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Tuition, Housing, & 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. Your tuition rate is locked in at the rate you paid for your first year of the program, up to the standard length of the program. Annual tuition for BFA students entering The Theatre School in fall 2021 is $42,651. For historical rates, please visit the university’s Tuition page.


On-campus housing is typically guaranteed for incoming Theatre School students, provided that you have accepted your admissions offer and completed the housing application by that year's housing 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 DePaul Housing for more information about meal plan and residence hall options.

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.

Scholarships & Financial Aid

The Theatre School Scholarship

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 admissions audition or interview. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is not required for the Theatre School Scholarship. 

External Scholarships

External scholarships are offered by organizations and foundations other than DePaul. Some of the best resources for scholarships are organizations with which you or your family is associated (e.g., parent's employer, ethnic heritage groups, Kiwanis club, nonprofit volunteer organizations, community organizations, high schools, etc.). You can research these opportunities on scholarship search websites or through the database of external scholarships maintained by DePaul's Office of Financial Aid. Some arts-specific external scholarship examples are below, to help you start your own search:

Need-Based 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 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.

Need-based financial aid awards are communicated electronically to students a week or two after they have been admitted to The Theatre School. Financial aid packages generally are available no later than April 1 if a student has submitted the FAFSA and any requested supporting documentation by February 15.

Other Financial Resources: