Financial Aid

Retaining Scholarship Eligibility

Scholarship Probation and Cancellation | Extenuating Circumstances | Scholarship Retention Data |

Scholarship Renewal Requirements

  • Merit scholarships, except full-tuition awards, are renewable for up to 6 semesters for full-time students and up to 8 semesters for part-time students.
  • Full-tuition scholarships are renewable for up to 90 credits, except for dual-degree students for whom they are renewed for up to 80 credits.
  • Students starting in August 2019 or later:
    • If receiving the Chancellor's or Yegge Scholarships, must maintain good academic standing, defined as a 2.3 cumulative GPA.
    • If receiving the Sturm, Provost's, Dean's, and Crimson & Gold Scholarships, must maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA in order to retain scholarship funding (unless otherwise indicated in your admission email).
      • At Denver Law, classes are graded on a curve and obtaining a 3.0 means that you are roughly in the top 55-65% of your class after the first year.
  • Students starting before August 2019:
    • Students receiving scholarships must maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA in order to retain scholarship funding.
      • At Denver Law, classes are graded on a curve and obtaining a 3.0 means that you are roughly in the top 55-65% of your class after the first year.

Scholarship Probation and Cancellation

For students who start at Denver Law in August 2019 or later, the Office of Financial Management will verify GPAs after the end of the first academic year, and every fall and spring semester thereafter. If, after the first 2 semesters, your cumulative GPA falls below a 3.0, you will receive 1 semester of probationary scholarship eligibility. If you are receiving a Chancellor or Yegge Scholarship, and your cumulative GPA fall s below a 2.3, you will receive 1 semester of probationary scholarship eligibility.

For students who started at Denver Law in August 2018, the Office of Financial Management will verify GPAs after the end of the first academic year, and every fall and spring semester thereafter. If, after the first 2 semesters, your cumulative GPA falls below a 3.0, you will receive 1 semester of probationary scholarship eligibility. For students who started at Denver Law before August 2018, the Office of Financial Management will verify GPAs after the each fall and spring semester. If your cumulative GPA falls below a 3.0 after 1 semester, you will receive 1 semester of probationary scholarship eligibility.

During the probationary semester, you will retain your scholarship and must raise your cumulative GPA to the requirement listed above. If you are successful in raising your GPA, you would continue to be eligible for your scholarship, so long as you maintain that cumulative GPA. You have only 1 semester of probation, so if your cumulative GPA drops below the requirement a second time, your scholarship will be canceled.

If you do not raise your cumulative GPA as required during the probationary period, your scholarship will be canceled. Once canceled, the scholarship will not be reinstated, even if you raise your cumulative GPA above the requirement in a later term.

The Office of Financial Management will notify you via email if your scholarship is placed on probation or canceled. Notifications are sent after grades become available for the fall and spring semesters, typically in late-January and late-June.

In some cases, a scholarship may be canceled after it has already disbursed to your student account. In this case, you will be left with a balance on your account for which you are responsible. You can cover this balance with your own funds or by borrowing additional funding through student loans.

Extenuating Circumstances

Scholarship Cancellation
If your scholarship is canceled and you have extenuating circumstances surrounding your inability to obtain the necessary cumulative GPA, you may appeal the cancellation to the Scholarship Committee in writing.

Appeals must be received by the deadline established by the Office of Financial Management; deadlines are included in the emailed notification of scholarship cancellation.

Each appeal is reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the Scholarship Committee. Appeal decisions are emailed to students within 3 weeks of the appeal submission deadline. Appeal decisions are final.

Scholarship Duration
In certain circumstances, students may appeal, in writing, to the Scholarship Committee to have their scholarship eligibility extended beyond the 6 or 8 semester limit.

If approved, the appeal would not increase the total amount of the scholarship but would allow a student to receive the scholarship amount over an additional semester or semesters.

Scholarship Retention Data

The chart below lists the number of students who entered Denver Law with a merit scholarship in each of the last four years and the number of students who subsequently had their scholarship canceled or reduced.

Fall 2018 Scholarship Retention Data
Students Matriculating in Merit Scholarships Awarded Scholarships Canceled after 1st Year Scholarships Canceled by Fall 2018 (cumulative)
Fall 2017 129 6 6
Fall 2016 132 15 20 (15+5)
Fall 2015 149 22 32 (22+10)
Sturm College of Law
University of Denver
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Denver, CO 80208