To qualify for the DSF Scholarship for the 2021-22 school year, you must meet DSF's eligibility requirements. Click here to see the initial eligibility criteria.
Unfortunately, you are not eligible to apply. However, you are welcome to visit our scholarship directory to search for other scholarships.
Yes, DSF provides scholarship support to students who meet the requirements to qualify for Colorado residency classification by their college/university and meet all other DSF requirements, regardless of citizenship status or eligibility for federal student aid. If you are not a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident, to qualify for DSF you must meet the requirements for ASSET and complete the Colorado Application for State Financial Aid (CASFA). For more details, visit denverscholarship.org/coloradoresidency.
New applicants for the DSF Scholarship demonstrate financial need by submitting the FAFSA, CASFA, or other aid application as required by their college and completing their college’s financial aid process. Their college informs DSF of their final Expected Family Contribution (EFC). New Applicants for the 2021-22 academic year must have a final EFC of 14,615 or less to qualify for DSF. Once an applicant meets DSF's financial need requirement, they are considered to have met it for all subsequent years, even if their EFC changes. Please note: The initial EFC that is provided in your financial aid application or by your college may change when the college completes its financial aid process. For more information, click here.
The type of college you can attend as a DSF Scholar depends on several factors:
The DSF Scholarship will not appear on your award letter until DSF verifies you that you have met all deadlines and requirements. In some instances, it will not appear on your award letter until after DSF has sent your scholarship payment to your college.
Before DSF can process your scholarship award, DSF must first confirm that you have:
Scholarship awards may not be received before tuition or other educational expenses are due. Ask the Office of Financial Aid at your college about payment plan options.
DSF strives to process scholarship awards within the first two weeks of the term for colleges that provide enrollment and financial aid updates prior to the census date (a date set by your college that typically marks the last day you can add or drop classes for a full tuition refund). Some colleges wait until the census date to report enrollment information; DSF will then process scholarship awards within two weeks of receiving that information.
Before DSF issues your scholarship award, DSF must first confirm that you have met all scholarship requirements (see FAQ "Why is the DSF Scholarship not showing up on my award letter?" for an overview of these requirements).
Because DSF cannot process scholarship awards until all requirements are met, awards may not be issued before tuition or other educational expenses are due. We encourage you to discuss payment plan options with the Office of Financial Aid at your college.
To create an account in the DSF Student Portal, you must meet the eligibility requirements for the DSF Scholarship. Review the eligibility requirements to determine whether you meet them. Then, make sure you have either entered your birthdate in the MM/DD/YYYY format or selected the date correctly from the pop-up calendar. Then, check that you have correctly entered either your DPS student ID number or your college student ID number (i.e., the one that DSF would currently have on file for you), and make sure you click out of the student ID field when you're done typing. If you've tried all these steps and still cannot create an account, reach out to the DSF Scholarship team to let them know so they can troubleshoot.
If you don't see the account confirmation email in your inbox, check whether it went to another folder such as Spam, Junk, or Promotions. If it's not there either, you may have mistyped your email address when you set up your portal account, making it impossible for the email to be delivered. Contact the Scholarship team and let them know what the email address should be for your account, and they will correct it in your account settings and send you a password reset email so you can finish setting up your account and log in.
Yes, you can access and use the student portal on a smartphone. However, please note that the mobile version of the portal is designed to be used with the phone in portrait mode, and the mobile version may not have the same functionality as the desktop version. For the best experience, DSF recommends accessing the portal on a laptop or desktop computer.
If you have a DSF Student Portal account, log in, click Contact DSF in the top toolbar, write a message and subject line, click "Send Message", click "Upload Files", then select one or more files to attach to your message.
If you do not have a DSF Student Portal account, you can only share documents with DSF via email. Attach your file(s) to an email and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org.