Tuition & Financial Aid

CDM understands financing your education can be a major concern. The Office of Student Accounts and the Office of Financial Aid are available to meet with you and discuss ways to finance your education.

Tuition Costs

Up-to-date tuition costs for the academic year are available through the Office of Student Accounts. There is no difference in cost for taking classes on different campuses, online, or for out-of-state students. Learn more about tuition rates.

Undergraduate Tuition

Please visit DePaul's Office of Financial Aid for more information on tuition and financial aid.

Graduate Tuition

Graduate tuition is charged on a per-credit hour basis. Please visit the Office of Financial Aid for more information on tuition and financial aid.

If you are a graduate student who receives tuition reimbursement from your employer, you may apply for the Employer Tuition Deferal Plan. Through this deferred billing program, you may delay paying your tuition until after you have received your course grades, which many employers require for reimbursement. However, you may not participate in the program during terms in which you are receiving financial aid. There is an application fee for this program. For further information, please visit the payment plans webpage.

*Please note that in the case where a graduate student takes required or elective courses in another program at DePaul the tuition is charged at that program's tuition rate.

Scholarships for Incoming Students

MS-MA Graduate Scholarship

The CDM MS-MA Graduate Scholarship (excluding those seeking the DCMA degree, see DCMA scholarship information below) is for new students entering Fall 2017 who are seeking a MA or MS degree and are U.S. citizens or permanent U.S. residents.

This one-time scholarship is awarded as $1,000 per term, for the first three (3) terms of enrollment, for a total award of $3,000. This award cannot be used in combination with any other DePaul scholarships, waivers or awards. Students are automatically reviewed at the time of admission for this scholarship.

For more information on this scholarship, please contact the CDM Graduate Admission Office at admission@cdm.depaul.edu or call (312) 362-8714.

DCMA Scholarship

The CDM DCMA Scholarship is for new students entering Fall 2017, seeking a MA degree in DCMA with a Media Arts concentration and are U.S. citizens or permanent U.S. residents.

This one-time scholarship is awarded as $525 per course, up to two courses per term (or $1,050) for the duration of the program. This award cannot be used in combination with any other DePaul scholarships, waivers or awards. Students are automatically reviewed at the time of admission for this scholarship.

For more information on this scholarship, please contact the CDM Graduate Admission Office at admission@cdm.depaul.edu or call (312) 362-8714.

Double Demon Scholarship

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.

For more information about the scholarship, contact admission@cdm.depaul.edu.

MFA Scholarship

A limited number of $7500 scholarships are available for incoming MFA students. $2500 is awarded in each of the first three quarters of attendance.

Qualifying Criteria

  • Incoming MFA student in any CDM MFA program
  • Portfolio review

All admitted MFA students will be reviewed so no scholarship application is required. These merit based scholarships cannot be combined with any other institutional aid.

Scholarships for Continuing Students

CDM Scholarships

View the current list scholarships available to CDM students.

Assistantships and Stipends

A limited number of funding opportunities are available for qualified CDM graduate students. Assistantships are tuition and/or monetary awards based on academic merit, experience in the field, and recommendations. An assistantship typically requires the recipient to perform some service for CDM such as tutoring, grading or lab support. CDM awards two kinds of assistantships:

Graduate Assistantships

Intended for any degree-seeking (PhD, MS, MA and MFA) graduate student in CDM. A graduate assistantship may include tuition awards for one or more courses per quarter and a small stipend (not sufficient to satisfy the financial requirement for a student visa). Full graduate assistant awards require that the student works 20 hours per week and include two course tuition waivers. Partial awards require that the student works 10 hours per week and include one course tuition waiver. Students may apply for a Graduate Assistantship after their first year of study.

Ph.D. Stipends

Intended for full-time students pursuing a PhD at CDM. All PhD stipends include tuition awards for two courses per quarter plus a living stipend (sufficient to satisfy the financial requirement needed to obtain a student visa). This award requires that the student works 20 hours per week (typically, tutoring or lab support). PhD stipends are primarily intended for new PhD students starting in the fall quarter, and the award decisions are made at the same time that fall quarter admissions decisions are made. However, current PhD students without funding may also apply.

If you are applying to the PhD program, you should submit a separate application form requesting financial aid. The stipend application form must be submitted by the January deadline for fall admission. Notice that only applicants for fall admission will be considered for financial aid. For more information, please contact admission@cdm.depaul.edu.

Military Students

DePaul University is a participant in the Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program, which will cover almost all tuition expenses for veterans who qualify for the Post 9/11 GI Bill at 100 percent of the benefit. Learn more about Veterans Financial Aid at DePaul University or to speak to someone about military financial aid, please contact Megan Burda.

The Office of Financial Aid can assist you with a variety of forms that need to be submitted for the GI Bill. The forms you will need to submit are as follows:

All Financial documents except the FAFSA should be sent to:

Megan Burda
Office of Financial Aid
DePaul Center, Room 9100
1 E. Jackson Blvd
Chicago, IL 60604