Paying for graduate school tuition is an important investment in your future, but like all big investments, you may need to explore your funding options.
DePaul University's Financial Aid Office is your guide and resource for making graduate school affordable. Have questions? They'll find answers. Want to apply for financial aid, loans, and scholarships? They’ll point you in the right direction. Need more funding? They know where to look for additional sources. Contact them for more information on these and other funding opportunities.
DePaul University Scholarships and Assistantships
Double Demon Scholarship. This scholarship, offered exclusively to DePaul alumni, covers 25 percent of the tuition for a master's degree or qualifying license or endorsement program in the College of Education.
Any newly admitted student who has graduated from DePaul (has a degree conferred—bachelor’s, master’s or doctorate) will be eligible to receive a Double Demon Scholarship, as a 25% automatic discount, for any GRADUATE coursework they take after the degree is conferred. This includes degree coursework, certificate coursework, and non-degree coursework. It does not include coursework from the Center for Professional Education (CPE), Institute for Professional Development (IPD), coursework in a doctoral program or a master of fine arts (MFA), Music, Theatre, Law and a few other select programs. The Double Demon Scholarship cannot be used in conjunction with any other institutional aid or discount.
College of Education Scholarships. Available through generous donations to the College of Education, these scholarships are available to students who are enrolled in courses. They are administered by the College of Education.
Graduate Assistantships. Graduate assistants work 20 hours per week at DePaul, and in return, they receive a small stipend and tuition remission for two classes per quarter.
U.S. Department of Education Grants & Loan Forgiveness Programs
TEACH Grant. The Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH Grant) is a new federal grant program for students who plan to teach a high-need subject in a public or private elementary or secondary school that serves students from low-income families. The TEACH grant provides up to $4,000 per year. As a recipient of a TEACH Grant, you must teach for at least four academic years within eight calendar years of completing your program of study for which you received a TEACH Grant.
Student loan forgiveness programs. You may qualify for one of these student loan forgiveness programs sponsored by the federal government. More information on each is available from the Financial Aid Office.
Gateways to Opportunity Scholarship. Students in the Early Childhood Education master's degree program who have been working in an early childhood setting for at least one year could qualify for this scholarship funding. It covers 50-90 percent of a student’s tuition (depending on his/her income) for up to 20 quarter hours per year.
James Madison Graduate Fellowship. The James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation offers $24,000 fellowships to graduate students desiring to become outstanding teachers of the U.S. Constitution at the secondary school level. One fellowship is awarded per state per year.
Minority Teachers of Illinois Scholarship. The MTI scholarship is available to minority students who plan to teach in a nonprofit Illinois public, private or parochial preschool, elementary or secondary school that has no less than a 30 percent minority student enrollment.