Applying for Financial Aid

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Top 10 College for Financial Aid

- Princeton Review

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 »

Financial Aid Deadlines

Prospective Students

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

Returning Students

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

Scholarships (merit-based)

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.

Award Letters

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.

More information about Award Letters & Next Steps

Still have questions? Check out our Financial Aid FAQ

Learn more about financial aid by visiting Your Finances.


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