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.

Financial Aid - Frequently Asked Questions

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

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. 

The University of Delaware will notify students of merit scholarships approximately two weeks after their admission decision is released. For non-Delaware residents who have completed the FAFSA, full financial aid awards, including eligibility for need-based grants and loans, will be available around this time as well.  Delaware residents who have completed the FAFSA will receive full financial aid eligibility information in late January/early February. Once finalized, merit scholarship letters and award notices are mailed to students and are available on their My Blue Hen Home portals as well.

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.

The University of Delaware reviews appeals for University scholarships for our incoming freshmen. Merit scholarships are awarded based on a combination of academic and extracurricular achievements. We notify students of scholarship eligibility shortly after they receive their admission offer. If you wish to have your eligibility reviewed, complete a merit scholarship appeal. Note: The Scholarship Committee will generally be looking for additional information not considered as part of the original admission application. Scholarship appeals are reviewed after UD has finished admitting most of the Class of 2023, and typically students will hear the result beginning in mid-April.


TUITION AND FEES — Newark Campus

2019-2020 Undergraduate Newark Campus Rates

Semester Costs*

DE Resident

Non-Resident

Full Time Tuition (12+ credits)

$6,365

$17,080

Mandatory Full Time Fees

$775

$775

Room & Board (Standard)

$6,604

$6,604

Semester Total

$13,744

$24,459

Academic Year Total

$27,488

$48,918

Indirect Costs

$2,800

$2,800

Total Cost of Attendance 

$30,288

$51,718

*Individual costs may vary based on program of study.  Students enrolled in the Lerner College of Business and Economic, the College of Engineering, and the School of Nursing will be assessed a differential charge, which helps align resources with the cost of instruction in these Colleges.

Additional information on tuition rates and fees, including part-time tuition, special sessions costs, and a breakdown of mandatory (and related) fees, can be found in the Undergraduate Catalog.

Tuition and Fees — Associate in Arts Program (Delaware Residents)

2019-2020 Associate in Arts Program Rates

Semester Costs

DE Resident

Non-Resident

Full Time Tuition (12+ credits)

$2,113

$5,275

Mandatory Fees

$155

$155

SEMESTER TOTAL

$2,268

$5,430

ACADEMIC YEAR TOTAL

$4,536

$10,860

Indirect Costs

$4,300

$4,300

Total Cost of Attendance

$8,836

$15,160

Additional information on tuition rates and fees, including part-time tuition, special sessions costs, and a breakdown of mandatory (and related) fees, can be found in the Undergraduate Catalog.

Scholarships for Prospective First-Year Undergraduate Students

Our aim is to make a UD education affordable to all qualified residents of our state. Under our Commitment to Delawareans 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. 

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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-$3,500 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. Freshman students who enroll in spring are considered for merit-based scholarships each June after completing the spring semester at UD. 
**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 provides some general guidelines as the type of merit scholarships that are offered by the University of Delaware. Students will be notified approximately two weeks after they are admitted as to their eligibility for merit based 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.

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 (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).

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.

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.

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.

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 Oct. 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.

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Academic (Merit) Scholarship

Typical Amount Awarded*

General Criteria**

Renewability

UD Trustee Scholarship $15,000-$17,000 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 $12,000-$14,000 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 $6,000-$8,000 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.
*Freshman students who enroll in the spring are considered for merit-based scholarships each June after completing the spring semester at UD.
**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 provides some general guidelines as the type of merit scholarships that are offered by the University of Delaware. Students will be notified approximately two weeks after the time they are admitted as to their eligibility for merit based scholarships. 

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 Oct. 1. Admitted students are encouraged to file as soon as possible (but no later than Jan. 15) to receive their full financial aid package within weeks of the admission offer, though 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Scholarships for Prospective Transfer Students

Are there scholarships for transfer students?

New transfer students who currently attend a community college and are members of Phi Theta Kappa may be eligible for a Phi Theta Kappa scholarship. For more information on this award, view the criteria below.

All UD students who have completed the FAFSA for the next academic year are reviewed for University Endowed Scholarships after final spring semester grades are finalized. For more information on these awards, view the financial aid and scholarships section below.

Need-Based Financial Aid

The University of Delaware considers aid for transfer students based on financial need, and this requires submission of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Need-based aid may come in the form of federal grants and loans. File the FAFSA or update your existing FAFSA using UD's school code, 001431, in order to be considered for all possible need-based aid. You must file a new FAFSA form each year to be considered for ongoing financial aid.

Fall Deadline:

  • Begin FAFSA filing: Oct. 1
  • Recommended deadline for FAFSA filing: Jan. 15

Once you submit your FAFSA using UD’s school code, Student Financial Services will notify you when your financial aid package is available on your My Blue Hen Home student portal.

Phi Theta Kappa Awards (PTK)*

Transfer students who are currently attending a community college will be considered for scholarships valued at $2,000 per year for Delaware residents, and $6,000 per year for non-Delaware residents if they:

  • Are a member of Phi Theta Kappa

  • Have completed at least 30 credits (at their current community college)*

  • Continue to maintain at least a 3.5 cumulative GPA

  • Enroll and earn 12+ credits each fall and spring semester

  • Maintain a 3.0 GPA

*Although not required, it may be more financially and professionally beneficial to earn your associate's degree at your current community college before enrolling at UD.

 

Delaware Resident Transfer Grant

Delaware residents transferring to UD  are evaluated for need-based grants ranging from $500 - $3,500. You must file the FAFSA to be considered.  

  • Students offered this grant must maintain at least a 2.0 cumulative GPA and earn 12+ credits each fall and spring semester once enrolled at UD. The grant will be reevaluated yearly based on the current year’s FAFSA.

Phi Theta Kappa Awards (PTK)*

Transfer students who are currently attending a community college will be considered for scholarships valued at $2,000 per year for Delaware residents, and $6,000 per year for non-Delaware residents if they:

  • Are a member of Phi Theta Kappa

  • Have completed at least 30 credits (at their current community college)*

  • Continue to maintain at least a 3.5 cumulative GPA

  • Enroll and earn 12+ credits each fall and spring semester

  • Maintain a 3.0 GPA

*Although not required, it may be more financially and professionally beneficial to earn your associate's degree at your current community college before enrolling at UD.

 

Non-Resident Transfer Scholarship* (New)

Transfer students who are not Delaware residents will be considered for a scholarship, renewed up to four semesters and valued at $2,500 per semester ($5,000 per year), if they:

  • Transfer at least 30 credits*

  • Have at least a 3.5 cumulative GPA from all institutions*

  • Maintain at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA

  • Enroll and earn 12+ credits each fall and spring semester

*Students who enter in fall 2019 or later are eligible to be considered for this scholarship. A scholarship can only be officially offered when we have received your final college transcripts.