Apply for Financial Aid

Despite having numerous programs available to Denver Seminary students, there are only a few steps required to apply for most types of financial aid.

Current Eligibility

Our financial aid programs are available to all masters-level students who also meet the requirements listed below. The federal student loan program is the only type of financial aid available to Doctor of Ministry and Certificate students. Institutional Grants & Scholarships are available to eligible students. Minimum credits, GPA, and other specific requirements can be found in the downloadable Scholarship Application.

Register for, and maintain, at least the minimum required amount of credit hours per semester:

  • Half-time: You must be registered for at least 5 credits per semester to maintain eligibility for federal loans, the Seminary Grant, and a small handful of institutional scholarships.

  • Full-time: You must be registered for at least 9 credits per semester to maintain eligibility for federal work study and most institutional scholarships (although a handful of the scholarships require a minimum of 12 credits per semester).

Maintain your cumulative GPA

All students must maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress. Be aware of your scholarship's specific requirements.

Award Letter

If you have been awarded a scholarship, its name can be found on your Award Letter as well as on your student account under "Pending Aid" (until it is actually disbursed, at which point it will become its own line item).

Applying for Grants & Scholarships

Note: International students can go straight to step 2 since the FAFSA is a federal application (financial need status will be determined through other aspects of the application process).

How do I apply?

  1. Complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

  2. Complete a Scholarship Application.

  3. Respond to your award offers through the Award Letter when it is emailed to you.

  4. Write a Thank You Letter for each accepted scholarship, grant & discount.

Application Deadlines

Priority is given to applications fully completed (including the FAFSA and having an 'accepted' status into a degree program) by the end of the business day (5:00pm MST) of April 1st for fall-starts, or November 1st for spring-starts (or the following business day if one of these days fall on a weekend). 

Applications submitted after the priority deadline will be reviewed by the Scholarship Committee the following applicable month (e.g. a fall-start application submitted before May 1st will be reviewed in May).  Results are always communicated via email ASAP and by the end of the applicable month at the very latest (e.g. an applicant that submitted a complete application by April 1st will be notified of results by April 30th).

Applying for Student Loans

Students in need for further financial aid can apply for student loans. These include federal loans, such as the Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan and the Federal Direct PLUS Loan, in addition to Alternative/Private Loans and International Student Loans.

How do I apply?

For a full list of available student loans with details and application steps, please visit the student loan application page.

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