Applying for Financial Aid
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Denison works to be affordable for all students. We meet 100% of demonstrated need.
Affording college is sometimes the first consideration for a family and sometimes it’s the last, but it’s an important part of the college decision regardless.
Denison is committed to making its exceptional education affordable for all students. It is one of very few colleges nationwide that meets 100% of students’ demonstrated financial need. Each year, thanks to loyal and generous alumni donations, Denison awards millions of dollars in need-based financial aid and merit-based scholarships.
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Please keep in mind that applicants who do not apply for need-based financial aid during the admission process will not be able to apply for need-based financial aid later as a student at Denison.
Applying for Financial Aid
We know that the college admission and financial aid application processes can be daunting, but we are committed to make this process as easy (and painless) as possible. Simply follow the 4 steps below and know that we are here to help you along the way!
For international students, the financial aid process is a little different. Learn More »
When you apply for admission to Denison, check the box that says that you intend to apply for financial aid.
- The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) does not require an application fee and is made available on October 1 for the upcoming academic year.
- Use the code 003042 to designate Denison University.
- Prior to completing the FAFSA form, prospective students and one of their parents must obtain a Federal Student Aid ID (FSA ID). This can be done at the FSA ID site. Please retain this information as you will need it each year you attend Denison.
- After you file your FAFSA, you will receive a Student Aid Report from the Department of Education that summarizes your FAFSA information.
- The FAFSA needs to be completed each year a student is enrolled at Denison.
Applicants who are considered independent for federal aid, based on federally defined criteria, do not have to submit parental information or have a parental signature on the FAFSA.
- The College Scholarship Service (CSS) Profile charges a $25 fee for the first school and $16 for each additional school. For families with an AGI of $100,000 dollars or less, there is no cost.
- Use the code 1164 to designate Denison University.
- If your parents are divorced/separated/never married, etc., each of your parents will complete their own CSS Profile. You and your custodial parent will complete your CSS Profile using your College Board account/log-in credentials. In addition, your noncustodial parent will need to create a College Board account if they don’t currently have one (the noncustodial parent should not use the student’s College Board account).
- The CSS Profile only needs to be completed once: at the time the student is applying to Denison.
- Students and parents are required to upload income tax returns to Denison through IDOC — a College Board service that securely collects family financial documents and distributes them to institutions on behalf of the student. This includes personal returns, corporate and/or partnership returns (for business owners), and all necessary schedules and pages.
- For most families, commonly required items include W-2 forms, 1099 forms, forms 1040 and/or 1041, and schedules A, C, E, and/or F. All documents should be sent individually through IDOC to prevent delays in processing or document rejection. For security purposes, earnings statements and tax documents will only be accepted through IDOC. Please do not mail, email, or fax tax these documents to Denison. There is no cost to use IDOC.
- We strongly encourage all eligible families to utilize the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) when submitting the FAFSA. Those who use the DRT will NOT be required to submit tax documents, including forms 1040 and/or 1041 and schedules. Earnings statements are not part of the DRT process and will still be required.
Financial Aid Deadlines
The deadlines for financial aid are the same as admission application deadlines. A student applying for financial aid must complete their FAFSA and CSS Profile by the following dates:
- Early Decision 1: November 15
- Early Decision 2: January 15
- Regular Decision: January 15
The FAFSA form must be resubmitted each year that you are enrolled at Denison. Returning students must complete a renewal FAFSA online by April 1 of each academic year for aid in the following academic year. Failure to submit a renewal FAFSA by April 1 will jeopardize financial aid eligibility at Denison.
Types of Financial Aid
All students who submit an application for admission are considered for merit-based scholarships, which range from $5,000 per year to full tuition. Review our comprehensive list of merit scholarships.
Financial Aid (need-based)
You’ve read it on this page 3 times already, but Denison meets 100% of demonstrated financial need! We are committed to making Denison affordable for ALL of our admitted students. Denison will determine your financial need from both the FAFSA and CSS Profile information. At Denison, need-based aid is offered through a variety of grants and loans. Learn more about types of need-based aid.
Financial aid packages are awarded at the time of admission.
An award letter, containing information about scholarships, grants, and offered loans, will be first sent to admitted students in their admitted student packet in addition to being available in the student’s applicant portal.
Returning students are notified via email that their award details for the next academic year are available in their My Financial Aid portals through MyDenison. The parent listed on the FAFSA also receives an email notification. These notifications start in March and continue as FAFSA forms are received.
Still have questions? Check out our Financial Aid FAQ