Types of Scholarships & Aid

Made available to students from all economic backgrounds

The value of a Denison education is made available to students from all economic backgrounds through generous financial aid packages from the university, which include Denison scholarships and Denison grants, as well as federal and state grants. Funds from each of these programs do not have to be repaid.

In addition to your scholarships and grants, many students use a combination of federal loans, private loans and a limited number of loans from a special Denison fund to finance their education. Loans are to be repaid. Denison works diligently to put together the best possible financial aid packages for its students — and our extremely low default rate of less than 2% is proof that our students are thriving in their professions and able to repay the loans they take.

Your completed FAFSA application (which needs to be filled out each year that you are enrolled at Denison) and CSS profile are your automatic application for the need- and merit-based scholarships and grant that you qualify for.

Scholarships

Scholarships have been funded through loyal Denison alumni and friends as a means of recognizing the special part that the university, professors and friends have played in their lives and success. The scholarships often are named for these alumni or their loved ones. Scholarship recipients are encouraged to thank our alumni donors each year.

Grants

Grants are gifts from federal and state governments that support the education of students. Denison University also provides grants based on financial need, as well as grants to the Denison bookstore to help defray the cost of books and supplies.

Loans

Students and their families often take out loans to help cover the costs of education. Loans are available through the federal government at a low cost. Loans also are available through financial institutions, and from a special fund provided by Denison alumni. If loans are necessary to fund your education, Denison’s financial aid team will work with you to secure you the best loans and rates and help you understand your responsibilities for repayment.

Work Study

Many students work at Denison in offices and departments across campus. These students earn above minimum wage as they learn skills and knowledge that help them move into their professions after graduation. Work study positions are not assigned. Students are responsible to seek out their own employment.

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:

Additional Grants & Funding Sources

Through the generous contributions of alumni, Denison is able to offer financial support for students, including grants, for a variety of both on- and off-campus experiences and needs.

  • Career & Grad School
  • Academic
  • Off-Campus Study for Credit
  • Off-Campus Non-Credit Experiences

For more information, students, staff and faculty may log in to MyDenison and search for Grants & Funding Sources