We are committed to working with you to find the best combination of options for funding your four years at DePauw.

Types of Aid

depauw scholarship PROGRAMS

A variety of factors are considered when awarding merit including GPA, test scores, community service, leadership and strength of your high school curriculum.  


Merit scholarships are gift aid that is awarded at the time of admission based on GPA, test scores and high school quality.  There is no application required for an academic merit award. 


edward g. rector scholarship

The Rector Scholarship is DePauw's oldest and most prestigious academic award. Students are awarded this scholarship based on excellent academic achievement. Rector Scholars are the highest academically qualified students in the applicant pool, typically the top five percent. To be invited to apply for the Rector Scholarship you must first be nominated by a high school counselor or teacher.

Click here for the nomination form.


holton memorial scholarships

Holton Scholars are selected based on their outstanding leadership characteristics and their commitment to community service. Holton scholars are dedicated whether it be in service, civic engagement, leadership or even caring for a family member. While we encourage students to apply for Holton even if they do not have an admission decision yet, all students must be admitted to the University before receiving a decision on their Holton application.


lilly endowment community scholarship program

Lilly Scholar Recipients, in addition to the scholarship provided through the Lilly Endowment, will receive a DePauw scholarship equal to the value of room and board charges for up to four years. Additionally, the University will provide one fully-funded off-campus Extended Studies opportunity. This can take the form of an overseas trip during Winter or May Term. It could also include one fully-funded term in our management accelerator program offered through our collaboration with the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University.

Additional information on the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program is available here.


achievement based scholarships

We partnered with Raise.me to offer micro-scholarships that recognize your everyday achievements and allow you to start earning scholarships from DePauw as early as 9th grade. You can earn micro-scholarships for actions like visiting campus, taking an AP course or completing three years of a foreign language. These micro-scholarships will ultimately comprise part of your overall DePauw merit funding. Make sure to complete your Raise.me Portfolio by December 1 during your senior year to qualify for any of these scholarships.


Twenty Bonner Scholars are selected each year based on their commitment to serve during their high school careers and who have a demonstrated financial need.  Students are required to submit a separate application to be considered for the Bonner Scholar Program. Accepted students receive a need-based financial aid award with limited loans that meets their demonstrated financial need.  In addition, students receive extensive training in return for their commitment to the four-year program.  


ROTC Scholarships

We work with multiple ROTC programs to provide partial to full scholarships for those students who qualify. For a full list of specific programs and requirements, please visit our DePauw Experience page here.


prindle institute ethics scholarship

The Prindle Institute for Ethics awards scholarships to students who have demonstrated a strong aptitude for thinking about ethics and the critical issues of our time.

Recipients must incorporate an ethics education component into their curricular or co-curricular plans at DePauw.

There is no separate application process. All applicants will be evaluated to determine if they might be good candidates for this scholarship, but applicants may indicate in their application that they would like to be considered. More information about this scholarship is available here.


Need-Based Aid

Federal and state grants are awarded based on your family’s demonstrated financial need. Grants are awards that do not have to be repaid.  DePauw's generous endowment also provides institutional grant assistance to students who demonstrate financial need.  You must complete the FAFSA to determine eligibility for federal and state grants.  The DePauw Application for Financial Aid  is required to determine eligibility for DePauw need-based grants.



We believe that loans can be a good option in helping finance your education; however, you should never borrow more than you need. There are a variety of loans to help fund your DePauw education. The two primary federal loans are Direct Stafford Loans and the Perkins Loan. These loans are all administered through our office. You must complete the FAFSA to determine eligibility for federal loans.


The federal work-study program provides you further financial assistance through part-time campus employment. You must complete the FAFSA to determine eligibility for work-study

Outside Scholarships

We encourage you to explore scholarships provided by civic and private organizations and foundations. The best resources for finding these opportunities are your high school guidance counselors or the following links:

College Board
My College Dollars
Scholarship Experts

Payment Plans

The Payment Plan allows you to pay for tuition, housing and meals in installments throughout the semester. The DePauw payment plan, referred to as 'My Payment Plan' (MPP for short), is setup online through CASHNet, DePauw's online billing and payment system.