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At DePauw, you’ll spend four years forming valuable relationships, learning through adventure and building leadership skills that will pay dividends over your lifetime.

Paying for your DePauw education is a partnership between you, your family and the University. Our Financial Aid staff is committed to working with your family to ensure the accessibility of our academic and residential programs. We carefully assess each student’s unique financial circumstances and find the best combination of options for funding. There are need-based financial aid and merit awards for all students who qualify.

Scholarship Programs

Our general awards are open to first-year and transfer students, and are awarded based on GPA, test scores, community service, leadership, musical talent and the strength of your high school curriculum. 

Academic Merit Awards
This is a gift aid awarded at the time of admission based on past academic performance and test scores. All DePauw applicants are automatically considered for this award. No application beyond the general admission application is required.

Rector Scholar Awards
The Rector Scholar Award* is DePauw's oldest and most prestigious award. Students are selected for this award based on excellent academic achievement as evidenced by the highest academically qualified students in the applicant pool, typically the top five percent. Along with the application, students are required to submit a recommendation form from a high school counselor or teacher. Both the application and recommendation form will be available after October 1.

2019-2020 Academic year deadline coming soon

Music Performance Awards
DePauw grants Music Performance Awards to music majors who demonstrate exceptional talent during an audition for music faculty. These awards supersede any academic merit awards and are limited to tuition expenses only. Non-music majors who commit to participating in auditioned large ensembles and enroll in private lessons may also audition for smaller Music Performance Awards.  

Audition Information 

Achievement-based Scholarships
DePauw has 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 your freshman year. You can earn micro-scholarships for 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 Academic Merit Award. Make sure to complete your Raise.me portfolio by December 1 of your senior year to qualify for any of these scholarships.

Start your raise.me account 

Bonner Program
Twenty Bonner students are selected from the incoming freshman class who have demonstrated a commitment to service and community. Bonner students must have demonstrated financial need as determined by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Students are required to submit a separate application to be considered for the Bonner 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. 

2019-2020 Academic year deadline coming soon

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.

2019-2020 Academic year deadline coming soon

Tyler Grant
The Tyler Grant is a one-time $1,000 grant awarded to first-year, out-of-state students who are accepted and visit DePauw University in their senior year of high school for an official Office of Admission visit by April 30, 2019. Apply to DePauw University and schedule a visit today!

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Lilly Endowment Community Scholarships
The Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program provides a four-year, full-tuition scholarship to selected students from each Indiana county and can be used at any accredited public or private Indiana college or university. In addition to the scholarship provided through the Lilly Endowment, Lilly Scholars 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.

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Frank W. Braden Award
This program provides awards to Decatur County students and covers expenses related to tuition, room and board and an $800 book allowance. Residents of Decatur County, Indiana are eligible to apply.* 

See Requirements 

Rolla M. Malpas Trust Award
Available to outstanding Indiana students who have substantial eligibility for financial assistance. Need-based eligibility is determined by submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The Malpas Award will meet full demonstrated financial need with grant assistance.*

More Information 

Robert Lee Copeland Award
The Award covers expenses related to tuition.* Available for students graduating from Lebanon High School. No separate application necessary. 

*Tuition aid may include a combination of institutional and/or state grants.


Submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to determine your eligibility for need-based aid. 

Apply for Aid

We help make your educational investment possible by connecting you with need-based financial aid and merit scholarships for which you qualify. In addition, during your tenure as a student we provide ongoing financial counseling resources as well as study abroad support so you can make the most of every opportunity on campus. 

Take the following steps to determine your eligibility for institutional and federal aid.

  1. Assess Affordability
    Use the net price calculator to estimate your out-of-pocket expenses and possible eligibility for federal, state and institutional aid.
  2. Submit FAFSA
    Complete a FAFSA for federal and state assistance. School code: 001792. Submit online.
  3. Submit Additional Documents
    Send 2017 W2 forms and 2017 Federal Tax Returns (plus additional verification documents if requested) to DePauw’s Financial Aid Office by email, fax or mail.
    Scanned/Emailed: to financialaid@depauw.edu, Faxed: to 765-658-4137, Mailed to: 204 E Seminary Street, Greencastle, IN 46135
  4. Verification documents must be submitted within 30 days of receiving notification.
  5. Set Up a Payment Plan (optional)
    Contact DePauw’s Financial Aid Office for payment plan resources.


Timeline to Apply

Early Decision I: Nov 15
Early Action: Dec 1
Early Decision II: Jan 15
Regular Decision: Feb 1

We are here to assist you

The Financial Aid Office is your partner. We provide access to a DePauw education by proactively serving and educating families of varied economic backgrounds. Please contact us if you would like guidance through any step of the financial aid process.

Financial Aid

Andrew Gold

Students take the initiative to connect deeply at DePauw because of the confidence their peers instill in them to do so.-Andrew Gold