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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

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 March 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 online DePauw Financial Aid Application is the supplemental form used for awarding institutional need-based assistance.  

Regrettably, scholarship resources are not unlimited; 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 Notification

Provided that all required forms have been received by the appropriate deadlines, accepted students will receive their financial aid and merit scholarship information on the student portal depending on the notification type.

Notification TypeMerit-Based scholarship
notification begins
Need-Based award
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Early Decision December 1 December 1
Early Action December 18 February 1
Regular Decision February 12 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 notification 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 2017-18 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.