Before you can be considered for financial aid, you must be admitted to DePaul as a degree seeking student. If you are just beginning the admission process to DePaul and you wish to apply for financial aid, you should start the aid process as soon as possible after beginning the admission process.
Financial aid applicants must meet the federal eligibility requirements for aid, and if asked, provide documents as needed to support eligibility:
- You must be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen.
- You must be accepted and currently active in an eligible degree program or graduate preparatory program.
- 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 – that is, at least a minimum of six credit hours per quarter for undergraduate students. Your classes must be taken for credit; audited classes are not eligible for aid.
- 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.
- For complete information about federal eligibility requirements, including information about any prior drug conviction and federal student aid eligibility, please refer to the Federal Student Aid website.
The first step is to get a FAFSA PIN
(personal identification number). A FAFSA PIN lets you apply, "sign" your online FAFSA, make changes to your application information, and more.
Next, collect the documents you need to complete the FAFSA; you'll find a full list of these documents at the FAFSA web site. If you haven't filed your taxes yet, you can estimate the tax information, and then make corrections after your taxes are filed.
Be sure to keep copies of all of your documents. Be sure to include DePaul in the school section of the FAFSA. DePaul school code for FAFSA is 001671.
The FAFSA becomes available on January 1 every year. Because many sources of funds are limited, or are subject to deadlines, it is important to file your FAFSA for the coming academic year as early as possible, and no later than March 1. For example, if you are applying for the academic year beginning in September 2014, it is important to file the FAFSA as soon as possible after January 1, 2014. If you have questions about the FAFSA filing dates, or you are unsure when to file your FAFSA, please contact DePaul's Office of Financial Aid for assistance.
The Federal Student Aid Processor will nofify you via email when your application has been processed. Your FAFSA results also will be sent at the same time to DePaul’s Office of Financial Aid. To check on your FAFSA status, log on to the FAFSA website
or call the U.S. Department of Education at 1-800-433-3243.
Once your FAFSA has been processed, be sure to review it online for accuracy. Make any necessary corrections. Be sure to act promptly on any special instructions. We will also email you if any additional action is required of you.
Your processed FAFSA will contain your Expected Family Contribution (EFC). The EFC is a measure of your family's financial strength and indicates how much of your and your family's financial resources should be available to pay for your educational expenses. Your EFC is calculated by a formula established by the federal government.
Other Considerations in the Financial Aid Application Process: Verification
The U.S. Department of Education and the Illinois Student Assistance Commission asks us to verify FAFSA information for a group of students they select each year. If you are selected for verification, we will ask you to document your income and submit other verification items as needed. Your To Do Summary in Campus Connection
will reflect items that you will need to submit if you are selected for verification. Be sure to send us these documents according to the deadline we provide so we can consider you for all financial aid programs. Carefully review the Frequently Asked Questions about Verification
*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.
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 check with the Office of Financial Aid to discuss funding for additional majors, minors or concentrations.