Types of Aid
You might be surprised to learn that Denison’s financial aid packages are more generous than what many public universities can offer. Each year, we make a private four-year college education affordable for hundreds of students and their families. Through a combination of institutional grant aid funded by Denison, federal and state grant aid, work study, and manageable loans, we commit to providing financial aid packages that meet 100% of demonstrated financial need for all U.S. citizens and permanent residents. Separately, merit-based scholarships are available to reward excellence and help make a Denison education affordable.
Merit Scholarships *
Denison annually offers more than 1000 academic scholarships for first year students. If you wish to be considered for one of these, be sure to submit a completed admissions application by January 15, unless otherwise noted. All of Denison's academic scholarships and awards are given for four years by maintaining the award's stipulated grade point average.
|Wells Scholarship in the Sciences||$46,000||Based on superior academic achievement, outstanding leadership and personal merit. These awards require the student to be nominated by the admissions committee.|
|Dunbar Scholarship in the Humanities||$46,000||Based on superior academic achievement, outstanding leadership and personal merit. These awards require the student to be nominated by the admissions committee.|
|Mary Carr Endowed Scholarship||$46,000||Based on superior academic achievement, outstanding leadership and personal merit. These awards require the student to be nominated by the admissions committee. No separate application necessary.|
|Dr. Betty Lovelace Scholarship||$46,000||Based on superior academic achievement, outstanding leadership and personal merit, and to recognize Denison's ongoing commitment to diversify the community. These awards require the student to be nominated by the admissions committee.|
|Dr. Desmond Hamlet Scholarship||$46,000||Based on superior academic achievement, outstanding leadership and personal merit, and to recognize Denison's ongoing commitment to diversify the community. These awards require the student to be nominated by the admissions committee.|
|Battelle*||$46,000||*Restricted to central Ohio students.|
|Founders||$24,000||Based on academic achievement, leadership and personal merit.|
|Bob and Nancy Good||$24,000||Based on academic achievement, leadership and personal merit, and to recognize Denison's ongoing commitment to diversify the community.|
|Tyree/Parajon Scholarship||$24,000||Based on academic achievement, leadership and personal merit, and to recognize Denison's ongoing commitment to diversify the community.|
|HLA/Fisher Scholarship||$20,000||Based on academic achievement, leadership and personal merit, and to recognize Denison's ongoing commitment to diversify the community.|
|Alumni Awards||$16,000 and $20,000||Based on academic achievement, leadership and personal merit.|
|Park National Bank*||$24,000||*Restricted to central Ohio students.|
|I Know I Can||$2,000||Offered to one graduate of each of the 16 Columbus Public High Schools.|
|Upward Bound||$24,000||Upward Bound Program Members|
|The John W. Alford Ohio Service Scholarship||$31,000||Based on academic achievement, and to recognize Ohio students who have demonstrated significant accomplishments in community service.|
Additional Information about these awards is available from the Admissions Office in the brochure “Financial Aid and Academic Scholarships”.
For more detailed information regarding merit scholarships, please contact the Admissions Office at 1-800-DENISON or (740) 587-6279.
Austin E. Knowlton Scholarship
Recently the trustees of the Austin E. Knowlton Foundation established the Austin E. Knowlton Scholarship at Denison University for the accepted applicants with the following qualifications:
- First preference shall be given to students from Ohio.
- Interested in majoring in mathematics or the sciences.
Scholarship process and amount:
- There is no separate scholarship process. Candidates meeting the above criteria are automatically considered when they are accepted to the College.
- An award up to $5000 is available, regardless of financial need.
- The Austin E. Knowlton award is in addition to other academic merit scholarships and awards provided by the College.
- All Knowlton Scholarships are renewable annually.
- Consistent with Denison financial aid policy, the Knowlton Scholarship combined with any additional Denison merit scholarship may not exceed full tuition.
About The Austin E. Knowlton Foundation
The Austin E. Knowlton Foundation was created by Austin “Dutch” Knowlton (1909-2003), in 1981 “to promote and advance higher education in the United States, and to provide direct grants and contributions to qualified colleges and universities.” Mr. Knowlton grew up in Bellefontaine, OH in Logan County and studied architecture at The Ohio State University after which he joined his father’s construction company. In addition to the more than 600 major construction projects throughout Ohio and the Midwest–including school buildings,hospitals and libraries — the Knowlton construction company built Riverfront stadium in Cincinnati. Mr. Knowlton was a minor owner of the Reds went on to become a co-founder of the Cincinnati Bengals.
* Available only to first-year students
Federal Pell Grant
A Federal Pell Grant, unlike a loan, does not have to be repaid. Federal Pell Grants usually are awarded only to undergraduate students who have not earned a bachelor's or a professional degree.
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Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)
A Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) is a grant for undergraduate students with exceptional financial need.
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Ohio College Opportunity Grant (OCOG)
This need-based, state of Ohio grant, is determined by the FAFSA and the state of Ohio. Award amounts are determined by the state of Ohio and a student’s enrollment status. The student and/parent must have lived in Ohio for at least 12 months.
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This grant is awarded by Denison and is based on financial need. Amounts are determined on a yearly basis. Students must be enrolled full-time (12 or more hours) to receive this grant.
This need-based grant is awarded by Denison to help defray a portion of book costs. Funds are electronically transferred from the student's account to their Denison Dollars account each semester. Students' actual book costs may exceed this amount.
Federal Direct Subsidized and Unsubsidized Loans
Subsidized and unsubsidized loans are federal student loans for eligible students to help cover the cost of higher education at a four-year college or university, community college, or trade, career, or technical school.
Federal Perkins Loans
Loans made through the Federal Perkins Loan Program, often called Perkins Loans, are low-interest federal student loans for undergraduate and graduate students with exceptional financial need.
Federal Parent PLUS Loan
PLUS loans are federal loans that graduate or professional degree students and parents of dependent undergraduate students can use to help pay education expenses.
Private/Alternative Student Loans
These loans are nonfederal loans, made by a lender such as a bank, credit union, state agency, or a school. Private loans are in the student's name and a cosigner is usually required. Students have many choices of lenders and may apply for these loans via their lending institution’s website or loan application. The lender will perform a credit check and will require a school certification. Loan decisions can take up to 4-8 weeks. Loan amounts are limited to the total school’s yearly Cost of Attendance minus any other aid the student receives for the academic year.
Students should always apply for all scholarships, grants, work-study and federal loan programs offered by Denison before borrowing an alternative loan program and should only be used when all options are exhausted.
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Denison Scholar Loan
Denison institutional loan program made possible by generous donations to the university from alumni. Denison Scholar Loans are limited and are made at the discretion of the Financial Aid Office. Student must have a FAFSA on file to be considered.
Denison Scholar Loans are subsidized, meaning no interest accrues while the student is enrolled. These loans have an interest rate of 6%, a 10 year repayment plan and has a 9 month grace period after a student graduates or ceases to be enrolled. Loans may be pre-paid without penalty.
Work-Study Awards are intended to help students earn income to help meet some of your educational costs. There are two types of Work Study Awards:
Need-based work awards funded by the U.S. department of Education or Denison. For more information, visit the Department of Education’s website on Federal Work-Study (redirect to )
Non-Federal Work Study
Non need-based, work awards awarded through Denison.
Students interested in student employment will be able to search for a campus job through the Student Jobs channel located on MyDenison in late summer. Work study jobs average about 10 hours per week for at least minimum wage. Work-Study earnings are paid directly to students for hours worked; it is not applied to a student’s account or tuition bill. This job opportunity is an option; students are not required to work.