The value of a Denison education is made available to students from all economic backgrounds. Our generous financial aid packages can include merit scholarships, grants, loans, and work-study opportunities that help make paying for college as affordable as possible

International students complete the Denison Certification of Finances one time when applying to Denison for admission.


Scholarships are 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.

Students are automatically considered for merit scholarships upon submitting your complete application for admission. Merit scholarships are awarded at the time of admission and can be combined with other forms of aid, including grants, loans, and work-study to meet financial need. Scholarship amounts vary and can range from $5,000 to full tuition and do not require repayment. If awarded a scholarship, recipients are encouraged to thank our alumni donors.

All of Denison’s merit scholarships and awards are given for four years (eight semesters). Merit scholarships require recipients to maintain a 2.0 GPA, unless otherwise stipulated in the donor agreement. The Offices of Financial Aid, Registrar, and Provost work together to track student eligibility and to notify students of their standing.

Students may seek funding from scholarships that are awarded outside Denison. Learn more about obtaining and reporting outside scholarships.


Grants are need-based awards that do not require repayment. Students may qualify for federal and state government grants. Additionally, Denison provides need-based grants to students as a part of our commitment to meet 100% of a student’s demonstrated need. Learn more about applying for financial aid.


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 private lenders, 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 the best loan and rates and help you understand your responsibilities for repayment. Learn more about loans.

On-Campus Student Employment

Student employment opportunities are available to all students. Once enrolled, current student employment listings are available through Handshake. Many students work at Denison in offices and departments across campus. These students learn skills and knowledge that help them move into their professions after graduation. Students are responsible for managing their student employment experience, from researching opportunities, applying, and interviewing.

Outside Scholarships & Funding

Students often bring outside funding from either being awarded scholarships external to Denison or through a parent’s employer-sponsored tuition benefit plan. These types of outside funding could impact a student’s financial aid package. Learn more about outside funding.

Veterans Education Benefits

Denison participates in the administration of Ch. 33 Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits from the US Department of Veterans Affairs. Eligible students should submit a copy of their VA Certificate of Eligibility to the Office of Financial Aid prior to enrollment. To obtain the certificate please visit the US Department of Veterans Affairs website.

Students eligible for 100% of the Ch. 33 Post 9/11 GI Bill benefit will also receive Yellow Ribbon. Denison is happy to partner with Yellow Ribbon to cover the remaining tuition charge not covered by the Ch. 33 Post 9/11 GI Bill.

Ch. 35 eligible students may also request enrollment certification for each term of enrollment by submitting a copy of their VA benefit eligibility status to the Office of Financial Aid.

Questions? Please contact one of Denison’s VA School Certifying Officials:

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
  • The Horizon Fund
    • The Horizon Fund was established in 2009 by 161 members of the Denison Class of 1959 as they celebrated their 50th anniversary reunion. The Fund is a permanent endowment to help support important opportunities for students. It is not the intent of the Horizon fund to provide grants that cover expenses associated with Denison coursework or senior projects but rather to support enrichment opportunities for the academic and/or co-curricular interests of students.

      Independent initiatives and creative projects are of particular interest to the governing Board. Applications for funding associated with academic and/or professional development conference registration and travel, service learning experiences, and field study will also be considered.

      For more information on The Horizon Fund and to apply, please visit: mydenison » campus resources » student development

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