Annual Costs

Undergraduate Tuition

Tuition for DePaul University is $38,410 for the 2017/2018 academic year. This is 38% more expensive than the national average private non-profit four year college tuition of $27,755. The cost is 55% more expensive than the average Illinois tuition of $24,843 for 4 year colleges. Tuition ranks 62nd in Illinois amongst 4 year colleges for affordability and is the 10th most expensive 4 year college in the state. Price does not vary by residence.

The school charges an additional fees of $600 in addition to tuition bringing the total effective in-state tuition to $39,010.

Housing Costs

On campus room and board is provided by the school at a cost of $13,797 per academic year. Students electing to live off campus elsewhere in Chicago should budget at least this amount.

Books and Supplies

The estimated annual cost for books and supplies is $1,104.

Other Living Expenses

If living on-campus, students should budget for $2,364 in additional living expenses. Off-campus students should budget for $2,364 in other miscellaneous living expenses.

Total Costs

The annual tuition and living expense budget to go to DePaul University was $56,275 for the 2017/2018 academic year. The cost is the same for all students regardless of Illinois residence status as there is no in-state discount.

Citation: Price data from the U.S. Department of Education's 2017-2018 and 2016-2017 IPEDS survey response for DePaul University and represent reported costs for the 2016-2017 and 2015-2016 academic years.

Costs and Tuition for DePaul University
Estimated Budgets
Illinois Resident Total Budget $56,275
   In-State Tuition$38,410
   Other Fees$600
   Room and Board$13,797
   On-Campus Other Budget$2,364
   Books and Supplies$1,104
Non-Resident Total Budget $56,275
   Out-of-State Tuition$38,410
   Other Fees$600
   Room and Board$13,797
   On-Campus Other Budget$2,364
   Books and Supplies$1,104


What it Really Costs

Depending on many factors including student and parent income and assets, the total cost of attendance may be less than the $56,275 published price if scholarship or grant aid is made available to you.

Net Price

The net out-of-pocket total cost you end up paying or financing though student loans is known as the net price. The reported DePaul University net price for in-state students is $29,756* for the 2014/2015 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

94% of DePaul University students received grant aid in 2014/2015. The average total aid amount was $18,494. 31 percent of students received aid in the form of Pell Grants from the U.S. Federal Government. The average Pell Grant awarded for 2014/2015 was $4,269. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend DePaul University, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Net Price and Financial Aid for DePaul University
Financial Aid Summary
Average Annual Net Price$29,756*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid94%
Average Total Grant Aid$18,494
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants31%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$4,269

Average Net Price by Family Income

The average net total cost of attendance for different levels of family income after federal, state or local government, institutional grant and scholarship aid are awarded. Data last published for the 2014/2015 academic year.

Family Income Avg. Net Price
$0 to $30,000$22,223
$30,001 to $48,000$24,127
$48,001 to $75,000$26,476
$75,001 to $110,000$29,005

Average Financial Aid Mix - $56,275 In-State Total Cost

CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $56,275. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.


Grants and Scholarships

 34% - $18,494

Money granted to you by the U.S. Department of Education, DePaul University or other organizations. These are not loans and do not need to be repaid.

Federal Loans

 10% - $5,521

Low interest student loans funded by the U.S. Department of Education. This amount will need to be repaid.

Out of Pocket

 55% -  $29,896

Covered by family savings, work or private student loans which you will have to repay.

*Reported Average Annual Net Price for students receiving grant or scholarship aid reported to the U.S. Department of Education's Academic Year 2014-2015 IPEDS Survey. Financial aid is only available to those who qualify. Consult this school's net price calculator for further understanding of your potential net price.

Note that for colleges with no reported on-campus room and board, the average net price has been increased to account for living expenses. This number may not only reflect the net price paid to the school for tuition.

Cost of a Degree

When considering ability to pay for college, the annual cost is often discussed but it's the "all in" multi-year degree cost which matters in the end. Let's take a look at what it could really cost for four years at DePaul University.

Estimated 4 Year Cost at Published Tuition

At the current published rates, an estimated total tuition, fees and living expense price for a 4 year bachelor's degree at DePaul University is $225,100 for students graduating in normal time. This methodology for estimating the 4 year cost is a straight multiple of the most recent reported annual total cost and does not factor in tuition increases during the time you're in school. It also assumes you receive no grant or scholarship aid and pay the full list price.

A potentially more accurate but less conservative estimate of a degree cost can be made by using the school's annual $24,205 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 4 would estimate the cost of a degree at $96,820**

If you end up on the "five year plan" and need an additional year to graduate, your five year cost could be as high as $281,375 or $121,025 using an average net price.

**Based on a 4 year multiple of Average Annual Net Price for students receiving grant or scholarship aid reported to the U.S. Department of Education's 2014-2015 IPEDS Survey. Financial aid is only available to those who qualify. Consult this school's net price calculator for further understanding of your potential net price.

Other Costs

Cost Per Credit Hour and Cost for a Class

Some schools offer the ability to take single classes by paying on a per credit hour basis. The reported price per credit hour and estimated cost for one class at DePaul University are as follows. Per credit costs are for reference only as many schools will not allow students to pay by credit hour.

Cost per credit hour and per class at DePaul University
Price per credit hour$615
Cost for one class (3 credit hours)$1,845
Cost for one class (4 credit hours)$2,460


Student Loans and Debt

The second consideration after understanding the cost of college is determining how to finance it. Some students are fortunate enough to have some form of family financial assistance, but student loans end up financing a significant portion of higher education in the U.S. 59% of DePaul University students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $5,521. The reported average student debt upon graduation is $26,848.

Example Loan Payments and Costs

How much are student loan payments for DePaul University? Obviously this varies based on a number of factors - offsetting financial aid you receive, percentage of fee you pay upfront while enrolled and the interest rate on your loans. We've modeled a sample student loan based on current Stafford loan rates to give you an approximate idea.

The following are the costs for a loan if you borrowed $96,820, 100% of the estimated average net price for a four year program and paid nothing while enrolled. The total of all payments including interest would sum $120,131.42. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at DePaul University. Note that this calculation assumes you don't pay full list price tuition, are part of the reported 94% of students at this school who receive financial aid and you are paying an average annual net price of $24,205. If you do not financially qualify for a reduced net price, your student loan payments could be significantly higher than this example. Use our DePaul University student loan calculator below to change loan assumptions and recalculate.

Student loans are not free money and must be repaid. You cannot dismiss student loans by via bankruptcy.

DePaul University Student Loan Payments
Example Payments
Monthly Loan Payment$1,001.10
Amount Borrowed$96,820.00
Interest Rate4.5%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$23,311.42
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$120,131.42

Affording Student Loan Payments and Post Graduation Salary

Can I afford to attend DePaul University? In the end, the answer comes down a determination if you will earn enough to comfortably pay back a student loan with your post graduation salary. This is an extremely important point to consider. In order to afford student loan payments and still meet all your other costs of living, it is recommended not to borrow more than you can pay back using 10% of your monthly income earned after graduation. If you're considering attending DePaul University, you need to carefully consider if it will be realistic to make the post graduation loan payments based on your expected salary.

Using the 10% of salary threshold, an annual income of $120,131.42 would be needed to afford a $1,001.10 monthly payment in the example $96,820.00 loan modeled above. You will need to determine if it is at all realistic that you will be earning this type of salary after graduation. This assumes a loan payback over 10 years. You can change the terms of this example loan using the student loan calculator below.

Estimated Future Cost and Expected Tuition Increase

What will it cost to send your child to DePaul University in the future? In the past four years, this school's published in-state tuition and fee total rose from $31,650 to $38,410. This amounts to an average annual price increase of 4.3%. Nationally, university tuition prices are rising around 5% per year. Looking out five, ten, fifteen or eighteen years, these are CollegeCalc's estimates how much you could expect to pay for a 4 year degree assuming tuition increases at the national average rate. Estimated future prices are based on the current 4 year cost of $225,100.00. Use the college savings plan calculator below to perform a more comprehensive analysis on future costs and how much you will need to save for DePaul University.

Annual4 Year Degree
Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2024$77,391$309,565
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2029$98,773$395,092
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2034 $126,062$504,249
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2037 $145,933$583,731

Tuition History

What was tuition at DePaul University five, ten, fifteen or twenty years ago? Hop into our time machine and take a look. Pay attention to how aggressive the school has been with price increases in the past as it provides indication as to how the school may raise tuition in the next few years. Historical tuition and fees for all available data years back to 1987 follows.

YearTuitionAnnual Increase

Comparable Cost for Popular Majors

We've compared the out of state cost of the most popular undergraduate areas of study at DePaul University to the national average for all other colleges offering the same major. Use this comparison to determine particular programs where this school offers value relative to other colleges.

Area of Study Graduates vs National Avg
General Studies Bachelor's Degree 285 66% costlier
Accounting Bachelor's Degree 282 51% costlier
Finance, General Bachelor's Degree 277 51% costlier
Psychology, General Bachelor's Degree 260 39% costlier
Marketing/Marketing Management, General Bachelor's Degree 244 55% costlier
Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication, Other Bachelor's Degree 227 36% costlier
Management Science Bachelor's Degree 169 36% costlier
Political Science and Government, General Bachelor's Degree 161 35% costlier
Elementary Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree 110 59% costlier
English Language and Literature, General Bachelor's Degree 96 40% costlier
Business Administration and Management, General Bachelor's Degree 82 63% costlier
Sociology Bachelor's Degree 81 37% costlier
Biology/Biological Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 73 39% costlier
Secondary Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree 71 54% costlier
Mass Communication/Media Studies Bachelor's Degree 65 48% costlier
History, General Bachelor's Degree 61 38% costlier
Cinematography and Film/Video Production Bachelor's Degree 59 32% costlier
Speech Communication and Rhetoric Bachelor's Degree 58 42% costlier
Journalism Bachelor's Degree 50 46% costlier
Business/Managerial Economics Bachelor's Degree 42 40% costlier
International Relations and Affairs Bachelor's Degree 40 20% costlier
Art History, Criticism and Conservation Bachelor's Degree 34 14% costlier
Music Performance, General Bachelor's Degree 33 41% costlier
Computer Programming/Programmer, General Bachelor's Degree 31 132% costlier
Computer Science Bachelor's Degree 30 34% costlier
Information Science/Studies Bachelor's Degree 28 44% costlier
Architectural History and Criticism, General Bachelor's Degree 26 6% cheaper
Economics, General Bachelor's Degree 26 26% costlier
Acting Bachelor's Degree 23 28% costlier
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications Bachelor's Degree 22 109% costlier
Anthropology Bachelor's Degree 20 25% costlier
Early Childhood Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree 20 62% costlier
Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics and Special Effects Bachelor's Degree 20 38% costlier
Philosophy Bachelor's Degree 20 25% costlier
Information Technology Bachelor's Degree 20 65% costlier
Mathematics, General Bachelor's Degree 19 37% costlier
Technical Theatre/Theatre Design and Technology Bachelor's Degree 18 30% costlier
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General Bachelor's Degree 18 32% costlier
Real Estate Bachelor's Degree 17 35% costlier
Communication and Media Studies, Other Bachelor's Degree 16 24% costlier
Public Policy Analysis, General Bachelor's Degree 15 1% costlier
Management Information Systems, General Bachelor's Degree 14 53% costlier
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching Bachelor's Degree 14 61% costlier
Religion/Religious Studies Bachelor's Degree 13 18% costlier
Chemistry, General Bachelor's Degree 13 35% costlier
Environmental Science Bachelor's Degree 11 31% costlier
Spanish Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 11 31% costlier
Computer and Information Systems Security/Information Assurance Bachelor's Degree 11 124% costlier
Computer Software and Media Applications, Other Bachelor's Degree 9 41% costlier
Geography Bachelor's Degree 9 52% costlier
Music Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 9 48% costlier
Physics, General Bachelor's Degree 7 28% costlier
Computer Graphics Bachelor's Degree 7 58% costlier
Women's Studies Bachelor's Degree 7 19% costlier
Music, Other Bachelor's Degree 6 29% costlier
Computer Programming, Specific Applications Bachelor's Degree 5 41% costlier
French Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 5 22% costlier
Latin American Studies Bachelor's Degree 5 6% costlier
Jazz/Jazz Studies Bachelor's Degree 5 21% costlier
E-Commerce/Electronic Commerce Bachelor's Degree 5 73% costlier
Playwriting and Screenwriting Bachelor's Degree 4 8% costlier
American/United States Studies/Civilization Bachelor's Degree 4 8% costlier
Mathematics and Computer Science Bachelor's Degree 4 17% costlier
Fine and Studio Arts Management Bachelor's Degree 4 31% costlier
Teacher Education, Multiple Levels Bachelor's Degree 4 48% costlier
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services, Other Bachelor's Degree 4 45% costlier
East Asian Studies Bachelor's Degree 3 1% cheaper
Art Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 3 55% costlier
Music Theory and Composition Bachelor's Degree 3 21% costlier
Chinese Studies Bachelor's Degree 3 8% costlier
African-American/Black Studies Bachelor's Degree 2 19% costlier
Italian Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 2 8% costlier
Arabic Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 2 24% costlier
Rhetoric and Composition Bachelor's Degree 2 51% costlier
Biological and Physical Sciences Bachelor's Degree 1 39% costlier
German Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 1 19% costlier
Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution Bachelor's Degree 1 6% costlier
Hospitality Administration/Management, General Bachelor's Degree 1 56% costlier


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About DePaul University

DePaul University is a four year private college located in Chicago, Illinois.  The school is affiliated with the Roman Catholic faith.  Full time enrollment is 18,320 and part time is 4,790.

Students attending this school may pursue both undergraduate and graduate degrees.

DePaul University
55 E Jackson
Chicago, Illinois

For Profit / Not For Profit Status

DePaul University is a private not for profit institution.

DePaul University cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=144740 IPEDS survey data.