Understand Cost of Attendance

DePaul's Office of Financial Aid uses what is called a "standard cost of attendance budget" to calculate your estimated educational costs. A standard cost of attendance budget represents typical costs for students during the academic year, based on anticipated enrollment and variables such as dependency status and living arrangements (on campus, off campus or with parents).

What's Included

This standard cost of attendance budget includes both direct and indirect educational costs for the nine-month academic year.

  • Direct costs: items that will be charged by DePaul, including tuition, fees and estimated on-campus room and board.
  • Indirect costs: items such as books and supplies, off-campus housing, transportation and personal expenses. These are estimates based on average expenses incurred by students in the Chicago area. Indirect costs are not paid to the university.

Estimated Expenses for Undergraduate Students

Below are typical standard undergraduate costs of attendance budgets for the 2016-17 academic year. These budgets represent estimated average costs for undergraduate students attending full time during the academic year, based on dependency status and living arrangements indicated on the FAFSA.

Your actual costs may vary from the standard cost of attendance below depending on your academic program, course load, housing arrangements and individual circumstances.

Dependent undergraduate on campus or in off-campus housing Dependent undergraduate living with parents Independent undergraduate on campus or in off-campus housing Independent undergraduate living with parents
Tuition and Fees Click here for Student Accounts Click here for Student Accounts Click here for Student Accounts Click here for Student Accounts
Books and Supplies $1,104 $1,104 $1,104 $1,104
Room and Board $13,387 $1,548 $13,387 $1,548
Transportation/Misc. $2,364 $2,550 $2,364 $2,550
Average Loan Fees $70 $70 $118 $118

Estimated Expenses for Graduate Students

Below are typical standard costs of attendance budgets for graduate and professional students. These budgets represent estimated average costs for graduate or professional students attending full time during the academic year. Your actual costs may vary from the standard cost of attendance reflected below, depending on your academic program, your course load, your housing arrangements and your individual circumstances.

Graduate student on campus or in off-campus housing Professional student on campus or in off-campus housing
Tuition and Fees Click here for Student Accounts Click here for Student Accounts
Books and Supplies $552 $1,480
Room and Board $14,169 $14,170
Transportation/Misc. $5,562 $5,562
Average Loan Fees $207 $208
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