Types of Scholarships & Aid
Made Available to Students From All Economic Backgrounds
The value of a Denison education is made available to students from all economic backgrounds through generous financial aid packages from the university, which include Denison scholarships and Denison grants, as well as federal and state grants. Funds from each of these programs do not have to be repaid.
In addition to your scholarships and grants, many students use a combination of federal loans, private loans and a limited number of loans from a special Denison fund to finance their education. Loans are to be repaid. Denison works diligently to put together the best possible financial aid packages for its students — and our extremely low default rate of less than 2% is proof that our students are thriving in their professions and able to repay the loans they take.
For domestic students, your completed FAFSA application (which needs to be filled out each year that you are enrolled at Denison) and CSS Profile comprise your application for need-based financial aid. International students complete the Denison Certification of Finances one time when applying to Denison for admission.
Scholarships have been 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. The scholarships often are named for these alumni or their loved ones. Scholarship recipients are encouraged to thank our alumni donors each year.
Denison annually offers several merit scholarships to first-year students, and scholarships generally range from $5,000 to full tuition. Students who wish to be considered for merit-based scholarships must submit a completed application for admission by the deadline for their chosen admission round, unless otherwise noted.
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.
|Alumni Awards||Based on superior academic achievement.|
|American Home Foundation Scholarship||Based on superior academic achievement in central Ohio and exceptional promise in the STEM fields.|
|Arts Scholarships||Based on exceptional talent in the performing or fine arts and academic achievement. There are additional elements required to be considered for an arts scholarship. Read more about how to apply for an arts scholarship.|
|Austin E. Knowlton Scholarship||Based on superior academic achievement in Ohio and exceptional promise in the STEM fields.|
|Canning Scholarship||Based on exceptional promise at a Big Shoulders Fund partner school.|
|Carl Jakust Memorial Scholarship||Based on demonstrated financial need and superior academic and extracurricular achievement at Cass Technical High School (Detroit).|
|Dr. Betty Lovelace Scholarship||Based on superior academic achievement, outstanding leadership and personal merit, and to recognize Denison’s ongoing commitment to diversity within the Denison community.|
|Dr. Desmond Hamlet Scholarship||Based on superior academic achievement, outstanding leadership and personal merit, and to recognize Denison’s ongoing commitment to diversity within the Denison community.|
|Michele Myers Fellowship in the Arts||Based on superior academic achievement and demonstrated talent in visual art, performing art, or creative writing.|
|Reese Scholars||Based on superior academic achievement and financial need, to eliminate the student loan expectation in selected students’ financial aid packages.|
|Silverstein Scholars||Based on superior academic achievement and financial need, to eliminate the student loan expectation in selected students’ financial aid packages.|
|S-Stem Scholarship||Based on exceptional academic achievement and financial need in STEM fields. Read more about S-Stem.|
Grants are gifts that support the education of students. 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.
For More information on the Federal Pell Grant ↪
For more information on the Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG) ↪
For more information on the Ohio College Opportunity Grant (OCOG) ↪
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 financial institutions, 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 you the best loans and rates and help you understand your responsibilities for repayment.
Subsidized and unsubsidized loans are federal student loans for eligible students to help cover the cost of higher education at a four-year college or university, community college, or trade, career, or technical school.
PLUS loans are federal loans that graduate or professional degree students and parents of dependent undergraduate students can use to help pay education expenses.
These loans are nonfederal loans, made by a lender such as a bank, credit union, state agency, or a school. Private loans are in the student’s name and a cosigner is usually required. Students have many choices of lenders and may apply for these loans via their lending institution’s website or loan application. The lender will perform a credit check and will require a school certification. Loan decisions can take up to 4-8 weeks. Loan amounts are limited to the total school’s yearly Cost of Attendance minus any other aid the student receives for the academic year.
Students should always apply for all scholarships, grants, work-study and federal loan programs offered by Denison before borrowing from an alternative loan program and should only be used when all options are exhausted.
For more information about federal loans versus private loans ↪
Denison institutional loan program is made possible by generous donations to the university from alumni. Denison Scholar Loans are limited and are made at the discretion of the Office of Financial Aid. The student must have a FAFSA on file to be considered.
Denison Scholar Loans are subsidized, meaning no interest accrues while the student is enrolled. These loans have an interest rate of 6%, a 10 year repayment plan, and has a 9 month grace period after a student graduates or ceases to be enrolled. Loans may be pre-paid without penalty.
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.
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
- 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