Student Financial Accounts > FAQ > Refunds


Why am I receiving a refund?

If you received a refund, you may have an overpayment on your tuition account or excess financial aid.

How do I request my refund?

Credit balances that are generated by the application of federal student aid or state financial aid are refunded within 14 days. If you have a credit balance resulting from another form of payment, you may call DePaul Central at (312) 362-8610 or email Student Accounts at​

What are the options for receiving my refund?

The ways in which you may elect to receive your refund are listed below. You may change your payment option at any time with written notice to

Refund Options:

  1. By direct deposit into an existing financial account of your choice. Instructions for registering for direct deposit are copied below.​
  2. By direct deposit into a newly created financial account of your choice. Although it is not necessary to receive your refund, you may elect to participate in student banking services offered to DePaul students by Wintrus​t​. ​​
  3. ​By refunding the credit card you used to make an initial payment.​
  4. By contacting DePaul Central for assistance if you are unable to use any of the above options.

To Register for Direct Deposit: 

You may sign up for direct deposit by going to the Student Center in Campus Connect (​)and clicking "Account Inquiry." On the page that loads, there will be a tab titled "Banking Information". There you may designate a savings or checking account for your existing and future refunds.

Click here to view step-by-step instructions for Direct Deposit.​

Will a refund be sent to me automatically after I drop a course before the 100 percent drop date?

If your account was paid using federal or state financial aid (in whole or in part) and you drop a course, your account may be reviewed to determine your revised eligibility and your credit balance refund, if any, will be issued within 14 days.

If your entire account balance was paid in full through your personal payment, you would need to contact a Student Accounts representative at (312) 362-8610 to request a refund, otherwise a refund will be sent to you at the end of the term if you are still eligible to receive the refund.​​

What if I lose my refund check or the check does not reach me?

A stop payment may be placed on the check two weeks after the issued date. You may contact the Student Accounts office if you have not recieved your check from the date of issue. If the check has not been cashed, a replacement check will be issued. If you wish to avoid the risks of lost checks or mail delays, you should sign up for Direct Deposit​.

When are financial aid refunds available?

Credit balances that are generated by the application of federal student aid or state financial aid are refunded within 14 days.​

How would I be eligible for a financial aid refund?

If your financial aid and/or payments exceed your cost, you may be eligible for a refund.​

Can I pick up my refund in person?

No.  The quickest way to receive your funds is to sign up for Direct Deposit​, as all refund checks are mailed.