DSF strives to process scholarship awards within the first two weeks of the term for colleges that provide enrollment and financial aid updates prior to the census date. Some colleges wait until census date (a date set by your college that typically marks the last day you can add or drop classes for a full tuition refund) to report your enrollment information; DSF will then process scholarship awards within two weeks of receiving that information.
However, DSF must first confirm that you have:
- Demonstrated financial need with a qualifying EFC (expected family contribution) if you are eligible for Federal Student Aid; or by qualifying for Free/Reduced Price meal benefits during high school, if you are ineligible for Federal Student Aid; and
- Enrolled full-time (12 credit hours or more) at an eligible DSF partner college. Submit a College Choice Form (CCF) through the DSF Student Portal at portal.denverscholarship.org no later than July 15, 2019 for the 2019-20 academic year to inform DSF of the college you plan to attend; and
- Completed all financial aid requirements, if you are eligible for Federal Student Aid, or if you are ineligible for Federal Student Aid, complete all requirements to be considered for institutional financial aid and ASSET, if applicable, by July 15, 2019 for the 2019-20 academic year; and
- Met Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) requirements at your college; and
- Met all Student Success Requirements (SSR) in the previous term, if required.
Scholarship awards cannot be processed until we confirm all requirements are met, so DSF Scholarship awards may not be received before tuition or other educational expenses are due. We encourage you to discuss payment plan options with the Office of Financial Aid at your college.