DePaul University > Admission & Aid > Financial Aid > Manage Costs

Manage Costs

Maintain steady progress toward your degree by avoiding costly withdrawals and using DePaul's tuition package plan. You can control your educational costs and reduce student loan borrowing. Here are some suggestions:

Use the savings in your tuition plan.

Most full-time undergraduate students in traditional colleges are charged the same price whether they enroll in 12, 15 or 18 credit hours (tuition package plan). Using your tuition plan wisely can save money and accelerate your time to degree. For example, taking 12 credit hours per quarter for one academic year will extend the time it takes you to graduate by at least one quarter, even if you are an excellent student. Graduate and professional students are charged tuition rates according to their program and enrollment status.

Use your academic planning tools.

Avoid paying for unneeded courses by meeting with your academic advisor early and often to make sure you understand your program requirements. Use your degree progress report to make good enrollment decisions.

Most financial aid eligibility is based on projected full-time enrollment. If you receive grants, you may receive a reduced amount if you enroll for fewer than 15 hours. Loan programs are not typically reduced in this way—if you participate in the loan programs, try not to borrow more than you need, even if it’s offered to you. You can always request to reduce your loan amount.

Avoid costly withdrawals.

Withdrawing from courses especially after the add/drop date, prolongs your education and dramatically increases the cost of your education because of additional tuition costs and delayed graduation. This could also affect your financial Satisfactory Academic Progress and impact future financial aid eligibility. Don't withdraw or drop courses if you can avoid it. If you are struggling in a course, DePaul offers many tutoring and academic support resources free of charge, including for specific subjects, majors, and student populations.

Consider the lifetime financial aid maximums.

All financial aid programs have lifetime maximums. You can learn more about the maximums by visiting Lifetime Limits and Aggregate Maximums for Financial Aid Programs.