University of Delaware

Finance your degree

College is an investment in both time and money. At the University of Delaware, we guarantee you an excellent education at a great value. We work hard to keep our tuition affordable while maintaining the highest of academic standards. The University of Delaware is annually recognized as one of the best values in higher education for our academic quality and cost.


All students that apply for freshman admission to the University of Delaware by January 15 are automatically considered for scholarships. The Admission Committee considers a number of factors when evaluating applicants for merit awards. Unless requested, students do not need to complete an additional form, other than the Common Application.

The University of Delaware awards academic scholarships to a high number of incoming freshmen. And approximately 100 Distinguished Scholars, our most prestigious awards, are named each year.

In addition, students interested in our Art, Apparel Design and Music majors must submit a portfolio or audition, respectively, to be considered for admission and scholarships awards.

Need-Based Aid

Universities typically distinguish between aid based on demonstrated financial need and aid based solely on academic ability or special talents without regard to financial need. Aid based on financial need, as demonstrated by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) that the student files, is "need-based aid."

To apply for need-based aid, file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible after January 1. Use the institutional code for the University of Delaware: 001431. We strongly recommend filing the FAFSA by February 15, especially for students who want a timely notification of the financial aid award. A new FAFSA must be filed for each subsequent year.

Loan and Grant definitions are available through the Student Financial Services website.

Please note that Federal financial assistance is available only to U.S. citizens and Permanent Residents. The University does consider international students for merit scholarships.