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Understand Cost of Attendance

​The Office of Financial Aid uses a “standard cost of attendance budget” to calculate your estimated educational costs. This represents typical costs for students during the nine-month academic year based on anticipated enrollment, dependency status, and living arrangements (on campus, off campus or with parents).

What’s Included

  • Direct costs (items charged by DePaul):
    • tuition,
    • fees, and
    • estimated on-campus room and board.
  • Indirect costs (items not paid to DePaul)*:
    • books and supplies,
    • off-campus housing,
    • transportation, and
    • personal expenses.

*These are estimates based on average expenses incurred by students in the Chicago area.

Estimated Expenses for Undergraduate Students

These budgets represent estimated average costs for undergraduate students attending full time during the academic year, based on dependency status and living arrangements indicated on the FAFSA.

Your actual costs may vary from the standard cost of attendance below depending on your academic program, course load, housing arrangements and individual circumstances.

Dependent living in on-campus or off-campus housing Dependent living with parents Independent living in on-campus or off-campus housing Independent living with parents
Tuition and Fees Click here for Student Accounts Click here for Student Accounts Click here for Student Accounts Click here for Student Accounts
Books and Supplies $1,104 $1,104 $1,104 $1,104
Room and Board $14,736 $1,911 $14,736 $1,911
Transportation/Misc. $2,364 $2,550 $2,364 $2,550
Average Loan Fees $78 $78 $123 $123

Estimated Expenses for Graduate & Professional Students

These budgets represent estimated average costs for graduate or professional students attending full time during the academic year.

Your actual costs may vary from the standard cost of attendance reflected below, depending on your academic program, your course load, your housing arrangements and your individual circumstances.

Graduate student living in on-campus or off-campus housing Professional student living in on-campus or off-campus housing
Tuition and Fees Click here for Student Accounts Click here for Student Accounts
Books and Supplies $552 $1,480
Room and Board $14,620 $14,620
Transportation/Misc. $5,676 $5,678
Average Loan Fees $210 $212