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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.) Annual tuition for BFA students entering The Theatre School in fall 2020 is $41,814. For historical rates, please visit th university’s Tuition page.


On-campus housing is guaranteed for incoming Theatre School students, provided that you have accepted your admissions offer and completed the housing application by the deadline. Annual room and board costs typically average between $12,000 and $15,000 depending on which residence hall and meal plan you choose. Visit the Department of Housing for more information about meal plan and residence hall options, including virtual tours.

All students, including new 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.


In the admissions decision letter, every admitted Theatre School student is awarded a Theatre School Scholarship ranging between $15,000 and $30,000. The scholarship is automatically renewable up to four years, provided the student remains in good standing. The scholarship amount is based on a combination of the applicant’s academic record and their audition or interview.

In addition to The Theatre School Scholarship, we encourage applicants to search for and apply to scholarships outside of DePaul. Many scholarships can be found online, through your current school, or through organizations in your community.

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 need-based financial aid, 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 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 shortly after they have been admitted to The Theatre School. Financial aid packages generally are available by April 1 if a student has submitted the FAFSA and any requested supporting documentation by February 15.

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