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Office of financial aid and scholarships

Federal School Code: 002004

Welcome to the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships. We recognize that obtaining a higher education represents an important and significant financial commitment for families. To be considered for aid, all students must be admitted to Dillard as a degree seeking student and complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov. The FAFSA must be completed annually and will be available October 1st prior to the award year.  Priority deadline is March 1st.

Our office has a comprehensive website that provides a wealth of information. Please feel free to browse our site.

 Important Information Regarding Financial Aid Awards

  1. Financial Aid Awards are based on full-time enrollment.
  2. Financial Aid awards will be adjusted (i.e., reduced) after the fee payment deadline based on regulatory policies for students enrolled less than full-time.
  3. Student loan recipients must be enrolled at least half-time to be eligible (excluding audit hours). Federal Loans will be canceled for student enrolled in hours below half-time.
  4. All enrolled courses must count toward your degree.
  5. Scholarship awards require full-time enrollment.  Recipients must refer to their scholarship agreement/conditions/requirements/rules/regulations and responsibilities regarding the eligibility and enrollment criteria (i.e., TOPS, Institutional Scholarship, Fee Exemption, Fee Waiver, Special Awards. Institutional Aid will be adjusted as a result of a student receiving additional scholarship or entitlement awards.
  6. Federal Student Aid recipients who withdraw (resign) from the University will be subject to Return to Title IV (R2T4) calculations.   Calculations will be performed on withdrawals during the entire semester; however, withdrawal dates up to the 60% point of the semester will be subject to funds being returned to the Government.  Please review policy listed under the Consumer Information tab.

7. Class attendance and participation in academic related activity is mandatory in order to receive Financial Aid.  Students who cease enrollment in class and receive a F or FA (Failure for non-attendance) will be subject to R2T4 and will have to refund money back to the Federal Government.     


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How Do I Apply?

Dillard University has a seven step process that will help prospective student apply for financial aid.

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Types of Aid Available

Financial Aid is any source of funds available to assist students with paying for the costs of a college education.

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Outside Scholarships

Many organizations offer outside scholarships to Dillard students. Find out about available outside scholarships below.


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The 2020-2021 FAFSA is NOW available!   Please complete your FAFSA today at fafsa.ed.gov.  REMEMBER:  Include Dillard University's school code 002004 on your FAFSA.  Also, you and your parent must use your FSA ID (Username and Password) to complete the FAFSA and you will need to report the 2018 household income data - the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) is available for the 2020-2021 FAFSA process.  The FAFSA must be completed each year!


Financial Coaching is Available!  Schedule an online appointment at www.aie.org/coaching.  Students can get personalized, confidential financial coaching.  The helpful tool is FREE of charge and will help you plan and prepare for the future.


Students can review their 2019-2020 Financial Aid Award on myDU.


Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students (PLUS) is a program available to parents to help fund your student's educational expense.  Parents should apply for the PLUS online at www.studentloans.gov  (see our Parent Information tab for details).


Important!  APPLY for as many SCHOLARSHIPS as you can! 


Remember: the Fall 2019 Clearance Deadline is August 1, 2019. If you are utilizing federal, state or institutional financial aid, ALL documents and processes must be completed prior to the Bursar’s Office issuing fiscal clearance. You will receive an email from the University Bursar when you are fiscally cleared.


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