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We get this question all the time: 
Can I afford a Davenport education?

Spoiler alert: You can! But it’s a fair question to ask. College is a big investment that pays off big in the form of lasting memories, lifelong friends, and rewarding career. But determining what you’ll pay for a four-year degree is often difficult. So let’s try something different: a straightforward explanation of what you’ll pay and what you’ll get.

What you’ll get for your investment

In one word: Value. We’re dedicated to making sure your investment is worth every penny. We do this by offering:

  • Intentional career preparation starting your freshman year

  • Rigorous academics that prepare you for real-world challenges

  • Professors who know you by name

  • A respected degree in the marketplace

  • A chance to study abroad and expand your worldview

 

Understanding the Cost of College

The costs associated with going to college can be confusing. Check HERE for a better understanding of expenses at DU. This information can be used to calculate what you are looking at in regards to cost for a year here at Davenport. Please be aware that the cost of college will vary based on the school of attendance. This is just an estimate of what charges could be as there may be additional fees associated with the student's account. 

Applying for Financial Aid 

With a better understanding of what the costs of college are, you now want to look into ways to pay your student's college education. 

The first thing you will want to do is apply for aid by completing a FAFSA. Every year as early as October 1st, you will be able to file your FAFSA. Applying for aid earlier increases a student's chances of receiving certain types of limiter aid. In order to file a FAFSA, you will need to create an FSA ID. By going HERE, you are able to create an FSA ID. Both the student and the parent will need to create an FSA ID in order to file the FAFSA. 

Applying for Scholarships 

Davenport also offers scholarships that are set apart from the academic scholarships called foundation scholarships. Private donations are made to the Davenport University Foundation, and those funds are awarded to students based on-campus locations and/or special requirements established by the donors. Apply HERE!

We invite you to apply, and we hope you will! Once you've submitted the application, it will be determined if you meet the criteria and will be considered for our Davenport University Foundation scholarships. If you are selected to receive one of our Davenport University Foundation awards, we will notify you!

Millions of dollars in scholarships are available each year. Start your search online with the General Scholarships page.   Scholarships are a great way to help pay college tuition, books, living expenses, and they can reduce the amount you need to borrow or pay out of pocket. You should always maximize the amount of free money you use to pay for college before borrowing. Keep in mind that national scholarships are much more competitive and often times much harder to attain than local scholarships.  

Review Your Financial Aid Awards

A college's financial aid office determines what aid is available to help based on your FAFSA information. Schools will aim to meet as much of your need as possible, but not all schools can afford to meet 100% of your financial need. The financial aid office at DU will put together a financial aid package and send an award letter via mail to you. The aid may come in the form of grants, work-study, scholarships, or student loans.

When your financial aid package arrives in the mail, read it over carefully. Decide if you want to or need any scholarships or loans that are offered. DU automatically accepts any grants or scholarships on the account for the student as the funds are free monies and do not need to be paid back. If you are awarded a foundation scholarship, you will need to log into your student connection to accept that award. Pay close attention to the letter and read it in its entirety to heed to any instructions the school gives you. You may have to complete additional paperwork to fully receive the award(s).

Your financial aid package may or may not cover your total financial need. If financial need is not entirely met, this unmet need is called a "gap." This means that resources must be found in order to meet the full cost of education. In many cases, this will mean additional student and parent loans. Please review our website HERE to view options and to figure out how you will meet the difference.

Standards of Academic Progress (SAP) 

Student-athletes must meet the standards of academic progress (SAP) in order to keep their financial aid. Below you will find an SAP policy overview. To see the complete policy, click HERE.

Requirements to maintain standards:                                                                                                                                                      Cumulative GPA: 2.0- You must be at a 2.0 or above at all times within your overall, not semester, GPA. (Undergraduate)

  Cumulative GPA: 3.0- You must be at a 2.0 or above at all times within your overall, not semester, GPA. (Graduate)

 Pace (Completion Rate): 67%- This means that 67% of classes you attempt must be completed to stay above the standard. Dropping, withdrawing, or failing classes does affect this. Always contact your academic advisor and financial aid before dropping or withdrawing from classes to see how it will affect your aid.

Students are reviewed every semester. The first semester a student falls below standards, they will receive a warning e-mail. Students below standards a second semester may appeal to keep their financial aid.

Financial Aid Calendar for Awarding Athletic Aid

January

  • Student-athlete can purchase books at the university book store. 
  • New student-athletes will make sure all requirements, accepting loans, completing MPN & EC are completed before winter semester aid is disbursed.
  • Winter semester gift aid, federal loans, and private loans will disburse for 10-week, 15-week, and session 1 student-athletes.

February

  • Refunds may still be processed for the winter semester.

March

  • March 1- The priority filing date for the FAFSA.
  • Winter semester gift aid, federal loans, and private loans will disburse for session 2 student-athletes.

April

  • April 1 – Athletic Department notifies Financial Aid of athletes that will be receiving endowment scholarships.
  • All athletes should have completed the FAFSA.
  • New student-athletes will make sure all requirements, accepting loans, completing MPN & EC are completed before spring/summer semester aid is disbursed.

May

  • Financial aid awards will be made to all continuing students who have completed the FAFSA process.
  • By May 1, Athletic Department will notify the Office of Financial Aid of all summer school athletic grant-in-aid.
  • Spring/summer semester gift aid, federal loans, and private loans will disburse for  10-week, 15-week, and winter session 1 student-athletes.

June

  • Financial aid awarding will continue for all students.
  • Refunds may still be processed for the spring/summer semester.

July

  • Spring/summer semester gift aid, federal loans, and private loans will disburse for session 2 student-athletes.

August

  • Final adjustments made before fall aid disbursements
  • New student-athletes will make sure all requirements, accepting loans, completing MPN & EC are completed before fall semester aid is disbursed.
  • Student-athlete can purchase books at the university book store.   (Book vouchers or out-of-pocket)

September

  • Fall semester gift aid, federal loans, and private loans will disburse for  10-week, 15-week, and winter session 1 student-athletes.
  • Email sent to all students reminding them it is time to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the following academic year

October

  • Student-athletes can complete the FAFSA for the upcoming academic year
  • Athletic Department begins the determination of aid for new student-athlete according to the NCAA rules for the next academic year.
  • Refunds may still be processed for the fall semester.
  • Fall semester gift aid, federal loans, and private loans will disburse for session 2 student-athletes.

November

  • Refunds may still be processed for the fall semester.
  • The Athletic Department will send notifications to the Financial Aid Department of athletic scholarship awards for new student-athletes for the upcoming academic year.

December

  • Make final adjustments to spring athletic awards if necessary before the disbursement.
  • New student-athletes will make sure all requirements, accepting loans, completing MPN & EC are completed before winter semester aid is disbursed.

FAQs for Student-Athletes

1. HOW DO I GET AN ATHLETIC SCHOLARSHIP?

-In order to get an athletic scholarship, you must come to an agreement with the coach of your respective sport that you will receive a scholarship for playing. Once that agreement is made, a Grand In Aid (GIA) must be signed and sent to the financial aid office.  he Financial Aid Office does NOT determine your athletic scholarship award amount.

2. WHAT IS A Grant-In-Aid (GIA)?

-A Grant In Aid  (GIA) is a formal letter stating that both the coach of the respective sport and the athlete agree upon the amount that is being offered for the scholarship. The letter is then signed by the coach, the student, and the director of athletics. Once this is done the letter is sent to the financial aid office to be processed.

**Please be aware that not all Grant In Aid has a scholarship attached. Please carefully review the terms and conditions of your GIA before signing**

3. WHY IS MY ATHLETIC SCHOLARSHIP NOT ON MY ACCOUNT?

-There are a number of reasons your athletic scholarship may not be on your account. You may not be enrolled in enough credits, we may not have a FAFSA on file for you in order to put the scholarship on your account, or we may not have received your Grant In Aid (GIA) from the athletics department. Please contact the athletics department first to make sure the LOI was sent to the financial aid office. If they confirm that is was sent to us, please contact the Financial Aid Office with questions.

4. HOW MANY CREDITS MUST I TAKE TO KEEP MY ATHLETIC SCHOLARSHIP?

-Student-athletes are required to take a minimum of 12 credits in order to receive their athletic scholarship. If you plan to take fewer than 12 credits, you will need to have approval from your coach sent to the Financial Aid office stating they are permitting you to receive the full amount of your scholarship without being a full-time student.

5. WHY IS MY ATHLETIC SCHOLARSHIP NOT PAYING ON MY ACCOUNT?

-Your athletic scholarship may not be paying due to a number of reasons. You will want to check your student connection for outstanding requirements, to reserve your classes, etc. If you are still having issues you can contact the financial aid office in order to find out why the scholarship did not pay on your account.

6. If my grants and scholarships, including athletic aid, do not cover my Cost of Attendance, can I borrow loans?

-In most cases, yes, you can borrow a Federal Direct Stafford Loan and your parents may also qualify for a Federal Direct Parent PLUS Loan. For more information on loans, visit our pages for Federal Direct Stafford Loan and Federal Direct Parent PLUS Loan.

The total of your aid package (grants, scholarships, athletic aid, and loans) cannot exceed your Cost of Attendance.

7. DO I HAVE TO PAY MY ATHLETIC SCHOLARSHIP BACK?

-No. An athletic scholarship is gift aid and does not have to be paid back.

8. HOW LONG WILL I HAVE MY ATHLETIC SCHOLARSHIP?

-All student-athletes are eligible to receive an athletic scholarship for four years per NCAA regulations. Each year your GIA will be renewed with terms agreed upon by the student and their respective coach. 

9. WHY DID I NOT GET AN ATHLETIC SCHOLARSHIP?

-You may not have gotten an athletic scholarship for a number of reasons. You may have signed a GIA that indicated no financial scholarship or we may not have received your GIA from the athletic department.

10. CAN THE FINANCIAL AID OFFICE INCREASE MY ATHLETIC SCHOLARSHIP?

-No. Any increases in your athletic scholarship need to be given to you by your coach. You must sign a new GIA and have it go through the normal process to be awarded the funds.

11. DOES MY STANDARD OF ACADEMIC PROGRESS (SAP) STATUS AFFECT MY ATHLETIC AID?

-Yes. When you are below SAP, all aid on the account is suspended until the SAP Appeal is approved.

12.  Can my athletic aid ever be reduced or canceled?

-Institutional financial aid based in any degree on athletics ability to may be reduced or canceled during the period of the award only under limited conditions, namely, if a recipient:

  • Does not satisfy the stated Davenport, Conference, or NCAA academic requirements for like scholarships or financial aid;
  • Renders himself or herself ineligible for intercollegiate athletic competition;
  • Voluntarily withdraws from the team;
  • Fraudulently misrepresents any information on an application, grant in aid or financial aid agreement;
  • Violates regulations and standards of the team, athletic department, or Davenport.

 13. Are there charges on my account that cannot be paid by athletic aid or other financial aid?

 

-Athletic aid will not pay for:

  • Late payment fees
  • Residence hall fines (damage, lost keys, etc.)
  • Parking fines
  • Health Insurance 
  • Any other charge, fee, or fine that is not related to academics, courses, or programs.