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Qualify for Aid

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

To receive financial aid, you must meet the following federal eligibility requirements:

  • 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. (See Non-Degree Graduate Programs Approved for Federal Financial Aid for a complete list of non-degree graduate programs that have been approved by the U.S. Department of Education for federal financial aid.)
  • You must have a high school diploma, General Educational Development (GED) certificate, or have completed a high school education in a homeschooled setting approved under state law.
  • You must enroll in your program at least half time for most financial aid programs and for loan deferment.
  • You must enroll in courses that are part of your degree or aid-eligible non-degree graduate program or approved post-baccalaureate non-degree graduate preparatory coursework. If it is determined that you have completed your requirements, or if you wish to repeat a course for which you have previously earned credit, your financial aid options are limited.
  • You must enroll in courses that earn credit.
  • You must be in satisfactory academic standing and in compliance with the Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) requirements.
  • 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.
  • You must maintain eligibility to continue receiving financial aid throughout your career at DePaul.

Students in Special Degree or Approved Non-Degree Scenarios

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:

  1. 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.
  2. The Federal Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) policy has an overall maximum program length for undergraduate financial aid that is applied when considering attempted credits towards any 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.

Graduate Non-Degree Study Approved for Federal Student Aid

Review your financial aid eligibility requirements if you are pursuing:

  • post-baccalaureate coursework to prepare for entrance into a graduate program,
  • a graduate post-baccalaureate certificate approved under the gainful employment provisions, or
  • ​a graduate post-baccalaureate teacher-preparation certificate in the College of Education.