Scholarships

​DePaul awards more than $26 million in scholarships each year

Scholarships are gift aid — you do not have to repay them or earn them by working. They are awarded for academic excellence, strong leadership, service to your community and artistic talent.

Find your student type to learn more about your options.

Incoming Freshman

Academic Scholarships

Academic scholarships are based on your academic achievement in high school.

Applying. You're automatically considered for academic scholarships when you apply to DePaul. You do not need to submit a separate application. However, priority consideration is given to students who submit their admission applications by November 15 — so be sure to apply to by this date. If you earn an academic scholarship, we'll notify you in your acceptance packet.

(Note: Students admitted to the School of Music or The Theatre School are not eligible for the academic scholarships listed below. Please see "Talent Scholarships" for opportunities within the School of Music and The Theatre School.)

Renewing. Academic scholarships may be renewed for up to four consecutive years (12 quarters) of undergraduate study if you meet the scholarship's requirements. You must be enrolled full ​time each quarter and complete a minimum of 36 quarter hours for the Fall, Winter and Spring quarters.

Presidential Scholarship
Award Amount: $17,000 - $18,000
The Presidential Scholarship, DePaul's most prestigious scholarship, is awarded to a select number of our most academically qualified admitted students. For renewal, current DePaul students must maintain a 3.3 grade point average. 
Deans' Scholarship 
Award Amount: $16,000 - $17,000
The Deans' Scholarship is awarded to students who demonstrate an exceptional level of achievement as measured by outstanding academic performance. For renewal, current DePaul students must maintain a 3.0 grade point average.
DePaul Scholars' Award 
Award Amount: $15,000 - $16,000
The DePaul Scholars' Award is given to students who have strong academic credentials and have performed above average compared with others in our applicant pool. For renewal, current DePaul students must maintain a 2.7 grade point average.
St. Vincent de Paul Scholarship 
Award Amount: $7,000 - $14,000
The St. Vincent de Paul Scholarship is awarded to students who have performed well in high school and have strong academic credentials. For renewal, current DePaul students must maintain a 2.5 grade point average.
​School of Accountancy and MIS Scholarships
Award Amount: Varies
Students intending to major in Accounting or Management Information Systems (MIS) are eligible for the School of Accountancy's four-year renewable scholarships provided by its alumni association, Ledger & Quill, as well as generous alumni and firms. The School of Accountancy will contact candidates for a required interview. Candidates also must file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)​​. Recipients are required to participate in the Strobel Honors Accounting Program and maintain dean's list standing.

Service and Leadership Scholarships

Service and leadership scholarships are available to admitted students with an exceptional record of community service and are designed to prepare you for socially responsible leadership. Once you have been admitted, you will receive detailed information on each scholarship opportunity as well as application instructions. If you'd like to browse our opportunities, you may learn more​.

We offer seven service and leadership scholarships with award amounts ranging from $8,500 - $21,000. Service and leadership scholarships may be renewed for up to four consecutive years (12 quarters) of undergraduate study if you meet the requirements of each scholarship. 

Talent Scholarships

Talent scholarships are based on artistic, musical and theatrical ability/potential.

Applying. If you're a freshman admitted for the Fall Quarter and intend to enroll in one of the academic programs detailed below, you may be considered for a talent scholarship. An audition, interview or portfolio is required.

Renewing. Talent scholarships may be renewed for up to four consecutive years (12 quarters) of undergraduate study if you meet the requirements listed under each scholarship. You must be enrolled full time each quarter in the corresponding major, maintain good academic standing and complete a minimum of 36 quarter hours for the Fall, Winter and Spring quarters.

Art Scholarship*
Award Amount: $2,500 - $5,000
To be considered, you must be admitted to DePaul as a declared Art, Media and Design major by February 1. The scholarship coordinator must receive your portfolio digitally via email by February 1. Your portfolio should contain 10 digital files as follows: nine digital images (one for each of your artworks) and one digital file with your name and resume. 
Each digital image should be saved as a JPEG file (100 dpi and no larger than 7 x 5 inches) and include your name, the title of the work, medium, size (h x w x d) and year completed. For your resume, please include your name and contact information, schools attended, art exhibitions you've participated in, awards you've received and any other art-related activities. If you submit a video file, use QuickTime and title the file using the same guidelines outlined above. Please send the digital files in one email to scholarship@depaul.edu​. Submissions emailed as a PowerPoint will not be accepted.
*Please note: the Art Scholarship cannot be combined with a service or leadership scholarship.
School of Music Award
Award Amount: Varies
If you apply to the School of Music by December 1, you'll automatically be considered once you've performed your entrance audition. The School of Music Award amounts will vary and will be determined by the musical and academic achievements of each applicant paired with the School of Music's ensemble and departmental needs. Award recipients must be music majors and audition for and perform (as assigned) in School of Music performance ensembles as determined by the ensemble conducting faculty. (Note: Ensemble participation is separate from the curriculum requirements.) Visit the School of Music website to schedule an audition and view audition requirements.
Theatre School Scholarship
Award Amount: Varies
If you apply to The Theatre School by January 15, you'll automatically be considered once you've completed all application requirements, including an audition or interview depending on your intended major. The Theatre School Scholarship award amounts will vary and will be determined on the basis of both academic qualifications and artistic talent as demonstrated in the entrance audition or interview. Auditions and interviews are held November through February. Visit the Theatre School website to schedule an audition or interview.

External Scholarships

External scholarships are offered by organizations and foundations outside DePaul. Some of the best resources for scholarships are organizations with which you or your family is associated (for example, parent's employer, ethnic heritage groups, Kiwanis club, nonprofit volunteer organizations, community organizations, high schools, etc.​). You can research these opportunities on scholarship search websites. Keep in mind that you should never pay a fee for scholarship search assistance. 

In addition, DePaul Scholarship Connect lists external scholarships that have been sent to our Office of Financial Aid. New opportunities are added frequently, so please check the site regularly.​


Transfer Student

Academic Scholarships

Academic scholarships are merit-based scholarships based on your previous collegiate academic achievement, as defined by your grade point average. 

(Note: Students admitted into the School of Music, The Theatre School and School for New Learning are not eligible for these awards. Non-degree students and students seeking readmission to DePaul are also ineligible for academic scholarships.) 

Applying. If you're applying to enroll in the Fall, Winter or Spring quarters, you're automatically considered for our academic scholarships when you submit your application. (Students admitted in the Summer Quarter are not eligible for these awards.) There are no separate applications required to be considered for these scholarships. You're considered for scholarships exclusively based on your cumulative college grade point average from all previously attended colleges and universities. Your high school academic performance will not be taken into consideration.
​​DePaul Transfer Scholarship
Award Amount: $3,000
The Transfer Scholarship is automatically awarded to students who have a 3.5 minimum cumulative GPA from their previous comprehensive college work, in addition to completing at least 15 semester (22 quarter) hours at the time of admission and 30 semester (44 quarter) hours of college credit at the time of enrollment at DePaul.
Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship
Award Amount: $3,000
The Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship may be awarded to members of the Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) international honor society who have a 3.5 minimum cumulative GPA from their previous comprehensive college work, in addition to completing at least 15 semester (22 quarter) hours at the time of admission and 30 semester (44 quarter) hours of college credit at the time of enrollment at DePaul. 
For Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship consideration, students must provide proof of membership in one of three ways:
  • Copy of PTK membership card
  • Copy of PTK membership certificate
  • Confirmation of PTK membership noted on official college transcript
​Proof of membership may be submitted via email to transferscholarship@depaul.edu​ or faxed to (312) 362-5749.
DAPP Scholarship
Award Amount: $3,000
The DAPP Scholarship may be awarded to eligible transfer students who are part of the DePaul Admission Partnership Program (DAPP). To apply you must:
  • Have a 3.0 minimum cumulative GPA from your prior college coursework
  • Have earned at least 15 cumulative semester hours of transfer credit at the time of admission
  • Demonstrate you will have at least 30 semester hours of credit completed at the time of enrollment at DePaul
  • File the FAFSA for the academic year in which you intend to enroll at DePaul and have the results sent to DePaul
Visit the DAPP Scholarship page to learn more. Note that students participating in DAPP are not eligible for the Transfer Scholarship.
Note:
Students admitted to the School of Music or Theatre School are not eligible for the academic scholarships listed; please see "​Talent Scholarships" for opportunities within the School of Music and The Theatre School. Students admitted to the School for New Learning are not eligible for the academic scholarships listed; please see "Adult Student" for opportunities within the School for New Learning. Non-degree and returning students are not eligible for merit-based scholarships; please see "External Scholarships" for additional opportunities.

External Scholarships

External scholarships are offered by organizations and foundations outside DePaul. Some of the best resources for scholarships are organizations with which you or your family is associated (for example, parent's employer, ethnic heritage groups, Kiwanis club, nonprofit volunteer organizations, community organizations, high schools, etc.). You can research these opportunities on scholarship search websites. Keep in mind that you should never pay a fee for scholarship search assistance. 

In addition, DePaul Scholarship Connect lists external scholarships that have been sent to our Office of Financial Aid​. New opportunities are added frequently, so please check the site regularly.

Talent Scholarships

Talent scholarships are based on artistic, musical and theatrical ability/potential.

Applying. If you're a transfer student admitted for the Fall Quarter and intend to enroll in one of the academic programs detailed below, you may be considered for a talent scholarship. An audition, interview or portfolio is required.

Renewing. Talent scholarships may be renewed for up to four consecutive years (12 quarters) of undergraduate study if you meet the requirements listed under each scholarship. You must be enrolled full time each quarter in the corresponding major, maintain good academic standing and complete a minimum of 36 quarter hours for the Fall, Winter and Spring quarters.

School of Music Award
Award Amount: Varies
If you apply to the School of Music by December 1, you'll automatically be considered once you've performed your entrance audition. The School of Music Award amounts will vary and will be determined by the musical and academic achievements of each applicant paired with the School of Music's ensemble and departmental needs. Award recipients must be music majors and audition for and perform (as assigned) in School of Music performance ensembles as determined by the ensemble conducting faculty. (Note: Ensemble participation is separate from the curriculum requirements.) Visit the School of Music website to schedule an audition and view audition requirements.
Theatre School Scholarship
Award Amount: Varies
If you apply to The Theatre School by January 15, you'll automatically be considered once you've completed all application requirements, including an audition or interview depending on your intended major. The Theatre School Scholarship award amounts will vary and will be determined on the basis of both academic qualifications and artistic talent as demonstrated in the entrance audition or interview. Auditions and interviews are held November through February. Visit the Theatre School website to schedule an audition or interview.

Current/Continuing Student

DePaul Scholarships

If you are a continuing student at DePaul, there are both institutional and donor-funded scholarships available from various academic and student service departments. You must complete an online scholarship application in order to be considered for most scholarship opportunities. 

Please visit DePaul Scholarship Connect, log in with your Campus Connect credentials and fill out the general application. Your college office or academic department may contact you throughout the year about program-specific scholarship opportunities available on the DePaul Online Scholarship Application

The general application should be completed each year after July 15. We highly recommended that you complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)​ every year, as many scholarships have financial need-based qualifications. The FAFSA is used to determine financial need. 

You may contact your academic department for specific scholarship questions, application start dates and deadlines.

Need-Based Scholarships

Need-based scholarships are awarded based on the need determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)​. You may complete the FAFSA application online. Please note that completing the FAFSA is not a requirement for all internal or external scholarships, but it can be an instrumental tool in the selection process. ​

External Scholarships

External scholarships are offered by organizations and foundations outside DePaul. Some of the best resources for scholarships are organizations with which you or your family is associated (for example, parent'​s employer, ethnic heritage groups, Kiwanis club, nonprofit volunteer organizations, community organizations, high schools, etc.​). You can research these opportunities on scholarship search websites. Keep in mind that you should never pay a fee for scholarship search assistance. 

In addition, DePaul Scholarship Connect lists external scholarships that have been sent to our Office of Financial Aid. New opportunities are added frequently, so please check the site regularly.​​


Adult Student

Academic Scholarships

Academic scholarships are merit-based scholarships based on your academic achievement at your previous college or university. There are a variety of scholarships available to you as an adult student in the School for New Learning (SNL). To learn about the application process in more detail, visit the School for New Learning Scholarships page. We also highly recommend completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible. 

(Note: If you are an adult student who has applied to or enrolled in one of our traditional (non-SNL) academic programs, please see the Transfer Student section of this page for appropriate scholarship opportunities.) 

Applying. If you're applying to enroll in the Fall, Winter or Spring quarters to the School for New Learning, you're automatically considered for academic and merit-based scholarships when you submit your application. (Students admitted in the Summer Quarter are not eligible for these awards.) Depending on your academic achievement and which program you are enrolling, you may be considered for the following scholarships:

Accelerated Adult Degree Completing Program Scholarships
Award Amount: $14,000 over two years
This award is available to students admitted into one of DePaul's Accelerated Adult Degree Completion programs. It is applied to tuition over the two-year schedule of your classes at DePaul. Please note that you must have earned an associate degree to be granted admission into an Accelerated Adult Degree Completion program and be considered for this scholarship. 
 For more information, please contact adultenrollment@depaul.edu or call (312) 362-8300.
School for New Learning (SNL) Student Scholarships
Award Amount: $3,000 annually
SNL scholarships are awarded to adult students entering the School for New Learning exclusively based on their cumulative college grade point average from their most recently attended institution. Visit the School for New Learning Scholarships page for more information.
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External Scholarships

External scholarships are offered by organizations and foundations outside DePaul. Some of the best resources for scholarships are organizations with which you or your family is associated (for example, parent's employer, ethnic heritage groups, Kiwanis club, nonprofit volunteer organizations, community organizations, high schools, etc.). You can research these opportunities on scholarship search websites. Keep in mind that you should never pay a fee for scholarship search assistance. 

In addition, DePaul Scholarship Connect lists external scholarships that have been sent to our Office of Financial Aid. New opportunities are added frequently, so please check the site regularly.​​


Graduate Student

DePaul Scholarships

Once you've been admitted or have enrolled in your graduate program, you will be considered for internal scholarships from DePaul. For more information, contact the program to which you have been admitted. ​

External Scholarships

External scholarships are offered by organizations and foundations outside DePaul. Some of the best resources for scholarships are organizations with which you or your family is associated (for example, parent'​s employer, ethnic heritage groups, Kiwanis club, nonprofit volunteer organizations, community organizations, high schools, etc.​). You can research these opportunities on scholarship search websites. Keep in mind that you should never pay a fee for scholarship search assistance. 

In addition, DePaul Scholarship Connect lists external scholarships that have been sent to our Office of Financial Aid. New opportunities are added frequently, so please check the site regularly.​​


Law Student

DePaul Scholarships

Once you've been admitted to the College of Law, you're automatically considered for DePaul-administered scholarships based upon your achievements, personal qualities and potential to contribute to the DePaul law community. Law scholarships range from a few thousand dollars to $30,000 per year. We do not award any full-tuition scholarships.

To help with the cost of your education, we strongly encourage you to submit your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)​​ as soon as possible. We also recommend searching and applying for external scholarships.

For more information about federal student loans, contact DePaul Central. ​


Alumni

Double Demon Scholarship

DePaul is committed to your continued professional and personal growth. Now, your status as an alumnus or alumna makes pursuing your educational goals more accessible and affordable.

This scholarship is available to DePaul alumni doing graduate work at DePaul. It covers 25 percent of the tuition for a master's degree, non-degree work or select certificate programs.*

Applying. Alumni from any of DePaul's colleges who are admitted into a graduate program — including degree, non-degree or select certificate programs* — automatically qualify for the Double Demon Scholarship. Both full-time and part-time students are eligible. No scholarship application is required.

Contact the admission office for your college of interest​​ to learn more.

(Note: This scholarship cannot be used in conjunction with other DePaul scholarships, waivers or awards. University employees are eligible for other tuition benefits and are not eligible. And it does not cover coursework from the Center for Professional Education (CPE), Institute for Professional Development (IPD), coursework in a doctoral program or a Master of Fine Arts (MFA), Music, Theatre, Law and a few other select programs.)

*Scholarship does not apply to all certificate programs. Please contact your college admission offices for more information.