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Graduate/Certificate Financial Aid

​​ Tuition and Fees

The School of Music’s graduate tuition is charged per credit hour. Graduate tuition for students entering in the fall of 2024 is $988 per credit hour. Tuition is billed in thirds and due at the beginning of each quarter.  All fees for students entering in the fall of 2024 are as follows:

  • Tuition costs – $988 per credit hour
    • Tuition for typical full-time master’s degree students (24 credits per year) will be $23,712 per year
    • Tuition for typical full-time performance certificate students (18 credits per year) will be $17,784 per year
  • UPass  fee – $105 per quarter
  • Athletic fee – $25​

Financial Assistance

School of Music Awards

You will automatically be considered for a School of Music Award based on your entrance audition. Music Performance Awards are merit-based scholarships. No additional paperwork is required.

School of Music Awards are renewable given your full-time enrollment in the School of Music and your participation in assigned ensembles and other School of Music productions.

Need-Based Financial Aid

There are two types of need-based financial assistance available to admitted master’s and performance certificate students: loans and work study.  To be considered for a need-based financial aid package, applicants must submit a valid Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  This is the only application required for need-based financial aid.

The FAFSA can be submitted online at  To have your FAFSA results reported to the School of Music, 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.

Academic scholarships are not offered to graduate and post-master's certificate students.

The Post-Master’s Certificate program is approved as a Gainful Employment Program through the US Department of Education and is, therefore, eligible for Federal Student Aid.

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DePaul School of Music
Office of Admissions
804 West Belden Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60614