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Financing 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.

Applying for financial aid is one of the most misunderstood—yet important— parts of the college admission process.

How do I apply for financial aid?

When should I complete the FAFSA?

File the FAFSA by January 15 for to ensure timely notification of your financial aid package. The federal government awards roughly $150 billion annually to college students through need-based grants, loans, and work-study funds. In addition to determining your eligibility for federal student aid, the University of Delaware uses the FAFSA when distributing grants. Check with your individual state about filing deadlines as state funding is limited in some instances and may have separate deadlines. 

When will I learn my financial eligibility?

The University of Delaware will notify students of merit scholarships approximately two weeks after their admission decision is released. Full financial aid awards, including eligibility for need-based grants and loans, will begin being available to admitted students starting late January. If you are admitted after January, you will receive your financial aid package approximately two weeks after your admission decision is released as long as your FAFSA is on file at time of admission.

Remember: Completing the FAFSA is essential for securing most types of financial aid for college. In addition to federal grants and loans, the University of Delaware and various states and scholarship programs use the form to assess eligibility for their aid programs.

TUITION AND FEES

  Delaware Residents Out-of-State Residents
Tuition $11,540 $30,960
Room (standard double) $7,316 $7,316
Board $4,752 $4,752
Health Services Fee $454 $454
Comprehensive Student Fee $598 $598
Student Center Fee $238 $238
Total $24,898 $44,318
*New rates are released every July. Optional Winter & Summer Sessions are charged separately. Actual rates for room vary for different housing arrangements. Amount shown is standard rate for first-year double room.

Scholarships for Prospective First-Time Undergraduate Students

Our aim is to make a UD education affordable to all qualified residents of our state. Under our Commitment to Delawarean's Program we pledge to ensure financial aid is available to meet the full demonstrated financial need — up to the cost of in-state tuition, fees, a stipend for books, and on-campus room and board — of all Delawareans who file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by the deadline. Understanding how important it is to leave college with as little debt as possible, our goal is that no student will have loans in excess of 25% of the cost of a 4-year education.

This means a qualified student can attend the University with the assurance that their family will not be asked to contribute more than their Expected Family Contribution (EFC) as determined by the FAFSA. While students are asked to invest in their education by borrowing 25% of costs in loans each year (or pay if they decline to borrow). Our goal is to ensure that students graduate with debt that is manageable and the earning potential from their bachelor's degree far outweighs, over time, what they are responsible to pay back. The University commits grants and scholarships, as listed below, will be made available to cover their remaining financial need.

For an individualized estimate of the financial aid you may expect from the University, please refer to our Net Price Calculator. 

Net Price Calculator

 

Merit Scholarships

Academic (Merit) Scholarship

Typical Amount Awarded*

General Criteria**

Renewability

UD Trustee Scholarship $4,000-$6,000 Per Year Awarded to students whose personal talents distinguish them within the pool of admitted applicants. Students will have very competitive academic credentials of around 1500 combined SAT or ACT Composite Score of 33 and 4.0 grade-point average. These scholarships are renewable as long as students continue to meet a 3.0 GPA and earn 12 credits each semester. See here for additional scholarship terms and conditions.
UD Presidential Scholarship $2,500 Per Year Awarded to students with academically talented qualifications of around a 1400 combined SAT or ACT Composite Score of 30 and 3.75 grade-point average.  These scholarships are renewable as long as students continue to meet a 3.0 GPA and earn 12 credits each semester. See here for additional scholarship terms and conditions.
UD Provost Scholarship $1,000 Per Year Awarded to students with an exemplary academic record of around a 1350 combined SAT or ACT Composite Score of 29 and 3.5 grade-point average.  These scholarships are renewable as long as students continue to meet a 3.0 GPA and earn 12 credits each semester. See here for additional scholarship terms and conditions.
*Delaware residents who attend Delaware high schools have the option of deciding whether or not to submit test scores.  While students who do not submit test scores are eligible for merit consideration, the formula is based on a recalculated grade point average that will occur in the review process by Admissions. 
**The general criteria reflects the new SAT scoring. If you took the SAT prior to March 1, 2016, use the SAT Score Converter to determine your new SAT Score that correlates to the above general criteria.

Above is a list of Academic (Merit) Scholarships available at UD that will be offered approximately 2 weeks after being admitted to the University.

Distinguished Scholar Awards

In addition to the above Merit scholarships, the University of Delaware offers a very competitive scholarship program to our students enrolled in our Honors Program. Awards range from $7,000 to full-tuition scholarships, including a limited number of Eugene du Pont Memorial Scholarships that fund Tuition, Fees, Room, and Board, plus a $2,500 Enrichment Grant for approved educational uses such as Study Abroad. In January each year the Admissions Office will reach out to those students eligible to compete for these Distinguished Scholar Awards.

Endowments (Donor Scholarships)

The University has some endowments made available to students on behalf of our generous alumni and donors. These awards often have specific criteria (e.g., College or Major), as well as the merit and financial need that may be required to be awarded these additional scholarships. The average amount of these awards are $2,000 per year.

State Aid

The Delaware Department of Education (DDOE) offers financial assistance for education to Delaware residents in the form of scholarships and awards that help offset college costs. See www.delawaregoestocollege.org for additional information on application deadlines.

SEED Scholarship

SEED (Student Excellence Equals Degree) Scholarships are provided by the State of Delaware and provide tuition for full-time students enrolled in the Associate in Arts Program (AAP) at the University of Delaware’s Wilmington, Dover, and Georgetown campuses of Delaware Technical and Community College (DTCC). SEED Scholarships are not offered to students who choose to pursue bachelor's degrees at the University of Delaware in Newark.

The SEED Scholarships are for Delaware residents who graduate from a Delaware high school with a GPA of 2.5 or higher, enter directly into the AAP from high school, and are not convicted felons. Enrollment in at least 24 credits per academic year and a 2.5 GPA must be maintained to continue eligibility while in the Associate in Arts Program.

Students who wish to be considered for SEED Scholarships must file the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).

Music Scholarship

Students who audition to be accepted as music majors are considered for music scholarship awards during their auditions. These awards are competitive and are awarded by recommendation after all auditions have been heard. All music majors who receive Department of Music talent-based scholarships may be required to participate in more than one ensemble.

In addition, students who participate in the Fightin' Blue Hen Marching Band are eligible for a scholarship. Visit the Department of Music's website for additional information.

Athletic Scholarships

The Department of Intercollegiate Athletics grants performance-based scholarships in all sports in compliance with NCAA Division I regulations and guidelines. Amounts vary. For more information, contact the Athletics Department, at (302) 831-4006, or complete the Prospective Student Athlete Questionnaire.

ROTC Scholarships

U.S. Army: Two and three-year scholarships are available for enrolled and non-enrolled on-campus students. For more information on scholarships or anything related to Army ROTC, contact the Recruiting Officer at 1-800-830-ROTC.

U.S. Air Force: There are three different types of scholarships (see here for additional information). For questions on scholarships or anything related to U.S. Air Force ROTC, contact the Recruiting Flight Commander at (302) 831-2863.

Need Based Grants

A student is awarded a Need-Based Grant to meet the remaining demonstrated financial need after taking other sources of aid into consideration (see above). Please note that the amount of the need based grant may be adjusted when we are made aware of other scholarships and grants after initial awarding or if there is a change to the EFC. In addition, students living on campus may also be offered the On Campus Need Based Grant to support their cost of living on campus. This grant is only available to students when living in on-campus housing.

File the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and include School Code 001431 after October 1.  Admitted students are encouraged to file by January 15 to receive their full financial aid package as early as late January but students will be evaluated for need based funding anytime they file their FAFSA through the May 1 admissions deadline. 

The University of Delaware offers a variety of grants and scholarships (money that does not have to be repaid) to students during the admission process. A separate application is not required and all first time non-resident students are reviewed for these merit scholarships based upon all materials and information supplied with the application for admission.

The below provides general guidelines. Final offers may differ per student based on their unique combination of academic credentials. For a more individualized estimate of the financial aid award, including additional need-based estimates you may expect from the University, please refer to our Net Price Calculator.

Net Price Calculator

Merit Scholarships

Academic (Merit) Scholarship

Typical Amount Awarded

General Criteria*

Renewability

UD Trustee Scholarship $11,000-$13,000 Per Year Awarded to students whose personal talents distinguish them within the pool of admitted applicants. Students will have very competitive academic credentials of around 1500 combined SAT or ACT Composite Score of 33 and 4.0 grade-point average. These scholarships are renewable as long as students continue to meet a 3.0 GPA and earn 12 credits each semester. See here for additional scholarship terms and conditions.
UD Presidential Scholarship $10,000 Per Year Awarded to students with academically talented qualifications of around 1400 combined SAT or ACT Composite Score of 30 and 3.75 grade-point average.  These scholarships are renewable as long as students continue to meet a 3.0 GPA and earn 12 credits each semester. See here for additional scholarship terms and conditions.
UD Provost Scholarship $5,000-$7,000 Per Year Awarded to students with an exemplary academic records of around 1375 combined SAT or ACT Composite Score of 29 and 3.50 grade-point average.  These scholarships are renewable as long as students continue to meet a 3.0 GPA and earn 12 credits each semester. See here for additional scholarship terms and conditions.
Delaware Scholar Award $2,000-$3,000 Per Year Awarded to students with an academic record of around a 1350 combined SAT or ACT Composite Score of 29 and 3.25 grade-point average.  These scholarships are renewable as long as students continue to meet a 3.0 GPA and earn 12 credits each semester. See here for additional scholarship terms and conditions.
*The general criteria reflects the new SAT scoring. If you took the SAT prior to March 1, 2016, use the SAT Score Converter to determine your new SAT Score that correlates to the above general criteria.

Above is a list of Academic (Merit) Scholarships available at UD that will be offered approximately 2 weeks after being admitted to the University.

Distinguished Scholar Awards

In addition to the above Merit scholarships, the University of Delaware offers a very competitive scholarship program to our students enrolled in our Honors Program. Awards range from $12,000 to full-tuition scholarships, including a limited number of Eugene du Pont Memorial Scholarships that fund Tuition, Fees, Room, and Board, plus a $2,500 Enrichment Grant for approved educational uses such as Study Abroad. In January each year the Admissions Office will reach out to those students eligible to compete for these Distinguished Scholar Awards.

Need Based Grants

While Academic Scholarships are awarded based on a student’s accomplishments (merit), the University provides additional funding based on the estimated financial need as determined by the FAFSA.

File the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and include School Code 001431 after October 1.  Admitted students are encouraged to file by January 15 to receive their full financial aid package as early as late January but students will be evaluated for need based funding anytime they file their FAFSA through the May 1 admissions deadline. 

Renewability: Institutional need-based grants are renewable for up to eight total semesters provided students continue to demonstrate relatively consistent levels of financial need and meet the other terms and conditions associated with these awards.

Music Scholarships

Students who audition to be accepted as music majors are considered for music scholarship awards during their auditions. Music talent scholarships up to $10,000 for majors are available. These awards are competitive and are awarded by recommendation after all auditions have been heard. All music majors who receive Department of Music talent-based scholarships may be required to participate in more than one ensemble.

In addition, students who participate in the Fightin’ Blue Hen Marching Band are eligible for a scholarship. Visit the Department of Music's website for additional information.

Athletic Scholarships

The Department of Intercollegiate Athletics grants performance-based scholarships in all sports in compliance with NCAA Division I regulations and guidelines. Amounts vary. For more information, contact the Athletics Department, at (302) 831-4006 or complete the Prospective Student Athlete Questionnaire.

ROTC Scholarships

U.S. Army: Two and three-year scholarships are available for enrolled and non-enrolled on-campus students. For more information on scholarships or anything related to Army ROTC, contact the Recruiting Officer at 1-800-830-ROTC.

U.S. Air Force: There are three different types of scholarships (see here for additional information). For questions on scholarships or anything related to U.S. Air Force ROTC, contact the Recruiting Flight Commander at (302) 831-2863.

Endowments (Donor Scholarships)

The University has some endowments made available to students on behalf of our generous alumni and donors. These awards often have specific criteria (e.g., College or Major), as well as the merit and financial need that may be required to be awarded these additional scholarships. The average amount of these awards are $2,000 per year.