Aid for Off-Campus Study
Life-changing off-campus study program
Denison wants to make the opportunity for a life-changing off-campus study program available to each and every student — regardless of economic resources. Below you will find some of the most frequently asked questions about financial aid and the Off Campus Study program.
Denison merit awards are NOT available for off-campus study programs except Denison’s Oak Ridge and Giessen programs. Denison need-based institutional grant aid is available for one semester of off-campus study for U.S. citizens, resident aliens and international students who qualify. The institutional grant aid for off-campus study is capped at an amount determined annually. Check with the Office of Financial Aid for that number.
Eligible Need-Based Aid
The following list shows the types of need-based aid that can be used for Off-Campus Study, with eligibility determined by provided FAFSA data.
- Denison Grant (up to capped amount)
- Federal Direct Student Loan
- Federal Pell Grant
- State Grants
- Denison Merit Scholarships
- DU Bookstore Grant
- Federal Work-Study
- GLCA Tuition Benefits
- Departmental Scholarships
Students receiving tuition remission from non-GLCA schools should check with appropriate officials at the college providing the tuition benefit to determine which fees and the off-campus program may be covered by tuition remission.
Denison University tuition remission does not pay fees for abroad/off-campus programs with the exception of the Denison-sponsored Oak Ridge program and the Giessen Exchange Program.
The Office of Financial Aid must receive your FAFSA data by April 1.
You may not take any Denison merit-based scholarship to off-campus programs. However, if you demonstrate eligibility for need-based financial aid, the resources described in question #1 may be available to you.
No, we do not offer financial aid for summer programs. For other possible funding options, contact the Office of Financial Aid.
Steps for receiving aid for an off-campus study program:
- Apply for the program with the Off-Campus Study Office by the stated deadline, generally before Thanksgiving Break.
- The Off-Campus Study Office will notify the Office of Financial Aid of your approval.
- When you get a bill from the program, send a copy of the bill to student accounts so they may send your available funds to the program.
- If you are filing for need-based aid, you must file the FAFSA by March 28.
- The Office of Financial Aid will establish a consortium agreement (formal contract) with your program to receive required information to determine eligibility for need-based aid.
- If you have never filed for need-based aid, you can file the FAFSA to see if you qualify for sources of need-based aid that can be used for off-campus study.
- If your file is complete, the Office of Financial Aid will package your need-based aid for the academic year when grades are final. The Office of Financial Aid will make appropriate adjustments in the financial aid award and send you an award notification.
- All students who have completed a FAFSA must also complete an Off-Campus Need-Based Financial Aid Agreement Form before any financial aid will disburse.
- If the financial aid award includes a Federal Direct Loan or Denison Scholar Loan, and you would like to accept these funds, you will need to sign a promissory note.
Advance program deposits are required by all programs and must be paid directly to the program by the family. These must come from personal funds because they are a guarantee of your commitment to participate and are non-refundable should you not attend the program.
An Administrative Off-Campus Fee will be billed to you by Denison. If you decide to go off campus for a full year to the same program then you will be charged an additional administrative fee for the spring semester. GLCA sponsored programs, as well as the affiliated Advanced Studies in England Program, charge Denison. These charges will be reflected on your Denison semester statement. All other programs will bill you directly upon receipt of your enrollment deposit.