The Cost of College

There may be a variety of costs associated with getting an education, so it’s good to be aware of them. Having an understanding of college expenses and a plan for paying them could help you save in the long run.

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Tuition

Tuition costs vary depending on the number of credits you’re taking, the program you’re in, and what financing options are available to help. Your tuition will likely cover the cost of enrollment in your classes, and sometimes other university fees, but it does not include variable costs like books, living expenses, or equipment.

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Other Expenses

Your total cost of attending college includes your tuition, fees and the indirect costs required to help you complete your education. These additional expenses might include

  • Textbooks
  • Supplies
  • Transportation
  • Loan fees
  • Technology costs, such as devices, software, Wi-Fi access
  • Additional options for on campus housing, dependent care, or food allowances

Learn about tuition and expenses at DeVry University.

College Financial Aid Checklist

If you’re ready to get started, here are a few steps you can take to begin budgeting your education.

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Determine your eligibility for federal aid. There are a variety of requirements, ranging from citizenship to previous academic standing and loan status.

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Determine your dependency status. Additional information may be needed if you are considered a dependent of your parents or other guardians.

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Gather financial documents needed to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®).

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Apply for your Federal Student Aid ID and complete your application at fafsa.ed.gov. If you are a dependent student, both you and a parent will need a FSA ID to electronically sign your FAFSA.

Financial Plan

Meet with your prospective school’s Financial Aid office to discuss your personalized financial plan.

Learn more about tuition and financial aid at DeVry University, or download our financial guide that includes checklists and other details.

Financial Aid Application Tips

Apply early.

Check for accuracy.

Plan ahead.

Think toward the future.

Keep the lines of communication open.

Know that your information is kept confidential.

Apply early.

Submit your application as soon as possible to be deemed eligible for assistance. Any federal loan or grant money for which you qualify will likely not be available to you for 8-10 weeks after applying.

Check for accuracy.

Check paperwork and online documents for accuracy and completeness, including signatures, to avoid delays in processing.

Plan ahead.

When applying for financial aid, you will be asked to provide financial information based on the previous tax information. The earlier families prepare their taxes, the earlier they can apply for financial aid. You may be asked to verify the financial information on your applications, so keep all of this financial documentation in a convenient location.

Think toward the future.

Circumstances can affect the amount of aid awarded from year to year, therefore we reassess financial aid annually. This means you will need to reapply every year.

Keep the lines of communication open.

Financial aid is awarded to the student; therefore, DeVry University's policy is to communicate with the student first as the person who will ultimately be responsible for his or her finances. If you are the parent, please be aware of this as you anticipate news about financial awards.

Know that your information is kept confidential.

Please know that DeVry keeps all of your personal, financial and identifying information confidential. Therefore, we ask for a student's ID number or other identifier when students call for information, not merely for our convenience, but as a protective measure for the student's information. Furthermore, federal FERPA laws govern the information we can give to the parent about the student.

Ways to Save

Beyond financial aid, there are several other options available to help you find ways to save when paying for college.

Transfer credits

Military Benefits

International Student Benefits

Federal Work-Study

Employer Reimbursement

Payment Plans

Transfer credits

If you’ve already taken a few college classes, or if you’ve received corporate training, you might be able to jump start your journey to your degree  by transferring your credits.  It’s important to consult with schools you are considering to find out which prior courses or learning experiences can qualify for transfer credits.

Military Benefits

If you’ve served in the military, or are on active duty in any of the five branches of the U.S. Armed Forces, you or your spouse are eligible for discounted military tuition rates for undergraduate or graduate programs; through the GI Bill®.

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International Student Benefits

The American Pathways for International Scholars program provides group tuition rates for students studying online from their home country.

Federal Work-Study

This program provides part-time work for students on or off campus. Wages are paid directly to the student through a combination of federal and institutional or agency funds. These funds do not count against loan eligibility.

Employer Reimbursement

Many employers offer tuition reimbursement to their employees to help offset the costs of education. These benefits can include waived application fees, deferred billing plans, or a direct billing arrangement between your school and your employer. Talk to your human resources department about any education benefits available to you.

Payment Plans

Many schools offer payment plan options so you don’t have to pay for everything all at once. When you are considering a school, ask the Financial Aid office to explain payment plan options available to you.

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by the VA is available at the official U.S. government website: www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.

FAFSA® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Education.