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Tuition & Aid


The Theatre School’s tuition is billed as a guaranteed package rate, which means you pay one flat fee each year for all of your coursework and production work. You are billed the same rate each year you are in a program up to the standard length of the program. (In other words, your tuition rate is locked in at the rate you paid for your first year of the program.) For current tuition rates, please visit DePaul University’s Tuition page.


Every admitted Theatre School applicant is awarded a Theatre School Scholarship. These scholarships are based on a combination of both the applicant’s academic record and audition or interview, and all students are automatically considered for the scholarship provided that they have completed all admissions application requirements.

Theatre School Scholarships generally range from $10,000 to $30,000 annually and are automatically renewable for up to four years, provided the student remains in good standing. Theatre School Scholarships are awarded in the admissions decision letter.

Financial Aid

There are several types of need-based financial aid available to admitted students, including federal/state grants and loans. To be considered for a need-based financial aid package, applicants must submit a valid Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA is not required for scholarship consideration.

The FAFSA becomes available on October 1 each year and can either be submitted through a hard copy (generally available from high school guidance counselor offices or college financial aid offices) or online at To have your FAFSA results reported to The Theatre School, enter DePaul University’s FAFSA code, 001671, in the college section.

We suggest you complete the FAFSA by February 15. Because financial aid packages are packaged on a first-come, first-served basis, submitting your FAFSA by this date will insure you receive full consideration for need-based financial aid.

Financial aid packages are communicated electronically to students only after they have been admitted to The Theatre School. Financial aid packages are sent separately from the admissions decision letter and generally arrive by April 1 if a student has submitted the FAFSA and any requested supporting documentation by February 15.


On-campus housing is guaranteed for incoming Theatre School students, provided that you have enrolled and completed the housing application by the required deadline. On-campus housing for new Theatre School students consists of double occupancy rooms in a variety of residence halls across the Lincoln Park campus. There is not a theatre-specific dorm or hall, but it is likely that you will have a Theatre School roommate. Room and board costs at DePaul University typically average between $12,000 and $15,000 annually depending on which residence hall and meal plan you choose. Visit the Department of Housing for more information about meal plans and residence halls, including virtual tours.

All students, including first year students, have the option of living off-campus. Students living off-campus have the option to purchase meal plans but are not required to do so.