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Prospective Students

A college education is a significant investment. DePauw is committed to making the education we offer accessible to all qualified applicants. We will work with you to find the best combination of options for funding your four years here.

The information below applies to prospective first-year and transfer students. Prospective international students should refer to information found on the International Web site or by contacting an international admission counselor at intladmission@depauw.edu.


Financial Aid Application Steps

To apply for federal and state assistance, you only need to submit the FAFSA.  To apply for institutional aid, you and your parents must submit the following:


About Verification

Some students may be selected by DePauw or by the Federal Government for a separate process called "Verification".  In these cases, the student will receive a separate request from the Financial Aid Office by email and/or by letter identifying what additional items are required to complete the file.  The deadline for submitting verification items is April 1st, or 30 days from the time of notification (whichever date occurs later).

Financial Aid Application Deadlines

Early Decision - November 1
Early Action - December 1
Regular Decision - February 1 

The CSS/PROFILE is the primary application for institutional need-based assistance and is completed online. 

If you do not have final tax information by the deadline, please make thoughtful estimates to ensure that you apply on time. Regrettably, scholarship resources are not unlimited, and we are able to make late financial aid awards only if funds remain available.

If you miss the deadline, please note that you should still submit these forms as late applications will still be considered for any remaining funds available.

Receiving Your Financial Aid Package

Provided that all required forms have been received by the appropriate deadlines, accepted students will receive information about financial aid and merit scholarships by mail depending on the notification type.

Notification TypeMerit-Based scholarship
notification begins
Need-Based award
notification begins
Early Decision December 1 December 1
Early Action February 1 March 6
Regular Decision March 15 March 15

If your financial aid application is incomplete, you may not receive notification of your financial aid eligibility until you have submitted all the required documentation to the Financial Aid Office.

A financial aid award from DePauw is likely to be a "package" made up of the following:

  • merit awards, scholarships or grants
  • low-interest loans
  • employment opportunity on campus

Scholarships and grants are referred to as "gift aid," as they do not have to be earned or repaid.

Low-interest loans are available through DePauw and a variety of other sources.

Part-time, on-campus employment is available to students who qualify for federal work-study.

IRS Data Retrieval

The Department of Education encourages all applicants to utilize the IRS tax data retrieval tool when completing the 2015-16 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  This tool is available to most tax filers who have a processed tax return on file with the IRS. Students selected for federal verification are required to utilize the tool to import student and/or parent income information directly from the IRS. If a student and/or parent is not able or unwilling to use the IRS data retrieval process, a tax return transcript is required.