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Types of Aid

Financial aid can come from many different sources: federal and state government, private associations and organizations, your employer and DePaul itself.

Financial aid is grouped into two main categories:

Gift aid is financial assistance that you do not have to repay. It's often awarded based on financial need or academic merit. It includes:

Self-help is financial assistance that must be repaid — or earned in work or volunteer hours. It includes:

Financial aid award packages usually consist of a combination of gift aid and self-help aid. Need help wading through the options? Contact the Office of Financial Aid to speak with a counselor.