Financial Aid for Returning Students
For financial aid information for incoming students, please visit Application Process For New Students.
FAFSA Federal Code: 003042
- Returning students should complete a Renewal Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov by April 1st.
- New applicants for need-based aid must complete the FAFSA by April 1st and designate Denison to receive the information by putting in our federal code of 003042. The 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).
- 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
- On the FAFSA, returning applicants will be asked "Have you ever been convicted for a drug offense that occurred while you were receiving federal financial aid?" Provided is information on how answering "yes" may impact your financial aid eligibility.
The financial aid file must be complete by June 15th to ensure that your financial aid will credit to the fall semester bill that is generated in early July.
Students wishing to receive financial aid for Off Campus Study must have their FAFSA filed before March 28th in order for the FAFSA data to be received by the April 1 deadline.
Any additional requested documents must be submitted to the Financial Aid Office by April 15th. If required documents are not received by the deadline, you will not be eligible to receive aid from Denison to attend your program.
Preliminary Electronic Award Notifications
Beginning in late April, preliminary financial aid award notifications, based on cumulative hours earned and GPA achieved after the fall semester, will be emailed to currently enrolled students who have complete need-based financial aid files. Preliminary awards are reviewed in late May after grades are final to determine your final award notification.
For a detailed explanation of your financial aid, visit Types of Need-Based Aid.
Final Electronic Award Notifications
Beginning in late May, after grades have been finalized, returning students who have complete financial aid files will receive their final award notifications electronically.
Included in the email notifications will be links to:
- Denison Self Service -- to view details about their awards and to get instructions for accepting/declining Federal Direct Subsidized and Unsubsidized Loans.
- Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy
- Student Employment -- Information for students receiving a work award.
To ensure that your financial aid awards can credit to the fall semester bill generated in July, students must have their financial aid file complete by June 15th.
If you wish to receive financial aid for an off-campus program, the Financial Aid Office must receive your FAFSA data by April 1st. Please remember that it takes three days for our office to receive your data, so submit your FAFSA before March 28th. Additional documents must be received by April 15th.
If requested documents are not received by that deadline, you will not be eligible to receive aid from Denison to attend your program.
Does Denison require the CSS profile?
No. Denison requires only the FAFSA.
Is there an appeal process if my family has extenuating circumstances that could not be filed on the FAFSA?
Yes, the student and parent(s) can write a letter concerning these circumstances. You may also submit with your letter a Request for Review Form, . The Financial Aid Office may request additional documentation of your letter.
Do I need to re-apply for need-based financial aid each year?
Yes, you must file the FAFSA each year. You and your parent(s) can file the FAFSA for upcoming academic year as early as January 1.
Am I required to report my outside scholarships to the Financial Aid Office?
Yes, if you received need-based financial aid.
How do outside scholarships impact my need-based aid award from Denison?
Outside scholarships usually help to meet the unmet federal need. If federal need has been met, the federal work award can be reduced and the Federal Direct Loan can be adjusted. If the student receives a merit scholarship and an outside tuition benefit, in combination, the two can not exceed the cost of Denison's tuition.
How many semesters can I receive Denison gift aid (Denison's merit scholarships and need-based grants)?
A student may only receive Denison gift aid (merit and grants) in the first eight (8) semesters of enrollment at Denison.
If I defer my admission to Denison for a year, what happens to my need-based financial aid package?
You would have to reapply for any need-based aid that you were awarded with no guarantee that the amount would equal the original need-based package.
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