Scholarship Payment Process

If you satisfy all of the DSF Scholarship requirements, the amount of your scholarship award will depend on your Expected Family Contribution (EFC), your enrollment level, your program of study, the type of college you attend and when you graduated from high school and first became eligible for the DSF Scholarship.

Please read below for commonly asked questions about the DSF Payment Process.

Read more about the 15+ Credit-Hour Completion Awards here.

Note: 15+ Credit Completion Award Amounts apply to any 2017 or later cohort student at a community college or 4-year college/university who successfully completes 15 or more credit hours, regardless of eligibility for federal aid or Pell range.

2018 Cohort DSF Scholars - Annual Award Amounts
DSF Partner College TypeExpected Family Contribution (EFC): 0 - 5,486EFC: 5,487 - 8,229 or Ineligible for Federal Student Aid (DACA)Total DSF Award Payment with Incentive Award for Completing 15+ Credit Hours*
4-year College/University$2,800$3,400$4,000
Community College$1,400$1,700$2,200
Technical College$1,700$1,700N/A
2017 Cohort DSF Scholars - Annual Award Amounts
DSF Partner College TypeExpected Family Contribution (EFC): 0 - 5,486EFC: 5,487 - 8,229 or Ineligible for Federal Student Aid (DACA)Total DSF Award Payment with Incentive Award for Completing 15+ Credit Hours*
4-year College/University$2,800$3,400$4,000
Community College$1,400$1,700$2,200
2014-2016 Cohort DSF Scholars - Annual Award Amounts
College TypeExpected Family Contribution (EFC): 0 - 5,486EFC: 5,487 & higher or Ineligible for Federal Student Aid (DACA)
4-year College/University$2,800$3,400

For information on how long can you continue to receive the DSF Scholarship, click here.

If you are eligible for Federal Student Aid, DSF will determine your financial need for the DSF scholarship based on your final EFC (Expected Family Contribution) as determined by your college’s Office of Financial Aid. To be considered for a DSF Scholarship, your EFC must be less than 1.5 times the maximum qualifying EFC for the federal Pell Grant (the maximum qualifying EFC for the 2018-19 DSF scholarship is $8,229).

The Pell limit is set by the federal government each year, and the Pell limit shown here is based on the 2018-19 Federal Pell Grant Payment and Disbursement Schedules issued by the U.S. Department of Education.

Once DSF has confirmed your qualifying EFC (usually in your first year as a DSF Finalist), we do not confirm your qualifying EFC again.

Financial need for students who are not eligible for Federal Student Aid is based on qualification for Free/Reduced Price meal benefits during high school.

How much is my 2018-19 DSF Scholarship award?

All DSF Scholarship requirements and deadlines must be met to be considered for a scholarship payment each term.

Scholarship award amounts depend on the college you attend.  For a list of eligible DSF Partner Colleges, click here.

The amount of your scholarship award also depends on:

    • Your DSF Cohort year;
    • Your eligibility for Federal Student Aid;
    • Your Expected Family Contribution (EFC)*, if you are eligible for Federal Student Aid;
    • Number of credit hours for which you are enrolled.  See Full-Time Enrollment Requirement for more information.

The 2018-19 scholarship amounts shown in the following tables are annual total award amounts for students who enroll full-time for the entire academic year (August–May or September–June).  The annual award amount will be divided into payments based on the number of terms at your college (two payments at colleges on the semester system or three payments at colleges on the quarter system).  You must meet all DSF requirements to qualify for a scholarship award each term.

DSF Scholarship award amounts may change annually.

When will my DSF Scholarship payment be sent to my college?

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.  Some colleges wait until 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) to report your enrollment information; DSF will then process scholarship awards within two weeks of receiving that information.

However, DSF must first confirm that you have:

  • Demonstrated financial need with a qualifying EFC (expected family contribution) if you are eligible for Federal Student Aid; or by qualifying for Free/Reduced Price meal benefits during high school, if you are ineligible for Federal Student Aid; and
  • Enrolled full-time (12 credit hours or more) at an eligible DSF partner college; and
  • Completed all financial aid requirements, if you are eligible for Federal Student Aid, or if you are ineligible for Federal Student Aid, complete all requirements to be considered for institutional financial aid and ASSET, if applicable, by July 15, 2018 for the 2018-19 academic year; and
  • Met Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) requirements at your college; and
  • Met all Student Success Requirements (SSR) in the previous term, if required.
  • Submit a College Choice Form (CCF) through the DSF Student Portal at portal.denverscholarship.org no later than July 15, 2018 for the 2018-19 academic year; or

NOTE:  If you transfer colleges, you must meet all the requirements above along with the transfer requirements described below.

  • Complete the Mid-Year Transfer Form with the Campus Contacts at both colleges and submit to DSF no later than February 1, 2018 for the winter/spring term.

Scholarship awards cannot be processed until we confirm all requirements are met, so DSF Scholarship awards may not be received 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.

How will I get my scholarship check?

If you qualify for a scholarship award, the scholarship check is sent directly to your college.  The scholarship award is first applied to the amount due on your college account (for tuition, fees, etc.). If there is an amount remaining after the scholarship is applied to your tuition or if you did not have an outstanding balance, your college will refund the balance to you.

Why is the DSF Scholarship not showing up on my financial aid award letter?

The DSF Scholarship may not appear on your award letter until we have verified you meet all deadlines and requirements and after DSF has sent your scholarship check to your college. Click on “When will my DSF Scholarship payment be sent to my college?” above to see what requirements we must confirm with your college before an award is processed.

What happens to my scholarship if I add or drop classes?

You should notify both DSF and the Office of Financial Aid at your college when your enrollment level changes.  If your enrollment level changes after DSF made a scholarship payment during an academic term, the award amount may be adjusted.

  • If your enrollment level increases, DSF may make an additional scholarship payment, which will vary depending on your enrollment level.  DSF will need to confirm your enrollment increase directly with your college.
  • If your enrollment level decreases or if you completely withdraw from classes, the college will return funds to DSF in accordance with their institutional award and refund policy.  You may be required to re-pay these funds to the college.  DSF’s Refund Policy is based on the refund policy each college has in place.  If you have questions about your school’s refund policy, contact the Office of Financial Aid at your college.

If I transfer, will my DSF Scholarship transfer to my new college?

DSF Scholars who are awarded a DSF Scholarship during the Fall 2018 term may be considered for a Winter/Spring award at a different DSF partner college if they transfer and submit the Mid-Academic Year Transfer Form to DSF by February 1, 2019 and the following conditions are met:

  • A transfer is required to stay on track for your degree pathway:
    • You graduated with a certificate, AAS, or associate’s degree in the Fall or Winter term and are transferring to a different DSF partner college to continue on your program’s degree path in the Winter or Spring term; or
    • You have completed all basic requirements at your current institution and must transfer to a different DSF partner college to complete your degree program (i.e. completed all course requirements at a 2-year institution and transferring to a 4-year institution to stay on track for a bachelor’s degree); or
    • After careful consideration of the potential impact of your transfer, you have decided that transferring to a different partner college will better allow you to stay on track for your degree based on academic/financial/social fit.
  • You received a DSF Scholarship award in the Fall term (or the only reason you did not qualify for a Fall award was because your years of eligibility at your Fall college type had expired); and
  • You met Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) during the Fall term; and
  • You completed your DSF Student Success Requirement (SSR) during the Fall term; and
  • You completed your financial aid file at your new institution by February 1.

The Mid-Year Transfer Form requires the signatures of the Campus Contacts from both your Fall/Winter college and your new college certifying that your transfer is required to stay on track for your degree pathway.  It also requires the signature of a representative of the Financial Aid Office at your Winter/Spring college confirming that you are on track to complete your financial aid requirements by February 1.

I’m a 2017 or 2018 Cohort DSF Scholar and I’m enrolled in 15 credits this term. Am I eligible to be considered for an increased DSF scholarship award?

Yes!  To encourage DSF Scholars to complete their degrees on time, Scholars in the 2017 and later cohorts may qualify to receive an credit completion incentive award payment, in addition to your DSF award, if you enroll in and successfully complete 15 or more credit hours in the current term at a community college or 4-year college/university.  The award chart shows the credit completion incentive award amounts for each type of degree program.  Click here for more details about credit completion awards.

NOTE: DSF will confirm your successful completion of 15+ credits with your college’s office of financial aid at the end of each term, and will then send your additional award.

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