Apply for Financial Aid

Application Process for New Students

FAFSA Federal Code: 003042

  1. Applicant and one of the parents must obtain a federally assigned PIN number at http://www.pin.ed.gov to satisfy the signature requirements for the FAFSA. Applicants who are independent for federal aid, based on federally defined criteria, do not have to submit parental information or have a parental signature on the FAFSA.
  2. File the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov and designate Denison to receive the information by putting in our federal code of 003042.
  3. Prospective students are encouraged to complete their FAFSA by February 15th to ensure receipt of a tentative need based award prior to April 1st.
  4. Families with financial circumstances that cannot be submitted on the FAFSA are encouraged to submit a signed letter of explanation to the Financial Aid Office.
Prospective Students for Early Decision 

Denison University will provide an estimated need based financial aid package for Early Decision Applicants who are accepted. To get an estimated need based financial aid award letter, an applicant must indicate that he or she intends to apply for financial aid on the application for admission. If you would like to apply for need-based financial aid, please submit the Denison Early Decision Financial Aid Application. If you have questions about the need-based financial aid process, fell free to contact the Denison Financial Aid Office at 1-800-DENISON or finaid@denison.edu.

To estimate your out-of-pocket costs, use this Estimated Cost Worksheet [lsx].

Students who accept the need based offer and enroll are required to follow the steps below to ensure that the aid awards are finalized and disbursed to their University account:

  1. After January 1, file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at www.fafsa.ed.gov and designate Denison to receive the information by putting in our federal code of 003042.
  2. Transfer federal tax data filed by the parent(s) and student to the FAFSA on the Web (FOTW) by using the IRS Data Retrieval process.
  3. If you are unable to use the IRS Data Retrieval Process, you must submit an IRS Tax Transcript for the federal tax data of the parent(s) and student.
  4. Provide to the Financial Aid Office any requested verification documentation.
  5. Provide a copy of the final high school transcript or other official documents certifying graduation from high school.
Frequently Asked Questions

More questions? Please e-mail us at finaid@denison.edu.