Financial FAQ

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Financial Aid

How do I apply for financial aid?

In preparation for completing the Financial Aid Application, first address the following items:

  • When you submit your application for admission, you will receive an automated email that will include your DIU student ID number. You will need your ID number to complete your Financial Aid Application.
  • Determine your financial need:
    • Identify your study plan at DIU
    • Calculate your school costs per term. (See the Net Price Calculator.)
    • Estimate your living expenses. (See What will it cost?.)
    • Consider the resources you have available and how much more will be needed to pay for your studies.

Complete and submit your Financial Aid Application.

When should I apply?

Your best opportunity for Financial Aid is by applying before the April 1 deadline for the next award year. Financial aid award years run from May term through the following Spring semester. You may still apply if you miss the deadline, but aid covering the remainder of the award year will be distributed as funds are available.

Do I need to be admitted to DIU before I can apply for financial aid?

No. However, before you apply for financial aid, you must submit your application for admission to DIU. After submitting your application for admission, you will receive an email with your DIU student ID number to use in your Financial Aid Application.

What will financial aid cover?

DIU offers several need-based scholarships for students including international students.

Most scholarships cover a percentage of tuition, unlikely to exceed 40%. A few special scholarships cover a larger percentage of expenses.

Do I need to have a certain GPA in order to qualify?

Not necessarily. Only a few of the financial aid scholarships require a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher.

Who qualifies for financial aid?

Any DIU student with financial need may apply for financial aid.

Do I need to be enrolled full-time, or can I be a part-time student?

It doesn’t matter if you are a full-time or part-time student. Some special scholarships require full-time enrollment, but most scholarships do not.

When do I know if I will receive financial aid?

Financial aid awards for the upcoming award year will be announced by mid-April for those who applied by the April 1 deadline. Those who apply for financial aid after the deadline will learn of their award covering the remainder of the award year within a month or two of their application and certainly before their first term at DIU.

Where should I look for other funding?

In addition to applying for DIU financial aid, students are encouraged to check out the outside scholarships page for information on non-DIU scholarships.

Can I use Veterans benefits to pay for my DIU education?

Yes. We are fully certified to accept G. I. Bill benefits. Contact for more information.

Do I need to apply each term for financial aid at DIU?

No, this is no longer the case. However, you do need to submit a Financial Aid application for each award year. DIU scholarships apply to a full year, starting with May term and ending with the following Spring semester.

Do I need to reapply for financial aid if I postpone my entry date?

Possibly. Financial aid is awarded on a yearly basis. The award year covers May term through Spring semester of the following year. If you have been awarded financial aid for an award year, you can start in any term of that award year without needing to reapply for financial aid. If you postpone your entry date to a term in a future award year, you will need to apply for financial aid for that award year. All students are expected to apply for financial aid for each award year.

Do I need to reapply for financial aid if I return after a leave of absence?

Financial aid at DIU is now awarded on a yearly basis. If you have been awarded financial aid for the award year in which you intend to return, you do not need to reapply for financial aid for that award year. All students are expected to apply for financial aid for each award year.


E.g. if you have been awarded financial aid for May through Spring and you are taking a break with the intention to return to study in that Spring semester, there is no need to reapply for financial aid for that award year.

Once I have been awarded financial aid at DIU, what do I need to do to keep it?

There are varying requirements depending on the scholarship terms. The basic requirements are:

  • accepting the scholarship by agreeing to the DIU Financial Aid Scholarship Terms Agreement, and
  • providing information for a thank-you note to the scholarship donor.

Some special scholarships will require very specific terms in order to maintain your scholarship. Once you have accepted the terms and provided information for a thank-you note, your DIU financial aid will be set for the remainder of the award year.

I can’t find a FAFSA code for DIU. Does DIU have one?

DIU has chosen not to participate in FSA programs like direct or campus-based loans or Federal Work-Study and therefore we do not have a FAFSA code.  However, the US Department of Education has designated DIU as an eligible institution for Federal Student Aid (FSA) and students attending DIU to receive deferments on existing FSA program loans and be eligible for the Lifetime Learning Scholarship tax credit on their federal taxes. If this would apply to you write to for instructions on deferments of loans or tax credit issues.

Other Financial Questions

When do I pay tuition and fees?

Tuition is due at registration for on-site courses, but one week early for online courses. Dallas International prefers to have payment up front for the entire term, but it is possible to set up a payment plan for an additional fee. Visit our Payment Plans page for more information.

How do I pay tuition and fees?

Visit our How to Pay page for complete information about paying your tuition.

Can I pay my tuition and fees with a credit card?

The preferred way to make your payment is to pay with an Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) and there is no convenience fee.  Click on the Payments page and then click on the EFT button.

We do accept credit/debit card payments through PayPal. However, students who pay their tuition and/or fee obligations by credit/debit card through PayPal will be charged with an additional convenience fee of 3% of their total charges.

Or you can pay check. Make checks payable to Dallas International. Please write your name and the term on the memo line (e.g., John Smith Fall 2018). You can pay in person at the Finance office (Pike 112) or mail your payments to:

Attention: Dallas International Cashier
Dallas International University
7500 W. Camp Wisdom Road

Dallas, TX 75236

If you have further questions view the Payments page for more information on how to pay.

Can I pay in installments if I can’t pay the full amount at the beginning of a term?

Yes, the Pay-By-Session Plan allows you to pay each session for only those courses which begin with that session. However, this entails additional fees. You can check it out further at the Payment plans page.