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 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 50-55% of your class after the first year.

Scholarship Probation and Cancellation

For students who start at Denver Law in August 2018 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. 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 a 3.0 or higher. If you are successful in raising your GPA to a 3.0, you would continue to be eligible for your scholarship, so long as you maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA. You have only 1 semester of probation, so if your cumulative GPA drops below a 3.0 a second time, your scholarship will be canceled.

If you do not raise your cumulative GPA to a 3.0 during the probationary period, your scholarship will be cancelled. Once canceled, the scholarship will not be reinstated, even if you raise your cumulative GPA to a 3.0 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 a 3.0 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 cancelled or reduced.

Fall 2017 Scholarship Retention Data
Students Matriculating in Merit Scholarships Awarded Scholarships Cancelled after 1st Year Scholarships Cancelled by Fall 2017 (cumulative)
Fall 2016 132 15 15
Fall 2015 149 22 32 (22+10)
Fall 2014 129 16 24 (16+8)
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University of Denver
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Denver, CO 80208