Financial FAQ

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Financial Aid

Please contact if you have any additional questions regarding financial aid.

How do I apply for financial aid?

In preparation for completing the Financial Aid Application, first address the following items:

  • When you submit your application for admission, you will receive an automated email that will include your DIU student ID number. You will need your ID number to complete your Financial Aid Application.
  • Determine your financial need:
    • Identify your study plan at DIU
    • Calculate your school costs per term. (See the Net Price Calculator.)
    • Estimate your living expenses. (See What will it cost?.)
    • Consider the resources you have available and how much more will be needed to pay for your studies.

Complete and submit your Financial Aid Application.

When should I apply?

Your best opportunity for Financial Aid is by applying before the April 1 deadline for the next award year. Financial aid award years run from May term through the following Spring semester. You may still apply if you miss the deadline, but aid covering the remainder of the award year will be distributed as funds are available.

DIU applicants do not have to be admitted before applying for or being considered for financial aid. If you have applied for admission, you can fill out a financial aid application.

Do I need to be admitted to DIU before I can apply for financial aid?

No. However, before you apply for financial aid, you must submit your application for admission to DIU. After submitting your application for admission, you will receive an email with your DIU student ID number to use in your Financial Aid Application.

What will financial aid cover?

DIU offers several need-based scholarships for students including international students.

Most scholarships cover a percentage of tuition, unlikely to exceed 40%. A few special scholarships cover a larger percentage of expenses.

Do I need to have a certain GPA in order to qualify?

Not necessarily. Only a few of the financial aid scholarships require a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher.

Who qualifies for financial aid?

Any DIU student with financial need may apply for financial aid.

Do I need to be enrolled full-time, or can I be a part-time student?

It doesn’t matter if you are a full-time or part-time student. Some special scholarships require full-time enrollment, but most scholarships do not.

When do I know if I will receive financial aid?

Financial aid awards for the upcoming award year will be announced by mid-April for those who applied by the April 1 deadline. Those who apply for financial aid after the deadline will learn of their award covering the remainder of the award year within a month or two of their application and certainly before their first term at DIU.

Where should I look for other funding?

In addition to applying for DIU financial aid, students are encouraged to check out the outside scholarships page for information on non-DIU scholarships.

Can I use Veterans benefits to pay for my DIU education?

No, DIU is not certified to accept G.I. Bill benefits.

Do I need to apply each term for financial aid at DIU?

No, this is no longer the case. However, you do need to submit a Financial Aid application for each award year. DIU scholarships apply to a full year, starting with May term and ending with the following Spring semester.

Do I need to reapply for financial aid if I postpone my entry date?

Possibly. Financial aid is awarded on a yearly basis. The award year covers May term through Spring semester of the following year. If you have been awarded financial aid for an award year, you can start in any term of that award year without needing to reapply for financial aid. If you postpone your entry date to a term in a future award year, you will need to apply for financial aid for that award year. All students are expected to apply for financial aid for each award year.

Do I need to reapply for financial aid if I return after a leave of absence?

Financial aid at DIU is now awarded on a yearly basis. If you have been awarded financial aid for the award year in which you intend to return, you do not need to reapply for financial aid for that award year. All students are expected to apply for financial aid for each award year.


E.g. if you have been awarded financial aid for May through Spring and you are taking a break with the intention to return to study in that Spring semester, there is no need to reapply for financial aid for that award year.

Once I have been awarded financial aid at DIU, what do I need to do to keep it?

There are varying requirements depending on the scholarship terms. The basic requirements are:

  • accepting the scholarship by agreeing to the DIU Financial Aid Scholarship Terms Agreement, and
  • providing information for a thank-you note to the scholarship donor.

Some special scholarships will require very specific terms in order to maintain your scholarship. Once you have accepted the terms and provided information for a thank-you note, your DIU financial aid will be set for the remainder of the award year.

I can’t find a FAFSA code for DIU. Does DIU have one?

DIU has chosen not to participate in FSA programs like direct or campus-based loans or Federal Work-Study and therefore we do not have a FAFSA code. However, the US Department of Education has designated DIU as an eligible institution for Federal Student Aid (FSA) and students attending DIU may receive deferments on existing FSA program loans. If this would apply to you, write to for instructions on deferments of loans.

Other Financial Questions

Please contact or with any additional financial questions.

When do I pay tuition and fees?

All tuition and fees are due within the first five business days of Spring or Fall terms and within the first four business days of other terms. DIU prefers to have payment up front for the entire term, but it is possible to set up a payment plan for an additional fee. Students who have not made payment arrangements with the DIU Finance Office within these deadlines may have enrollment dropped due to non-payment.

Visit our Payment Plans page or email for more information.

How do I pay tuition and fees?

Visit our Payments page for information about paying your tuition and fees.

Can I pay my tuition and fees with a credit card?

The preferred way to submit a payment is by Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) since there is no convenience fee attached with that method of payment. Visit our Payments page and then click on the ‘Pay Now’ button.

We do accept credit/debit card payments through PayPal. However, students who pay their tuition and/or fee obligations by credit/debit card through PayPal will be charged an additional convenience fee of 3% of their total charges.

Visit our Payments page for more information. To discuss other payment options please contact our Finance Office staff, who are available to help you.

Can I pay in installments if I can’t pay the full amount at the beginning of a term?

Yes. To request and make arrangements for a DIU Payment Plan, please correspond with Please note: a Multiple Payment Fee will accrue with each payment that leaves a balance due. Check the Tuition and Fees page for the current Multiple Payment Fee rate. Please be conscientious and correspond with regarding any changes to your payment intentions throughout the term. The Student Accounts Specialist is available to assist you if your financial situation changes.

What is a 1098-T, and what do I need to do with it?

For information about the 1098-T, please visit our 1098-T Information page.