Apply for Aid

When should you start applying for aid? As soon as possible — after you apply to DePaul.

Start with the FAFSA. You'll automatically be considered for most types of aid when you complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). To ensure full consideration, complete your FAFSA by the dates below:

  • Complete the 2016-17 FAFSA now if you are applying for the academic year beginning in September 2016 (2016-17 academic year)
  • Complete the 2017-18 FAFSA beginning October 1, 2016, if you are applying for the academic year beginning in September 2017 (2017-18 academic year)

Steps for Submitting the FAFSA

Apply for a Federal Student Aid ID.

A FSA ID will allow you to submit an online FAFSA, electronically "sign" your FAFSA, make changes to your application information, etc.​

Collect the documents you need to complete the FAFSA.

Find a full list of these documents at the FAFSA website. If you're a dependent student, your parent(s) will need to report financial information on your FAFSA.​

Complete the FAFSA.

Be sure to include DePaul in the school section of the FAFSA​.

Check your FAFSA status.

Log in to the FAFSA website or call the U.S. Department of Education at (800) 433-3243.​​

Review your processed FAFSA for accuracy.

The FAFSA result is called a Student Aid Report (SAR). The Federal Student Aid Processor will notify you via email when your SAR is processed. The results will also be sent to DePaul's Office of Financial Aid and other schools you listed on your FAFSA. ​​

Make any necessary corrections, and act promptly on any special instructions.

Monitor your email and your Campus Connect "To-Do" list. If we need additional information from you, we will let you know by email and add a new item in your Campus Connect​ "To-Do" list.

It is possible that you may be randomly selected for verification, and will need to document your income and submit other items as needed. See Frequently Asked Questions about Verification for more information. ​​

If you have questions about filing the FAFSA, please contact the Office of Financial Aid for assistance.

Eligibility

Before you can be considered for financial aid, you must be admitted to DePaul as a degree-seeking student, a non-degree aid-eligible graduate student, or a post-baccalaureate non-degree graduate prep student. In addition, you must meet the federal eligibility requirements for aid.

Federal Eligibility Requirements

You must meet all federal eligibility requirements. To learn more about these eligibility requirements, including information about any prior drug conviction and intellectual disabilities, please refer to student.ed.gov/eligibility.

  • You must be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen.
  • You must be accepted and currently active in an eligible degree program, an aid-eligible non-degree graduate program, or approved post-baccalaureate non-degree graduate preparatory coursework. (For a complete list of non-degree graduate programs that have been approved by the U.S. Department of Education for federal financial aid, please see Non-Degree Graduate Programs Approved for Federal Financial Aid.)
  • You must have a high school diploma or General Educational Development (GED) certificate, or have completed a high school education in a homeschooled setting approved under state law. (Students who do not meet these eligibility requirements should contact the Office of Financial Aid for assistance.)
  • For most financial aid programs, and for loan deferment, you must enroll in your program at least half time. Your classes must be taken for credit and must be part of your degree or aid-eligible non-degree graduate program or approved post-baccalaureate non-degree graduate preparatory coursework. Audited courses are not eligible for financial aid consideration. In addition, if it is determined that you have completed your degree requirements, aid-eligible non-degree program, or your approved post-baccalaureate non-degree graduate preparatory coursework, or if you wish to repeat a course for which you have previously earned credit, your financial aid options are limited. Please contact the Office of Financial Aid​​ for more information.
  • You must be in satisfactory academic standing and making academic progress in your course of study.
  • You must not be in default on any federal loan or owe a repayment on any federal grant.
  • You must comply with all federal regulations governing Selective Service registration and use of funds for educational purposes.

Students in Special Degree Scenarios

Second undergraduate degree:
Students enrolling in a second undergraduate degree program are eligible for consideration only in the Federal Direct Student Loan program and Private Educational loan programs. Please note that the Federal Direct Student Loan Program has an aggregate loan limit for undergraduate studies. This limit is not extended for students returning for a second undergraduate degree. In addition, undergraduate financial aid has an overall maximum program length under the federal Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) policy. This limit is also not increased for a second undergraduate degree. If you have questions about your financial aid options for the second undergraduate degree, contact the Office of Financial Aid.


Undergraduate students pursuing a double major and/or multiple concentrations:
Undergraduate students pursuing a double major and/or multiple academic concentrations should be aware that federal, state and institutional funding availability is limited for optional elective courses. Financial aid participants should contact the Office of Financial Aid​​ to discuss funding for additional majors, minors or concentrations. ​​