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New Applicants

To receive a DSF Scholarship you must meet the following requirements and complete the application process within one year of your graduation from high school:

  • Attend a DPS High School for all four consecutive years before graduation and be included in the DPS October Count for all four years.
  • Graduate from a DPS High School with at least a 2.0 GPA. Your final cumulative high school GPA will determine the type of college where you will be eligible to receive the DSF scholarship (please see the High School GPA Requirement section for important details).
  • Demonstrate financial need (see below for details).
  • Meet your college’s requirements for Colorado residency classification (for in-state tuition or state aid).

Demonstrating Financial Need

All applicants for the DSF Scholarship (regardless of eligibility for federal student aid) will 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. Once the college informs DSF of the student’s final Expected Family Contribution (EFC), DSF will determine whether the student meets DSF’s financial need requirement. New Applicants for the 2021-22 academic year must have a final EFC of 14,615** or less to qualify for DSF. Please note that the initial EFC that is provided in the FAFSA confirmation or by your college may change when the college completes its financial aid process.

**The maximum EFC to demonstrate financial need for DSF is based on 2.5x the maximum EFC to qualify for the federal Pell grant (referred to as the Pell limit), which Congress approves each year. For the 2021-22 academic year, 14,615 is 2.5x the Pell limit of 5,846; if the Pell limit changes for 2022-23, the DSF maximum qualifying EFC will be updated.

Renewal Applicants

The following information pertains to the DSF Application for the 2021-22 Academic Year. Click here for more details on renewing your scholarship.

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I will graduate from high school in 2021.

To be considered for a DSF Scholarship you must meet the following requirements and complete our application process within one year of your graduation from high school:

  • Attend a DPS High School for all four consecutive years before graduation and be included in the DPS October Count for all four years.
  • Graduate from a DPS High School with at least a 2.0 GPA. Your final cumulative high school GPA will determine the type of college where you will be eligible to receive the DSF scholarship (see the High School GPA Requirement section for details).
  • Complete the FAFSA, CASFA, or other financial aid application each year as required by your college.
  • Demonstrate financial need, if not demonstrated in the previous year.
  • Meet the requirements for Colorado residency (for in-state tuition or state aid).

You must also receive a scholarship payment by December 31 of the year after your high school graduation in order to continue to be eligible for the DSF Scholarship in the future. For example, if you graduate from high school in 2021, you must receive a DSF scholarship payment by December 31, 2022 to be eligible to re-apply in the future.

I graduated from high school in 2020, and am applying for a DSF Scholarship for the first time.

To be considered for a DSF Scholarship, you must meet the following requirements and complete our application process within one year of your graduation from high school:

  • Attend a DPS High School for all four consecutive years before graduation and be included in the DPS October Count for all four years.
  • Graduate from a DPS High School with at least a 2.0 GPA. Your final cumulative high school GPA will determine the type of college where you will be eligible to receive the DSF scholarship (see the High School GPA Requirement section for details).
  • Complete the 2021-22 FAFSA, CASFA, or other financial aid application each year as required by your college.
  • Demonstrate financial need with a final Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of 14,615 or less.
  • Meet the requirements for Colorado residency (for in-state tuition or state aid).

If you meet these initial eligibility requirements, there are additional deadlines and requirements you must be to receive a DSF award. Use this checklist to stay on track for the DSF Scholarship.

You must also receive a scholarship payment by December 31 of the year after your high school graduation in order to continue to be eligible for the DSF Scholarship in the future. For example, if you graduated from high school in 2020, you must receive a DSF scholarship payment by December 31, 2021 to be eligible to re-apply in the future.

I graduated from high school in 2019 or before, and I never applied for a DSF Scholarship.

We are sorry! Our scholarship policy requires all DPS graduates to apply within one year of high school graduation.

Please check out our extensive Scholarship Directory for a listing of other scholarships for which you may be eligible.

I received a DSF Scholarship payment in 2020-21, and I want to renew.

Congratulations on your success in college! To renew your DSF Scholarship, you must complete our renewal application process and meet the following requirements:

  • Complete the 2021-22 FAFSA, CASFA, or other financial aid application as required by your college.
  • Complete any additional financial aid requirements as determined by your college by July 15.
  • Meet the requirements for Colorado residency (for in-state tuition or state aid), if not already met.
  • Enroll full-time (12 or more credit hours) at an eligible DSF college partner.
  • Meet the Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) requirements as defined by your college.
  • Meet the Student Success Requirements at your college, if required.
  • Have remaining eligibility for the DSF Scholarship.
I did not receive a DSF Scholarship payment in 2020-21 but I am a member of a DSF Cohort from a previous year and want to renew.

To renew your DSF Scholarship, you must complete our renewal application process and meet the following requirements:

  • Complete the 2021-22 FAFSA, CASFA, or other financial aid application as required by your college.
  • Complete any additional financial aid requirements as determined by your college by July 15.
  • Meet the requirements for Colorado residency (for in-state tuition or state aid), if not already met.
  • Enroll full-time (12 or more credit hours) at an eligible DSF college partner.
  • Meet the Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) requirements as defined by your college.
  • Meet the Student Success Requirements at your college, if required.
  • Have remaining eligibility for the DSF Scholarship.
  • For 2019 and earlier high school graduates: if you have not previously received a DSF Scholarship payment, you are unfortunately no longer eligible to apply for DSF.
  • For 2020 high school graduates, you must receive a scholarship payment by December, 31, 2021 to maintain your future eligibility for the DSF Scholarship.
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