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New and Returning 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 time at DePauw.

Applying for Aid

 

Let us walk you through the process.

 

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

Financial Aid Application Steps for New and Returning Domestic Students 

To apply for federal and state aid, you are required to submit the Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) every year. Need-based financial aid is not automatically renewable. You must reapply each year to be considered for grants, loans, and/or work study. To apply for institutional aid, you and your parents must submit the following:

○    2020-21 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) (available October 1, 2019) – DePauw's Federal School Code is 001792

○    2018 Student and Parent W2 Forms (even if you will not file a return)*

○    2018 Student and Parent Federal Tax Returns with all Schedules* (2018 Federal Tax returns may be required for returning students. If requested, please submit a signed and dated copy.)

○    2020-2021 Verification Documents (if requested)*

○    Register for a ScholarTrack account (Indiana Residents)

○    Submit the FERPA Privacy Act Waiver (New Students Only)*

 

*Submit documents by mail, fax, email or upload through the admission portal.


International Students: Students who are not US citizens or permanent residents may be evaluated for semester abroad or extended studies assistance by completing the 2020-2021 CSS/Financial Aid Profile or the 2020-2021 International Student Financial Aid Application. Prospective international students should refer to information found on the International Web site or by contacting an international admission counselor at intladmission@depauw.edu. 

 

 


 

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 I - November 15

Early Action - December 1

Early Decision II - January 15

Regular Decision - February 1

Returning Students - March 1

 

Deadlines are established so we may respond to requests for financial assistance in a timely manner. If you miss the deadline, please submit all forms to be considered. We will respond to the request as quickly as possible. Please make note of all financial aid-related deadlines and explore our financial aid calendar

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.

RECEIVING YOUR FINANCIAL AID NOTIFICATION

Provided that all required forms have been received by the appropriate deadlines, accepted students will receive notifications regarding merit and need-based eligibility based on the admission notification type.

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.

NEW STUDENT NOTIFICATION TYPE

MERIT-BASED SCHOLARSHIP

NOTIFICATION BEGINS

NEED-BASED AWARD

NOTIFICATION BEGINS

Early Decision I

December 1

December 1

Early Action

January 15

February 1

Early Decision II

February 1

February 1

Regular Decision

March 1

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 - also referred to as "gift aid" since they do not have to be earned or repaid;

○    low-interest loans - through a variety of sources including the Federal Government and DePauw;

○    on-campus employment - part-time, on-campus employment is available to students who qualify for Federal Work-Study.

 

Prospective students can complete the Net Price Calculator to receive an estimated financial aid package and cost of attendance.

 

IRS DATA RETRIEVAL

The Department of Education encourages all applicants to utilize the IRS tax data retrieval tool when completing the 2020-2021 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.

SPECIAL NOTE FOR INDIANA RESIDENTS

It is imperative that Indiana residents meet the April 15th required filing deadline established by the State of Indiana (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.

Our Financial Aid Office is available to assist you every step of the way. For more information, visit Financial Aid, call us at (765) 658-4030 or email us at financialaid@depauw.edu with any questions.

 

The information above applies to new first-year, transfer and returning 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