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Tuition and Aid

Graduate school is an investment in your future. The following information can help you make an informed decision about financing your graduate education.    

Tuition for graduate students in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences for the 2019-2020 academic year is $715 per quarter hour. Please visit the Student Financial Accounts website for additional information and fees.

A student loan is a form of financial aid that must be repaid with interest. Student loans are offered through the federal government direct loan program or through private lenders (also called alternative student loans).

Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan
Eligibility for unsubsidized direct loans is not based on financial need; however, you will still need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The direct loan limit is $20,500 per year as a graduate student. Direct loans borrowed after July 1, 2012 will be entirely unsubsidized, meaning that loans will accumulate interest while you are in school. However, you may either pay the interest while you are enrolled, or it will be accrued and capitalized to the principal. Repayment of the principal is deferred until you graduate or cease to be enrolled at least half time.

Federal Direct Grad Plus Loan
The Grad Plus Loan is a credit-based federal loan which requires students to be enrolled at least half time in a degree-seeking program. Students may borrow up to the estimated cost of attendance minus any other financial aid received.

This is a fixed-interest loan and repayment begins immediately after graduation or if the student withdraws or drops below half-time enrollment. A credit check and FAFSA are required.
U.S. citizens and permanent residents (green card holders) may apply for federal financial aid. Visit to complete the FAFSA online. You will need to complete a FAFSA for each academic year that you want to receive financial aid. DePaul's code is 001671.

Private educational loans are available from private lenders as another source of funding for students when federal funding does not fully cover the cost of attendance. Private educational loan lenders perform credit checks for eligibility.

The Office of Financial Aid website provides guidance on what to look for and what questions you should ask when researching private lenders. Visit the Types of Aid section of the financial aid website for more information.

Graduate students may be eligible for assistantships and/or scholarships. University-based graduate assistantships and scholarships are awarded by the individual academic departments. Funding is limited and highly competitive.

Graduate assistants typically complete up to 20 hours of weekly service for the academic department in exchange for a tuition waiver and stipend. Please note service hours and award amounts are different for each department.

The application process for graduate assistantships and scholarships also varies by department. Please visit the program website for application deadlines and more information.

Double Demon Scholarship

Any newly admitted student who has graduated from DePaul (has a degree conferred - bachelor's, master's or doctorate) will be eligible to receive a Double Demon Scholarship, as a 25% automatic discount, for any GRADUATE coursework they take after the degree is conferred. This includes degree coursework, certificate coursework and non-degree coursework. It does not include coursework from the Center for Professional Education (CPE), Institute for Professional Development (IPD), coursework in a doctoral program or a master of fine arts (MFA), Music, Theatre, Law and a few other select programs. The Double Demon Scholarship cannot be used in conjunction with any other institutional aid or discount. Should a student be offered any additional assistance from the University, the more advantageous of the two awards will be applied.For more information, contact the Office of Graduate Admission at or (773) 325-7315.

DePaul Graduate Award

DePaul offers a Graduate Award to new graduate students starting a School of Public Service program. The amount of $500 per course for the duration of the program (or a total of $6,500) will be awarded to new students. The DePaul Graduate Award cannot be used in conjunction with any other DePaul awards. Should a student be offered any additional assistance from the University, the more advantageous of the two awards will be applied. For details including eligibility requirements, please contact the Office of Graduate Admission at (773)325-7315 or

Graduate students are encouraged to seek additional funding from outside sources. A listing of scholarship search engines is available on the Office of Financial Aid website.

You may also contact any social, religious, military, or professional organizations with which you are affiliated to see if they sponsor scholarship programs.

Many employers offer a variety of tuition reimbursement or assistance programs to cover advanced education for their employees. To find out if you are eligible to receive employee tuition assistance, please contact your employer's human resource office. DePaul offers an extended payment plan option for students participating in an employer reimbursement program. For more information, visit the DePaul Central website.

If you are a veteran of U.S. military service, an eligible active-duty member of the military or an eligible dependent, you may qualify for Veteran's Affairs (VA) Educational Benefits. DePaul is also a proud participant in the Yellow Ribbon program. For more information, visit the Office of Financial Aid.

The federal government may cancel all or part of your student loan debt if you agree to work in certain fields, under certain conditions. Military service, teaching in low-income schools, public service or practicing medicine in some communities may qualify you for loan forgiveness. For more information, visit under the "Repay Your Loans" section.

To help fit the cost of graduate school in your budget, DePaul provides multiple methods of payment and payment plans.

Please note that the information provided is current as of April 2017 and is subject to change.

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College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

Office of Graduate Admission
2400 N. Sheffield Ave.
Chicago, IL 60614-3936
Phone: (773) 325-7315
Office Hours:
Monday-Friday • 9am-5pm CST