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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:
A FSA ID will allow you to submit an online FAFSA, electronically "sign" your FAFSA, make changes to your application information, etc.
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.
Be sure to include DePaul's school code (001671) in the school section portion of the FAFSA.
Log in to the FAFSA website or call the U.S. Department of Education at (800) 433-3243.
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.
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 2019-2020 Verification for more information.
If you decide to enroll in summer courses, we need you to do a few things first.
If you have questions about filing the FAFSA, please contact the Office of Financial Aid for assistance.
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.
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.
Additional information on maintaining financial aid eligibility is available in Maintaining Eligibility.
Students pursuing a second undergraduate degree:
Students returning for a second undergraduate degree program are eligible for consideration only in the Federal Direct Student Loan program and Private Educational loan programs. When determining overall financial aid eligibility for a second undergraduate degree, there are two lifetime limit regulations students must consider:
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.
Students pursuing post-baccalaureate coursework to prepare for entrance into a graduate program:
Approved post-baccalaureate graduate preparatory study is treated as fifth-year undergraduate study for purposes of federal financial aid loan limits and dependency. Federal student loan eligibility in graduate preparatory coursework is limited to 12 consecutive months, regardless of the program length or the number of courses required. For more information on undergraduate-level federal loans, please refer to Federal Direct Loans on this site, or visit Federal Student Aid.
To qualify for financial aid consideration, you must be accepted into an approved DePaul graduate preparatory program or, you must be designated by the DePaul Graduate School as a student approved to take undergraduate coursework to prepare for entry into a DePaul graduate program. You must also be in good academic standing; you must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as an undergraduate student for the academic year in which you are enrolling; and you must meet all federal financial aid eligibility requirements. If you are enrolling in a graduate preparatory study for entry into an approved DePaul graduate program, you may need to complete additional documentation: please contact the Office of Financial Aid at DePaul Central for assistance.
Graduate students pursuing a graduate post-baccalaureate certificate approved under the gainful employment provisions:
Students enrolled in graduate non-degree certificate programs that have been approved for graduate-level funding under the gainful employment provisions are eligible to be considered for graduate-level federal student aid. For more information on graduate-level federal loans, please refer to Federal Direct Loans on this site, or visit Federal Student Aid.
Graduate students pursuing a graduate post-baccalaureate teacher-preparation certificate in the College of Education:
College of Education financial aid-eligible post-baccalaureate graduate teacher-certificate programs are treated as fifth-year undergraduate programs for purposes of federal financial aid loan limits and dependency status. For more information on undergraduate-level federal loans, please refer to Federal Direct Loans on this site, or visit Federal Student Aid.
To qualify for financial aid consideration, you must be accepted to a financial aid-eligible post-baccalaureate non-degree teacher preparation graduate program and be in good academic standing; you must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA); and you must meet all federal financial aid eligibility requirements.
For more information on College of Education financial aid-eligible post-baccalaureate graduate teacher certification programs, please see the College of Education website or request more information from the Office of Financial Aid at DePaul Central.