the Scholarship Committee to consider

BACP Upsilon Delta Scholarship

University College is part of Alpha Sigma Lambda, a 60+ year national honor society that aims to recognize the achievements of adults who accomplish academic excellence while facing competing interests of home and work. The University College chapter is Upsilon Delta. Call the Student Financial Advisor at University College at 303-871-3945 to learn what scholarships are available while you are in school. To become a member of Upsilon Delta you will need 45 credit hours of University College classes and a GPA of 3.75.

Some benefits of joining Upsilon Delta are:

  • No dues
  • Improve your resume
  • Earn recognition of your achievements
  • Connect with other chapter members around the US

If you have questions or need assistance with the process, contact our advisor at 303-871-6148.

Workforce Investment Act

The Workforce Investment Act (WIA) provides funding to unemployed Coloradans seeking higher education through a WIA approved program. To view a list of currently approved University College programs, please visit the WIA website. If the program you are interested in is not listed, please contact Tina Miller at cmiller@du.edu. Colorado provides a Priority of Service for military veterans and eligible spouses who are seeking employment or job training services. To begin the approval process, please contact your local employment office early.

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