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Admission, Expenses, Financial Aid


Admission Philosophy

DePauw is selective in admission, meaning that many more students apply than can be accommodated. We seek to determine those applicants who are academically capable of success at the University and select those who demonstrate the motivation to be actively engaged students and conributing members of the DePauw community. DePauw believes that a diverse student body not only enhances the learning environment, but also better prepares students to lead in a diverse workforce and society. Accordingly, DePauw admits qualified students from many environments, cultures and viewpoints whom we believe will contribute and enhance our learning community.

Detailed information about the required admission credentials which must be submitted and how to obtain them is detailed below. The purpose of this introduction is to help applicants and other interested parties understand the intellectual and personal attributes we seek in our students and how we ascertain those qualities from the application process.

There is no precise set of academic and personal credentials that will guarantee admission to DePauw University. In general, successful candidates demonstrate strong academic achievement, intellectual curiosity, the desire to learn from and with others in a collaborative setting, and a lively interest in taking advantage of the many campus opportunities for personal and social development. The greatest weight in the admission decision is given to evidence of superior academic accomplishment and a passion for learning.

The Admission Committee considers each applicant on an individual basis, and each is measured against important academic and personal standards in general as well as in relation to other applicants in a particular year. Specifically, the Admission Committee will evaluate each student’s academic potential as reflected on the high school transcript (and college transcripts if applying for transfer admission), and review his/her scores on the SAT I and/or ACT. The transcript is particularly important because it illustrates the rigor of the academic program as well as the grades earned in each course. It is the Admission Committee’s expectation that students will take as rigorous an academic program as they can handle and that it should include honors, AP and/or IB courses if offered. Although the Committee does not expect students to excel in all academic areas, we do expect students to challenge themselves and earn excellent grades. Successful candidates should take a minimum of five academic solids per semester, in each of their academic terms, and achieve at the A/B level.

SAT I and/or ACT scores are another important component of admission consideration. Because no two high schools are the same, standardized test scores help measure knowledge across the broad educational opportunities students experience in the United States and around the world. Although the single best predictor of academic success at DePauw University is the high school transcript, including both courses taken and grades earned, standardized testing can be helpful in substantiating student achievement.

Beyond the applicant’s academic record, the Admission Committee (and the DePauw faculty) is very interested in a prospective student’s facility with the written word. Applicants are asked to submit a personal essay. This writing sample is reviewed with interest, and the Admission Committee will evaluate each applicant on his/her ability to communicate their thoughts in writing. Both form and content are important. Students should focus on a subject of particular interest to them and write to the best of their ability, remembering that everyone’s work improves with advance preparation and revision.

The Admission Committee is also very interested in school and community involvement, as they demonstrate the level of activity a student is likely to pursue at DePauw. Examples of the kind of involvement we often see include school clubs and activities, athletics, music performance, community service, religious activities and/or part-time employment. There is no preference for one kind of activity over another. Rather, the Admission Committee looks for evidence that an applicant has made a significant contribution in one or more areas. In other words, peripheral involvement in a number of activities is not particularly compelling. We seek students who have substantive roles in a number of activities that hold meaning for them.

Admission interviews, although not required, are highly recommended for all applicants. It is an important way that students can personalize the admission process and breathe life into the information they provide on an application. Interviews may occur on campus during an admission visit; in the student’s home community in conjunction with an admission staff member’s visit; or over the telephone. Admission interviews at DePauw are evaluative, meaning the staff member is charged with finding out each applicant’s academic and personal goals, and exploring with them how or if those goals are well suited to DePauw University. Students are asked to respond to questions about their academic preparation and record, school and community involvements and goals for the future. Information gained during these interviews becomes part of the candidate's application and will be reviewed by the Admission Committee.

Recommendations from the applicant’s counselor and teachers are reviewed carefully as well; their insights into a student’s high school career are very helpful and provide additional context in which to evaluate a candidate.


Applying for Admission

Applicants to DePauw should demonstrate outstanding academic preparation. A high school diploma is not required for admission consideration but students should offer evidence of commensurate preparation. To ensure adequate academic preparation for success we recommend the following pattern of secondary school coursework:

  • four years of English, emphasizing literature and composition
  • three to four years of science (two or more laboratory sciences)
  • four years of mathematics
  • four years of social science
  • a minimum of two (preferably four) years of the same foreign language

Application Process

Candidates may complete a fee-waived online application at DePauw's admission website  or an application form may be downloaded for your convenience. DePauw is a member of the Common Application for Undergraduate College Admission, available online at, and the University welcomes its use.

To complete the application process, all candidates should submit the following materials to be received in the Admission Office by the appropriate due date:

  • Application for Admission
  • Essay
  • Official SAT I and/or ACT scores
  • Official high school transcript(s)
  • Secondary School Report
  • Application fee, if applicable
  • Official college transcript(s), if applicable
  • Early Decision Candidate's Agreement, if applicable

School of Music candidates must also complete an audition on campus for School of Music faculty. In the case of a student being unable to travel to campus for an audition, an audio tape recording may be submitted.

Transfer applicants must also submit:

  • Official college transcript(s) from each school attended
  • College Official's Report


Application for Admission Due Dates

Early Decision

November 1

Early Action

December 1

Regular Decision

February 1

Transfers June 10 for Fall Semester; January 10 for Spring Semester



Financial Aid Application Due Dates

Early Decision

January 5

Early Action

February 15

Regular Decision

February 15

Transfers Contact Financial Aid Office at 765-658-4030


Early Decision

Early Decision is an admission program designed to assist applicants who decide early in their senior year that DePauw is their first-choice college. It is expected that Early Decision candidates, if accepted, will attend DePauw and withdraw all applications pending elsewhere. The University takes this commitment seriously and expects that Early Decision applicants will do so as well. The non-refundable enrollment deposit that reserves a student's place in the class is due by February 15 for Early Decision applicants.

Early Action

Early Action candidates apply for admission by December 1 but have until May 1 to confirm their intention to enroll.

Regular Decision

Regular Decision candidates apply for admission by February 1 and, if admitted, have until May 1 to pay the non-refundable enrollment deposit that reserves their place in the class.

Enrollment Deposit

The enrollment deposit is due in the Admission Office no later than the date stipulated in the letter of admission. Enrollment deposits mailed after the due-date will be accepted only if space remains in the class. The enrollment deposit is credited against the first semester charges.


Transfer Students

Transfer students are encouraged to apply to DePauw University if they have achieved B grades or better in their college-level work. All materials noted above should be received in the Admission Office by June 10 for Fall semester admission, and January 10 for Spring semester admission. The non-refundable enrollment deposit is due on the date stipulated in the letter of admission. It is important to note that the University will not consider students for transfer admission who are not eligible to return to their previous institution for either academic or social reasons.

Final transfer credit evaluation will be made after official transcripts and course descriptions, if requested, are received by the Office of the Registrar. Credits are accepted for transfer only if granted by an accredited institution and carrying grades of C or above. For more complete information, see Section IV, Credit and Transfer Credit under Academic Policies of the University.

If additional transcripts of college-level work are presented that were not made available to the Admission Committee, the University reserves the right to deny transfer credit or to withdraw the student from the University if pertinent information has been withheld.

Applicants Without High School Diplomas

Early Admission is possible for highly qualified high school juniors who wish to forgo their senior year and enroll at DePauw without earning a high school diploma. A student considering Early Admission must present an excellent high school academic record and have the unqualified support of the secondary school and their family. An interview on campus with an admission officer is often required to assess the emotional, social and intellectual maturity of the applicant. Students enrolling without a high school diploma or GED must meet an Ability to Benefit test to qualify for federal and state financial aid funds.


Non-degree seeking students (special student status) other than international candidates apply for admission to the University through the Office of the Registrar.


International Students

International students are encouraged to apply for admission to DePauw University. All international students must take the SAT I or ACT to be considered for admission to DePauw, unless they reside in a country which does not offer the SAT or have been enrolled for at least four years in a school where the primary language of instruction is English. The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is required of all students. A minimum score of 560 paper-based, 220 computer-based, or 83 internet-based is required on the TOEFL, and a minimum score of 6.0 is required on the IELTS exam.

DePauw's scholarship funds for international students are limited, so most students should plan to assume full financial responsibility for the costs of their education. These costs include tuition, room and board, fees, books, the required University configured laptop computer, insurance, SEVIS fees, personal expenses and travel between their home and DePauw.

All international students are under the supervision of the Director of International Education and the International Student Advisor. DePauw University is authorized by the federal government to issue the I-20 and DS-2019 forms to international students who are admitted to the University and indicate their plans to enroll.

Students who are not U.S. citizens are admitted as:

  • regular degree candidates, or
  • special students and exchange students

Regular degree-seeking international students work toward the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Music degrees. Fees are the same as for U.S. degree candidates.

Special international students are not candidates for DePauw degrees but may transfer their DePauw credits toward a degree at another institution. Special international students are admitted to study at DePauw on a temporary basis (one or two semesters) and enroll in courses for credit. Such students may elect one course per semester on a Pass/Fail basis. The fee arrangements vary with each program, depending upon the agreement with the student's sending institution. All one-semester and one-year special international students live in on-campus housing while studying at DePauw. A certificate of attendance at DePauw is provided.

Exchange students are regularly enrolled degree candidates at their home universities who come to DePauw for one semester or one year as upper-class special students. They enroll for credit and transfer those credits back to their home institutions. The fee arrangements vary with each program, depending upon the exchange agreement. Regular exchange agreements exist with Waseda, Kansai Gaidai, Aoyama Gakuin and Nanzan universities in Japan; Tsinghua University in China; Koç University in Turkey; and Ewha Womans University in South Korea. All one-semester and one-year foreign-exchange students live in on-campus housing while studying at DePauw. A certificate of attendance at DePauw is provided.



Candidates who were previously enrolled at DePauw may apply for readmission through the Office of the Registrar. Readmission is evaluated on the basis of previous work done at DePauw, any subsequent course credits earned at another college or university, and other experiences since leaving DePauw. Medical and other information may be requested, and all previous financial obligations to the University must be paid in full before readmission will be considered. Deadline dates for readmission applications and accompanying documents are: July 1, for the fall semester; November 1, for Winter Term; and December 1, for the spring semester. Appropriate housing arrangements are made through the Student Life Office. Guidelines and application for readmission are available at

DePauw Four-Year Guarantee

The University guarantees graduation within four years of matriculation at DePauw in standard four-year degree programs. The student has primary responsibility for knowing the graduation requirements and planning adequately to meet them. Should a student follow the course of study agreed upon with his/her academic advisor and not be able to graduate within eight consecutive semesters, tuition will be waived for any subsequent course work necessary for graduation provided the student:

  • declares a major by the middle of the sophomore year and persists in that major,
  • completes a full-time course load with grades of C or higher for a total of 31 course credits over eight consecutive semesters and
  • adheres to the distribution and competence requirements.

With appropriate planning, most students can participate in special honors programs, pursue off-campus study opportunities and/or earn a minor or even a second major within four years. However, the guarantee applies only to the basic degree requirements for programs that require 31 courses. Certain specialized programs in the School of Music and dual degree programs are exempt. Although students planning to major in a biological or physical science do not need to declare their majors immediately, they must begin taking appropriate laboratory science courses upon matriculation.


Ninth Semester Financial Aid Policy

DePauw matriculated students are normally eligible for eight semesters of financial aid, offered only in those semesters in which the students carry a full-time load. Under special circumstances students may be awarded a ninth semester of financial aid. Tuition charges will be at the normal rates and financial aid packaging will be done according to the normal principles.

This program is designed for students who demonstrate appropriate academic justifications. For example:

  • students in the Music Education program which requires 33 credits plus ensembles;
  • students who are advised to take a reduced academic load to enhance the successful completion of their DePauw degree; and
  • students who must withdraw during a semester for health reasons and therefore require an additional semester.

Students may apply for a ninth-semester of financial aid after completing their fourth semester of college but before the end of their sixth semester. The successful candidate will demonstrate strong academic potential for completion of his or her DePauw educational plans. In addition, the course of study complete to that point must conform to the academic advice given by both faculty advisors and the Dean of Student Academic Support Services regarding scheduling and the order of classes. If special circumstances arise during the seventh semester, the committee will consider a late application.

Applications for eligibility for a ninth semester of financial aid for academic reasons will be reviewed by the Petitions Committee in consultation with the financial aid office.


  • Applications may be obtained from the Registrar's Office.
  • Return application to the Registrar's Office and request that a transcript be attached.
  • Attach letters of support to the application or arrange for them to be sent to the registrar's office. Students should have a letter from their academic advisor confirming that the student followed the advisor's advice and other university personnel who might have advised them about their academic program.
  • Applications should be filed by mid-June or mid-January within the semesters indicated.

Scholarship Note:

Merit Awards will not be continued for the ninth semester. Only students with need-based financial aid packages will be considered for aid based upon demonstrated financial need.


Tuition and Fees per Semester (2013-2014)


2 1/2 through 4 1/2 courses a semester


Fewer than 2 1/2 or more than 4 1/2 courses, per course


1/2 course


1/4 course


Semester Fees

Application fee (for paper applications)


Enrollment deposit (one-time, non-refundable)


Health services fee


Student activity fee


Residence hall fee (for students living in DePauw housing)


Tuition in the School of Music includes private instruction in required applied music, in accordance with specifications listed in Tuition for Private Instruction. However, students enrolled in the College of Liberal Arts are charged an extra fee for private instruction as indicated below.

Additional Fees

2013-2014 fees for private instruction in Applied Music

One 30-minute lesson per week


One 60-minute lesson per week


Applied music tuition and dance course tuition are refunded, with charges deducted for lessons received, only if the student has canceled the course with the approval of the Dean of the School of Music and has adjusted his or her registration within the first six days of the semester. There is no refund after the first six days of the semester. Students in the College of Liberal Arts who have declared a music major are not charged for up to four courses of applied music provided they are applicable toward the Bachelor of Arts degree. Students in the School of Music are charged only for applied music instruction over the applied music requirements for their degree (see below).

2013-2014 tuition for group instruction in piano, voice or guitar

Per semester


2013-2014 tuition for group instruction in dance

Per semester


2013-2014 fees for special departmental examinations:

Per examination


There is no refund of the fee for the departmental examination in case of failure to establish credit.

Tuition for students not enrolled during either semester who wish to enroll in Winter Term only or for students enrolled in Winter Term make up projects:

Full session


Students not enrolled during the first semester, but who wish to enroll for the second semester, pay full tuition and fees at the time of registration whether or not they participate in Winter Term.

2013-2014 fee for auditors.
Full-time students may audit one course each semester without charge. The fee for all others:

Per course


International auditors enrolled in the equivalent of 2 1/2 to 4 1/2 courses pay $2,935.00 per semester plus fees for applied music and dance.

Payment of tuition covers:

  1. Enrollment in any course applicable toward a degree.
  2. Enrollment in Winter Term during January.
  3. For music majors, enrollment in the amount of private or class instruction required for the individual degree program, the use of practice rooms and necessary equipment. (Students in the BM degree program pay additional fees beyond seven applied music credits; students in the five-year BM/BA double degree program pay additional fees beyond eight applied music credits; students in the BMA degree program pay additional fees beyond five applied music credits; students in the BME degree program pay additional fees beyond five and 1/4 applied music credits; music majors in the College of Liberal Arts pay additional fees beyond two applied music credits.)
  4. Enrollment in Army and Air Force ROTC courses, HONR 401 & 402, and Music Ensembles for School of Music students only that may exceed a student's maximum semester course load. NOTE: All students must petition the Petitions Committee through the Office of the Registrar if they deviate from the normal semester course load although students in the School of Music may take up to 5.25 credits without a petition as long as ensembles constitute the overload.
  5. Facilities provided by the physical education department, including individual locker service and some equipment used in activity classes.
  6. Limited counseling services.
  7. Use of science, computer and language laboratories; libraries; and Memorial Student Union Building.
  8. University chapels, convocations, lectures and music programs.
  9. Admission to most varsity athletic contests held in Greencastle.
  10. A diploma upon completion of graduation requirements.

Payment of fees covers:

  1. Services of the Student Health Services
  2. Student Activity Fee
  3. Residence Hall Fee

Payment of Tuition and Fees

Payment of tuition and fees is due no later than August 1 (first semester) and January 31 (second semester). A student's registration is not complete until all charges are paid. A deferred payment plan is described in this section.

Additional Fee Information

Late Registration Fee. Students who do not complete their registration by payment or arrangement for payment of their tuition and fees by August 1 and January 31 may be charged a $45 late registration fee.

Late Processing Fee. A fee of $45.00 may be charged for course adjustments made after the deadline but granted by the Petitions Committee.

A fee of $45.00 may be charged if a student fails to complete Winter Term registration by the first day of Winter Term or to complete Winter Term adjustments approved by the Petitions Committee within the specific adjustment period.

Loss and Breakage. When University materials and equipment are issued to the student for class work, the student will be charged for loss or breakage. At the discretion of the department chair, payment for loss or breakage is charged to the student's account and is payable in the Cash Receipts Office.

Transcript of Credit. No transcripts or official statements of student records are sent until all accounts are paid in full.

Off-Campus Study Programs. A cancellation fee of $100.00 is assessed any student who decides not to participate in an off-campus study program after May 1 for fall semester or full year off-campus programs and September 15 for spring semester programs. In addition, the student is liable for any cancellation fees charged by the host institution.

Room and Board

Room and board payment is due on the same dates as tuition and fees payments. A payment plan is available for payment of room and board charges.

The cost of room and board in all University residence halls is $5,350.00 a semester for 2013-2014. Room contracts are for the entire year, including Winter Term. Students enrolling for only one semester and Winter Term will be assessed an additional pro-rated charge to cover the Winter Term housing. Once a student moves into a residence hall room, he or she is responsible for payment for that semester.

A board plan is mandatory for students living in the residence halls; it is optional for students living in University owned alternative housing.

Students requiring special diets for medical reasons should make arrangements through the Student Life Office.

Furniture and Room Damage. Damage to equipment and furnishings in University residences, over and above that caused by normal usage, will be charged to the student. Any charge for damage incurred during residence is payable at the Cash Receipts Office in the Administration Building.

Payment Options

Students/parents have three payment options to choose from:

Option 1: Payment in full prior to start of the semester

Payment is due by August 1 for Fall semester and February 1 for Spring semester. Pending loans or scholarships that will be applied to the account may be deducted before submitting payment.

Option 2: Semester Payment Plan

The DePauw payment plan, referred to as 'My Payment Plan' (MPP for short), is setup online through CASHNet. The payment plan allows students or third parties to pay for semester charges over five months for Fall semester and four months for Spring semester. Fall semester payments are due on the first of each month, August through December. Spring semester payments are due on the first of each month, February through May. A $40 per semester fee is assessed to sign-up for the payment plan.

Option 3: Pre-Paid Tuition Plan

The Pre-Paid Tuition Plan offers parents the opportunity to prepay tuition for two, three, or four years at the current rate of annual tuition set for the first year of participation in the plan, which protects families from probable future tuition increases. Specific details of this plan may be obtained by contacting the Cash Receipts Office.

 Please note that late fees and registration holds may be assessed for a delinquent student account. A delinquent student account is defined as exceeding $100 and over 30 days past due.


Basic Costs Summary for 2013-2014

The cost each semester per student is shown below. All policies are under continual review. The University reserves the right to change its charges.

College of Liberal Arts and School of Music

Tuition (including Winter Term) $20,075.00
Room in residence halls and alternative housing $2,815.00
Board (meal plan) $2,535.00

Other Expenses

Students can purchase textbooks and supplies at the DePauw Bookstore or any other store of their choosing. In addition, each student has variable expenses for clothing, laundry, travel, recreation and incidentals to consider.

Expenses for students who become members of social fraternities and sororities are somewhat higher than for those who do not affiliate.

Each year, student organizations in the residence halls vote to assess each resident a fee to cover the cost of newspapers, magazines, books for hall libraries, parties and other incidentals. This additional fee will be included with the room and board charges on the tuition statement.

A fee is charged to replace student identification cards and a $40.00 parking permit fee is required for students who have a motor vehicle on campus. Unpaid parking fines and late payment fees are assessed to the student's tuition account on a monthly basis. A fee is also charged for checks returned due to insufficient funds or stop payment orders.

Students participating in the graduation ceremony purchase their own caps and gowns.

Winter Term Expenses

Students are not charged extra for their chosen Winter Term projects on campus, except for costs directly related to the project. However, all off-campus costs are the responsibility of the student participants for their chosen faculty-approved off-campus projects.

Withdrawal and Refund Policy

Tuition Refund. A student who withdraws during the semester will receive an adjustment to tuition charges on a per diem pro-ration (number of days enrolled divided by the number of days in the semester) through 60 percent of the semester. A student who withdraws within eight weeks due to illness may elect to take a certificate issued by the Vice President for Finance and Administration for the portion of the actual tuition paid. A student who is suspended from the University during the semester for disciplinary actions is not entitled to any refund of tuition.

Residence Hall Room and Board Refund. There is no refund for the room portion of the residence hall room and board charges. Board charges will be refunded on a prorated per diem basis throughout the semester regardless of the reason for withdrawal. The board refund is calculated beginning the day the residence hall room is totally vacated.

Note of Explanation. Federal law specifies how to determine the amount of federal assistance to be retained by a student who withdraws during a semester. DePauw's refund policy treats all students the same regardless of whether they have federal funds as a part of their financial aid package. The law is very precise and complex. Students who withdraw from classes should consult with the Financial Aid or Cash Receipts Offices for full information about refund policies. Full information is also available upon request or at the Financial Aid website.

Appeals. Special exceptions to the above policies should be directed to: Vice President for Finance and Administration, DePauw University, 313 S. Locust Street, P.O. Box 37, Greencastle, IN 46135-0037.


Student Financial Obligations

The Office of the Vice President for Finance and Administration, Student Loan Office, Student Life Office, Office of the Registrar, Cash Receipts Office, Financial Aid Office, fraternity and sorority living units, or DePauw University Public Safety may place holds on grades, transcripts or official statements of student records or registration if a student leaves an unsatisfied account of $25.00 or more (any amount due for graduating seniors), has been notified of the amount due and was allowed 10 days to pay the following:

  1. University Bills. Any account due the University must be paid. This includes tuition, fees, room and board, miscellaneous charges and emergency loans.
  2. Student Loans. A borrower must participate in an exit interview in the Student Loan Office whenever that student ceases eligible enrollment at the University.
  3. Grants, Scholarships, Loans. Students will be contacted by the Financial Aid Office about repayment obligations of current-year awards whenever a student ceases eligible enrollment at the University. This includes withdrawing from the University or reducing the course load to fewer than three course credits.


Financial Aid

Financial aid at DePauw is designed to assist students who would otherwise be unable to attend the University due to financial constraints and to recognize academic achievement and potential. DePauw maintains its own scholarship, work and loan programs, and participates in federal and state financial aid programs. This variety of resources permits a majority of students attending DePauw to defray the cost of their education through some form of financial assistance, including scholarships, loans and/or work-study. DePauw has enjoyed remarkable financial support from alumni and friends, and their generosity makes it possible to help many students through an extensive financial aid program.

Merit Awards. All enrolling students are automatically considered for a variety of merit awards. Most merit awards do not require a separate application; others, such as the Rector and Holton Scholarships, do. Additional awards are reserved for continuing students who are selected on the basis of their college academic achievements or for positions of leadership on campus. Please note that merit awards may not exceed the cost of tuition in any academic year.

Parents and students are invited to write for more specific information about scholarship opportunities and financial aid to: Financial Aid Office, DePauw University, 204 E. Seminary Street, P.O. Box 37, Greencastle, IN 46135-0037. Call (765) 658-4030.

Grants and Scholarships

Grants and scholarships constitute a major portion of financial aid for students at DePauw. These awards require no repayment and are made available through federal, state and DePauw financial resources. A student's eligibility for merit-based grant or scholarship assistance may be determined by: 1) high school academic record and standardized test scores; and 2) special talents and involvement in extracurricular activities, including leadership and service.

Alumni Legacy Awards of $1,000 per year are offered to students whose parents or grandparents graduated from DePauw. These awards are made regardless of financial need.

The Bonner Scholarship program allows students to be actively involved in community service activities throughout the academic year and during the summer. Students are selected for the program based on their demonstrated commitment to community service and financial need. Students receive a financial stipend during both the school year and summer to support them in their community service work. The scholarship stipend is $2,500 for each academic year the student participates in the program. Within the award is included a book and travel stipend.

The Rector Scholarship at DePauw University is one of the oldest merit scholarship programs in the nation. Students with outstanding academic achievement are selected to receive full or three-quarter tuition Rector Scholarships. Recipients are chosen by a University committee on the basis of high school academic record, standardized test scores, special talents, leadership abilities, and submission of a required essay. Students must be invited to apply for the Rector Scholarship. Rector Scholarships replace other merit awards previously offered.

The Holton Memorial Scholarship was established in 1997 in memory of Philip and Ruth Holton to recognize excellent students who demonstrate hard work, integrity, leadership and service to their community. Students are considered for the Holton Memorial Scholarship based on a thorough review of their academic record and documented leadership and community service activities as presented in their application for admission. Students are asked to submit a resume for Holton consideration. These awards range from approximately $1,000 to $8,000 per year. Holton Scholarships are added to other merit awards previously offered.

Lilly Room & Board Scholarships are available to Lilly Scholars attending DePauw. In addition to the full-tuition scholarship that students receive from the Community Foundation in their home county, DePauw will fund full room and board for up to four years. Additional information on the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program is available at

The Rolla M. Malpas Trust Scholarship is available to outstanding students who have substantial eligibility for need-based financial assistance. The Malpas Scholarship meets the recipient's full demonstrated need for four years of study at DePauw. Applicants must have been born in Indiana, graduated from an Indiana public high school and have maintained a high school scholastic average of at least a B+ or its equivalent. Recipients of the Malpas Trust Scholarships are not permitted to hold a job during the school year or obtain scholarship or loans from other sources. Application materials are available at the Financial Aid website in late fall and must be submitted to the financial aid office by February 15.

School of Music Performance Awards up to full tuition are given to the most outstanding performers in instrumental and vocal performance. Interested students should contact the Office of Admission to arrange an audition.

DePauw University National Merit Scholarships of $1,000 per year are available to National Merit Finalists, regardless of need, who list DePauw University as their first choice and who appear on the official roster of the National Merit Scholarship Corporation confirming eligibility to receive a DePauw sponsored award. Recipients will be notified prior to April 15.


Applying for Need-Based Financial Aid

To apply for need-based financial assistance an applicant and his/her parents must:

  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by the appropriate due date. The application is available online each year at after January 1. The FAFSA is the application required for both federal and state financial aid programs. DePauw's FAFSA code number is 001792.
  • Complete the College Scholarship's Service's CCS/PROFILE Form (first-year students only) online at by the appropriate due date. DePauw's PROFILE code number is 1166. In lieu of the CSS/PROFILE, first-year students may submit the DePauw Application for Financial Aid by the appropriate due date. The DePauw application is available online at Returning students should complete the DePauw Application for Financial Aid (and not the CSS/PROFILE).
  • Provide signed copies of the student's and parents' federal income tax returns for the current year, including W-2 forms and all schedules. Students selected by the US Department of Education for federal verification may have additional requirements that will be communicated to the student in writing.
  • Please note that students must reapply for need-based assistance each year according to deadlines established by the Financial Aid Office. Awards based on financial need are subject to change in subsequent years, if family financial circumstances change. The most common circumstances that affect need-based financial aid eligibility are changes in family income due to the addition of a parent going to work or increasing work hours, income, etc. or a change in the number of other siblings enrolled as an undergraduate in college.
  • Students who choose to marry after they are enrolled at DePauw will continue to receive institutional financial aid as dependent students. In other words, a parent contribution is calculated regardless of the student's marital status.
  • DePauw University reserves the right to use institutional scholarship funds at its discretion.


After evaluating the information listed on the FAFSA, the federal student aid program provides an analysis of the expected family contribution to DePauw. If the University's own analysis indicates that an applicant is eligible for assistance, the financial aid staff will construct a financial aid package that incorporates all available sources of scholarships, grants, work opportunities and loan programs for which the student qualifies.

Notification of need-based financial aid eligibility will be made to entering freshmen and transfer students beginning in late March, provided that the financial aid application is complete (both the FAFSA and the PROFILE or DePauw Financial Aid Application filed by the appropriate due dates). Awards to continuing students will be made beginning in June.

Awards based upon inaccurate information submitted by the student or student's parents are subject to revision. It is the student's responsibility to inform the Financial Aid Office of any updates or reporting errors.

Additional information about the financial aid application, awarding process, financial assistance offered, and how funds are disbursed to the student's account may be found at

It is very important that students and families submit required applications for financial assistance by the stated deadlines. Applicants for admission should file both the FAFSA and the CSS/PROFILE no later than February 15 of the year they will enter college. Late applicants will receive scholarship assistance only if funds remain available. Indiana residents please note: The FAFSA must be received by the federal processor prior to March 10 in order to receive state scholarship assistance.

Returning students must meet the deadlines established in the renewal process by the Financial Aid Office. On June 1 when financial aid awards are packaged, students who have incomplete files will have scholarship assistance reduced by $500 per month until their application is complete.


Disbursing Financial Aid

The Financial Aid Office posts the student's financial aid awards to the student's University account at the beginning of each semester. Loan applications that are not complete at this time are posted when finalized. Federal Work-Study awards are not part of this posting process. Any funds in excess of current-year tuition, fees, room and board (residence hall contracts only) charges are refunded to the student. These refunds are available only after the tenth day of classes. Students selected for federal verification as part of the financial aid process will have aid held until the verification process is complete. Students selected for verification will be notified by the Financial Aid Office.

Financial aid eligibility is affected by the following:

Full-time enrollment. Only full-time students (enrolled for a minimum of three or more courses) can receive DePauw assistance. The only exception may be granted to second-semester seniors. DePauw merit awards and all need-based assistance for second-semester seniors with less than full-time schedules will be prorated. Other students with less than full-time schedules may be eligible for federal assistance.

Additional Financial Aid Information

Financial aid information is always available from DePauw's Financial Aid Office located on the second floor at 204 East Seminary Street, or by calling (765) 658-4030. DePauw University reserves the right to change policies on an annual basis.