Financial Aid

Breakdown of Costs for 2017-2018

Tuition $47,026
Housing & Meals $12,612
Mandatory Fees $812
Total $60,450

*There may be additional charges for both on-campus and off-campus Winter Term courses.

It is important to note that the total cost may not be the true cost to your family.  If you are an exceptional student with solid grades, you will likely qualify for University merit awards.  We also offer financial aid based on need.  For most students, your true cost will be less than the published cost – we will help you find ways to make the investment in a DePauw education one that is within reach for you.

Assess Affordability With The Net Price Calculator

The net price calculator will give you an estimate of the amount of financial aid you may be offered if you are accepted to DePauw.  We encourage all prospective students to complete the net price calculator as a first step.  As you make plans for the investment in a college degree, staff in our Office of Financial Aid stand ready to assist you by answering questions you may have about DePauw specifically, or about the financial aid process more broadly.

Music Performance Awards

DePauw grants Music Performance Awards to music majors who demonstrate exceptional talent during an audition for music faculty.  Depending upon the audition rating and ensemble needs, Music Performance Awards can vary in amount up to full tuition.  Music Performance Awards for music majors supersede Academic scholarships and are limited to tuition expenses only. 

Non-music majors who commit to enrolling in large ensembles and enroll in private lessons (in areas other than female voice) may also audition for Music Performance Awards during their senior year of high school. Non-music majors may received award amounts ranging up to $3,000. 

Music Performance Awards are announced in mid-March. The award is renewable each year for a total of four years contingent upon meeting the following criteria: 

  • maintaining a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average in all music courses
  • enrolling in applied music lessons every semester in residence and earning a grade of "B" or higher
  • participating in a large ensemble every semester in residence and earning a grade of "B" or higher

Students accepted into DePauw’s five-year double degree program are eligible to receive a fifth year of scholarship and need-based financial assistance.

For more information regarding Music Performance Awards, please contact George Palton at

US citizens and permanents residents wishing to be considered for need-based financial aid should follow the instructions for prospective students.