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Student services and engagement

We understand you and your families may be facing financial pressures caused by the pandemic. DePaul has already started an urgent fundraising campaign to provide additional targeted grant support to students based on financial need. This is in addition to our decision last spring to rescind a planned tuition increase for the 2020-2021 academic year in recognition of the economic impact COVID-19 has had on many families. For fall, we also will cancel the student activity fee and Athletics fee, and the student U-Pass​ will be optional for eligible students.​

​Please visit DePaul's off-campus housing website. The site can help you find roommates, furniture and other resources. You can also engage other apartment-finding services in Chicago, like Domu and Apartment People.

Yes.​ Non-resident students can sign up for a plan by completing a non-resident meal plan form

Students can also add flex dollars to their student ID and use it for DePaul dining. All dining locations also accept cash and debit cards.​

DePaul University neither recommends nor advises against particular properties. Sudents should determine what is most important to them in off-campus housing (neighborhood, price, safety, proximity to other college students, etc.), and then research and visit various properties that align with their goals. Make sure to visit several properties for comparison purposes. You can learn more on DePaul’s off-campus housing website​.​

​ID cards ​will be available for students with in-person classes at the start of the Fall Quarter.​ Please visit DePaul's ID Services website for the latest information on locations and hours of operation.

Student U-Passes will be offered to eligible students this fall. For the Fall Quarter only, students can opt out of the program. For the most up-to-date information on U-Passes, visit the U-Pass @ DePaul website​

​No, there are still plenty of rental properties available in Chicago, even with leases starting September 1. Visit DePaul's off-campus housing website ​for more information.

  • If you want to be engaged in out-of-class activities but are not sure where to start, visit the Involvement Calculator​ to get pointed in the right direction. Answer a series of questions and the calculator will make recommendations for you.
  • ​​University staff created many online opportunities for meetings, events and speakers using Zoom and DeHub.
  • The DePaul Engagement Network (DEN) in DeHub lists and hosts various remote engagement opportunities. Make sure to join and check frequently for added events.
  • DePaul’s Newsline Daily will continue to list featured events, including those in DEN. Make sure to check that daily email.
  • If you are a student organization leader or member, contact the Office of Student Involvement at studentinvolvement@depaul.edu or visit their virtual office​ to learn more about DEN and how to create online or remote events and meetings for your organization.

​In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and Student Affairs' continued commitment to connect with students during this challenging time, most Student Affairs departments now have virtual offices. They act as reception areas to take walk-ins and field general questions. 

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