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Returning Students

Need-based financial aid is not automatically renewable. You must reapply each year to be considered for grants, loans, and/or work study.

Financial Aid Application Steps for Returning Domestic Students*

To apply for need-based financial aid, including state and federal programs, you and your parents must submit the following:

  • Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) – DePauw's six-digit federal FAFSA code is 001792. The 2018-19 FAFSA is available on October 1, 2017.
  • 2016 Federal Tax returns may be required for returning students. If requested, please submit a signed and dated copy.
  • 2016 W2 Forms for Student and Parent(s)

*Students who are not US citizens or permanent residents may be evaluated for semester abroad or extended studies assistance by completing the 2018-2019 CSS/Financial Aid Profile or the 2018-2019 International Student Financial Aid Application.


Financial Aid Application Deadlines

The priority deadline for completing the financial aid applications is March 1st. The FAFSA can be completed online.  

About Verification

Some students may be selected by DePauw or by the Federal Government for a separate process called "Verification." In these instances, 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 30 days from the time of notification or by March 1st (whichever date occurs later).

Penalties for Missing the Deadlines

All financial aid applicants are required to submit renewal documents according to the established deadlines. If your file is incomplete, you may jeopardize need-based scholarship assistance. Beginning June 1st, need-based scholarship assistance is awarded based on funding availability. If there are special circumstances that prevent you from meeting these deadlines, please contact the Financial Aid Office.

When You Will Hear From Us

Returning students applying for financial aid will be notified in early June. Students receiving need-based assistance must also meet minimum Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) standards.

Special Note for Indiana Residents

It is imperative that Indiana residents meet the required filing deadline established by the State of Indiana (April 15th, although we recommend completing it earlier). If you receive state financial aid and you do not submit your FAFSA by the deadline, you will be ineligible for state financial aid and DePauw University will not replace the loss of these funds.