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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.
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DePaul awards more than $33 million in scholarships to incoming freshman students each year, and more than $11 million in need-based gift aid on an annual basis.
By submitting an updated FAFSA to DePaul, you will be considered for additional grant funds. In recent years, new freshman students have received financial aid award packages of up to $38,400 annually.
If you’re applying to enroll in the Fall Quarter, you will automatically be considered for freshman academic scholarships of up to $23,000 annually when you complete your application.
DePaul Freshman Scholarships
Award Amount: $14,000 to $23,000
Applying. You’re automatically considered for one of our four academic scholarships (Presidential Scholarship, Deans’ Scholarship, DePaul Scholars’ Award, St. Vincent DePaul Scholarship) 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 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 maintain good academic standing. You must be enrolled full time each quarter and complete a minimum of 36 quarter hours for the Fall, Winter and Spring quarters.
Catholic Heritage Scholarship (The Illinois Catholic High School Scholarship)
Award Amount: $20,000
Any graduate of a Catholic high school in Illinois with a 3.7 GPA or higher who is admitted as a full-time freshman will be awarded a $20,000 scholarship, beginning in fall of 2019. This scholarship is renewable for four years based on satisfactory academic performance and progress, bringing the total award to $80,000. Students who demonstrate exceptional academic achievement may receive a larger award. This scholarship may not be combined with other DePaul scholarships except for the Provost’s Achievement Award. Eligible students also may qualify for need-based financial aid.
Chicago Promise Scholarship (The Chicago Public School Scholarship)
Award Amount: $20,000
Any graduate of a Chicago Public high school with a 3.7 weighted GPA or higher who is admitted as a full-time freshman will be awarded a $20,000 scholarship, beginning in fall of 2019. This scholarship is renewable for four years based on satisfactory academic performance and progress, bringing the total award to $80,000. Students who demonstrate exceptional academic achievement may receive a larger award. This scholarship may not be combined with other DePaul scholarships except for the Provost’s Achievement Award. Eligible students also may qualify for need-based financial aid.
Provost’s Achievement Award
Award Amount: $3,000
Students who have been selected as a National Merit Scholarship Program Semifinalist are eligible for the Provost’s Achievement Award. This award is renewable for four years and can be combined with an academic scholarship.
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. Learn more about opportunities here.
We offer six different service and leadership scholarships with award amounts ranging from $10,000 to full tuition. 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 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.
Award Amount: $10,000.00
To be considered, you must be admitted to DePaul as a first year student and as a declared Art, Media and Design major by February 1. To apply, go to depaul.academicworks.com and login using your Campus Connect user ID and password. You will first need to fill out the "General Application" and then should upload a portfolio containing 10 digital files as follows: nine digital images (one for each of your artworks) and one digital file with your name and resume. All submissions are due by February 1, 2018.
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. Submissions uploaded 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, 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 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.
DePaul awards more than $5 million in scholarships to enrolled transfer students each year, and more than $37 million in need-based gift aid on an annual basis.
By submitting an updated FAFSA to DePaul, you will be considered for additional grant funds. In recent years, new transfer students have received financial aid award packages of up to $30,000 annually.
If you're applying to enroll in the Fall, Winter or Spring quarters, you will automatically be considered for academic scholarships of up to $15,000 annually when you complete your application. You may be awarded either a DePaul Transfer Scholarship or a DePaul Admission Partnership Program (DAPP) Scholarship based on your academic record at the time of admission. Recipients of the DePaul Transfer scholarships or DAPP scholarships who are also members of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society may also receive a Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship in addition to their DePaul Transfer Scholarships or DAPP scholarships.
DePaul Transfer Scholarship
The DePaul Transfer Scholarships are awarded automatically, upon admission, to transfer students who demonstrate strong academic qualifications and who have completed at least 15 semester (22 quarter) hours at the time of admission to DePaul. Annual awards range from $9,000–$12,000 for students who are admitted with a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average. This award may be combined with the Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship as well as the Chicago Stars Scholarship, depending on eligibility.
DePaul Admission Partnership Program (DAPP) Scholarship
Students who are officially participating in the DePaul Admission Partnership Program qualify for a scholarship based on their successful completion of the program while demonstrating strong academic qualifications. Annual awards for admitted DAPP participants begin at $9,000.
To be eligible to receive this award, students must:
This award may be combined with the Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship as well as the Chicago STAR Scholarship, depending on eligibility. Please visit the DePaul Admission Partnership Program page for additional program details.
Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship
The Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Scholarship is awarded to members of the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society who have a 3.0 cumulative college grade point average and who have completed at least 15 semester (22 quarter) hours at the time of admission to DePaul. The annual award for PTK scholars is $1,000. This award may be combined with the DePaul Transfer Scholarship or the DAPP Scholarship, as well as with the Chicago STAR Scholarship, depending on eligibility. Note: membership in the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society is required.
Chicago STAR Scholarship
The Chicago STAR Scholarship is awarded to students who graduated from a CPS high school and enrolled into the City Colleges of Chicago’s STAR Scholar program. STARS Scholars who have completed at least 15 semester (22 quarter) hours at the time of admission to DePaul will automatically receive a $2,000 annual Chicago STAR Scholarship. This award may be combined with the DePaul Transfer Scholarship or the DAPP Scholarship, as well as with the Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship, depending on eligibility. For more information on the Chicago STAR Scholars program, visit pages.ccc.edu/apply.
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.
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.
If you are an adult student who has applied to or enrolled in one of our traditional (non-School of Continuing and Professional Studies) academic programs, please see the Transfer Student section of this page for scholarship opportunities applicable for you.
Decision Analytics and Healthcare Administration Majors – Bachelor of Arts
School of Continuing and Professional Studies students pursuing a bachelor of arts degree in Decision Analytics or a bachelor of arts degree in Healthcare Administration are eligible for SCPS and merit-based scholarships. Students may receive up to $3,000 annually based exclusively on their cumulative college grade point average from their most recently attended institution.
If you are applying to enroll in the Fall, Winter or Spring quarters to the School of Continuing and Professional Studies, you are 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.
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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.
Eligible alumni of any U.S. Catholic college or university can receive a 10% discount off of tuition for graduate and professional programs. Apply here.
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.
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.