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Apply for Aid

Start with the FAFSA.

Apply for aid as soon as possible. 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 as soon as possible after October 1 each year. There are additional steps to apply for summer aid, which are explained in more detail below.

  • You (and your parent, if applicable) will use a Federal Student Aid ID, or FSA ID, to complete and electronically sign your FAFSA.
  • Find a full list of the documents you’ll need to complete the application at the FAFSA website. If you're a dependent student, your parent(s) will need to report financial information on your FAFSA.
  • Be sure to include DePaul's school code (001671) in the school section portion of the FAFSA.
  • 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.
  • Download the Financial Aid Next Step Reminders to help you keep your financial aid requirements organized.

Requesting Summer Aid.

If you decide to enroll in summer courses, we need you to do a few things first.

  • All summer students will need to complete an online summer application in Campus Connect, which is available each April.
  • If you’re new to DePaul, you’ll need to add our school code (001671) to your FAFSA
  • If you have additional questions about financial aid for the summer terms, take a look at our Summer Financial Aid FAQ.

Application Review Process.

Once your application is complete, our office reviews the information provided on your FAFSA. We use the EFC determined by the results of your FAFSA and estimate your educational costs, or Cost of Attendance, to determine financial need and offer financial aid.

It is possible that you may be randomly selected for a process called Verification after completing the FAFSA, and will need to document your income and submit other items as needed. We also may need to request documents if we come across inconsistencies in your application data. We identify and request required documentation in your To Do List in Campus Connect. See Frequently Asked Questions about 2022-2023 Verification for more information.

Your Financial Aid Offer.

After calculating your need and completing the review of any required documentation from your To Do list, we will put together your financial aid offer and send you an email notification. It will direct you to the Financial Aid tile within Campus Connect so that you can view the specific offers from financial aid programs for which you are eligible.

You must accept online the financial aid offers you wish to receive so we may request the funding on your behalf. Click the name of any financial aid offer for additional information on that program. Download the Financial Aid Guide to learn more.

We review applications and package financial aid offers on a rolling basis throughout the academic year. If you have any questions, contact us for assistance.