• Financial Aid
  • Financial Aid
  • Financial Aid
  • Financial Aid
  • Financial Aid

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:


Beginning with the 2021-2022 Award Year, in order for the Federal Government to disbursed Federal Direct Loans, borrowers must first complete the Annual Student Loan Acknowledgment (ASLA) process online at www.studentaid.gov.  This process is required each year for students who receive the Federal Direct Student Loans (Subsidized and Unsubsidized) and Parents who receive the Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students (PLUS).


Financial Aid Awards are based on full-time enrollment.


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.


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.


All enrolled courses must count toward your degree.


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.


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.


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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External Scholarships

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


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Summer 2021 Applications will be available by March 15, 2021.


The 2021-2022 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 2019 household income data - the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) is available for the 2021-2022 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 2020-2021 Financial Aid Award on myDU.


PROFESSIONAL JUDGMENTS:  Families who are experiencing extenuating circumstance with Household Income (loss or reduction of income), Dependency Status, etc. may contact your Financial Aid Counselor for futher discussion regarding a re-evaluation of your FAFSA data.


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! Begin with WWW.UNCF.ORG 


Remember: the Fall 2021 Clearance Deadline is August 1, 2021. 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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