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    Student Policies

    1. Registration
    2. Confirmations
    3. Transfers and Cancellations
    4. Payment
    5. Class Attendance
    6. Grades and Records
    7. FERPA
    8. International Students
    9. Miscellaneous

    Registration Policy

    Full payment for registration is due seven (7) calendar days before the start date of the course. If registration occurs after this timeframe a $75.00 late fee will be assessed. Upon first registration with DePaul University, students will be asked to create a student record.

    Registration Confirmations

    An email confirmation will be automatically sent to the email address provided, but anyone needing a separate confirmation or receipt should contact DePaul SCPS at (312) 362-6300 or

    Transfers and Cancellations

    DePaul SCPS reserves the right to cancel courses due to low enrollment and unforeseen circumstances. If a course is cancelled when a student has already made payment, the student will have the option of transferring to a different course or receiving a full refund without any fees or penalties. Students who choose to transfer to a course with a different price will receive a partial refund or will be responsible for the additional cost. All airfare and other transportation costs related to a Continuing and Professional Education course are the sole responsibility of the student. If you book flights, bus ticket, or other mode of transportation, you assume the risk in the event we must cancel the course. DePaul University leaves the choice of transportation and affiliated expenses up to each individual.

    Transfers between Courses
    In order to transfer from a course for which you have registered to another course, you must send a written request to at least seven (7) days before the course is scheduled to start. Students will be allowed one transfer per course. If a second transfer is requested, you will be required to drop the course and re-register. A $75 cancellation fee will be assessed. No transfers will be permitted after the close of the seven-day window. Tuition is non- refundable less than seven (7) days before the course start date or after it has started.

    Cancellations and Refunds
    All requests to cancel registration and receive refunds must be sent to or via fax to 312-362-8764. Requests must be received at least seven (7) days before the course is scheduled to start.

    If a cancellation notification is received before the seven-day window closes, a full refund, minus a $75 cancellation fee, will be remitted.

    Refunds will be applied through the original payment method, e.g. credit card payments will receive a credit on the same card. The university takes three (3) to four (4) weeks to process refunds via check or credit card.

    Non-refundable Cancellations
    Tuition is non-refundable less than seven (7) days before the course start date or after it has started.


    Method of Payment
    Payment is due in full upon registration. Accepted methods of payment are: checks made payable to DePaul University SCPS, money order, VISA, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover. Cash is not accepted. Checks should be payable to DePaul University SCPS and reference the student's name.

    To pay by mail:
    DePaul University School of Continuing and Professional Studies
    1 East Jackson Blvd.
    Chicago, IL 60604

    To pay in person by check (please call to inquire about hours, (312) 362-6300):
    DePaul University School of Continuing and Professional Studies
    14 East Jackson Blvd., Suite 1010
    Chicago, IL 60604

    Each payment returned to SCPS for insufficient funds will carry a $25.00 Non-Sufficient Funds (NSF) fee. Three (3) or more instances of returned payments may deny a student's privilege of paying by personal check or echeck.

    Debit/Credit Card Transaction Fee
    A transaction fee of $.30 + 2.3% of the total payment amount is added when paying with credit or debit card online. This transaction fee is university wide.

    Payment Deferrals
    DePaul SCPS does not offer a payment plan or permit students to pay for registration in installments. However, we do accept payments from third parties on behalf of students who qualify. In particular:
    • If a student’s employer or another organization would like to pay on the student’s behalf, an invoice to initiate payment can be sent. To start the process, documentation such as a purchase order or letter of credit will be needed.
    • If an employer prefers to pay after the course concludes, SCPS will review the organization’s policy on training benefits, any payment history, and other relevant information to determine a student’s eligibility.
    • Students who are not currently employed and are clients of the Illinois Workforce Development System may be eligible for WIOA grants. See below.
    In any of the above situations, DePaul SCPS must approve and process requests before we permit participation in classes. Students requesting deferrals must complete specific forms at least two weeks (14 days) prior to the course start date. Deferrals not received at least fourteen (14) days prior to the course start date may not be approved; those received less than seven (7) days before the course start date will be subject to a $75 late registration fee. Please contact DePaul SCPS at (312) 362-6300 or to obtain the forms for registration and to receive more information regarding payment deferrals.

    Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act (WIOA) Grants
    DePaul University School of Continuing and Professional Studies is an approved provider of WIOA certified programs.

    Prospective students who are unemployed or otherwise meet federal low income guidelines, work in a declining industry or occupation, were subject to a mass layoff, or qualify as displaced homemakers may qualify for WIOA grant funding to pay for state-approved programs.

    To learn eligibility requirements for WIOA grants, students should contact their local agency to set up a mandatory orientation. Visit this website for a list of local agencies.

    For WIOA grant funds to apply, all paperwork must be completed, including a WIOA voucher, before registration, and at least fourteen (14) days prior to the course start date. Neither DePaul SCPS nor the WIOA agency will issue reimbursements for personal funds spent before all of the paperwork has been issued. All approvals and vouchers must arrive before registration to apply WIOA grant funds to a course. Please note that the process takes approximately thirty (30) days after meeting with a designated WIOA counselor.

    Unpaid Balances
    Students who have unpaid balances with DePaul University must first pay their outstanding balance through Student Accounts by contacting or (312) 362-8610 before enrolling in one of our courses.

    Students with any unpaid balances on their DePaul SCPS accounts will not be eligible to register for additional courses. In addition, students with unpaid balances will also be unable to request or receive transcripts, information on grades, or certificate documents until their accounts are paid in full. Unpaid balances older than ninety (90) days will be forwarded to a collections agency. 

    Class Attendance

    Each instructor will establish the attendance policy for the course. In most cases, instructors require students to attend a certain number of class meetings to pass the course.

    Updated Locations and Room Assignments
    Students should visit the DePaul SCPS Continuing and Professional Education website two (2) business days before their course is scheduled to start for location and room assignments. This is where the most up-to-date information will be located. Please note: location and room assignments can change frequently.

    Online Courses
    Online courses require specific computer requirements. Either a PC or Mac will meet the requirements if they have the following:
    • Internet Access
    • Internet Browser
    • Email
    • Microsoft Word
    • Adobe Acrobat Reader
    While an online course is in session, students are responsible for their own progress as the class moves along. The system employed by DePaul for online courses is called Desire 2 Learn (D2L). Registering for specific SCPS Continuing and Professional Education courses will initiate access to D2L, though that access is not instantaneous.

    Course Materials
    Some courses provide materials in class, while others require materials to be purchased in advance. Please refer to the program and/or course website to determine if additional materials will need to be purchased before the course start date.

    Materials can be purchased at the bookstore of the DePaul campus where the student is enrolled. If a student registers after the seven-day registration window closes, the student may not receive the course materials until after the first day of class.

    Student Code of Responsibility
    SCPS Continuing and Professional Education students are expected to uphold the standards of behavior outlined in the Student Code of Responsibility document. Additional guidelines for behavior may be provided by SCPS. Individuals who violate these standards are subject to action at the discretion of the Assistant Dean of Continuing and Professional Education or his/her designee. Such action may include restricting and/or dismissing students from SCPS Continuing and Professional Education courses or activities.

    Students with Disabilities
    SCPS Continuing and Professional Education students seeking disability-related accommodations are required to register with DePaul’s Center for Students with Disabilities (CSD), enabling them to access accommodations and support services to assist their success. The CSD can be reached at or Lewis Center, 25 E. Jackson Blvd., #1420, (312) 362-8002. This is best done prior to the course start date or early in the student’s program so that their needs can be appropriately accommodated.

    Emergency Campus Closings
    DePaul strives to keep buildings and campuses open and operating on a normal class and business schedule. On rare occasions, severe weather may prompt a decision to cancel classes, or an emergency such as a loss of power or fire may cause a building or campus to close temporarily.

    Students and others unsure about whether classes will meet should consult the resources listed on the DePaul University Public Safety website.

    Cancelled Classes
    When there is a cancellation, a program manager will send an email message with a decision regarding if and when the cancelled class will be rescheduled. An updated schedule of the cancelled class may be sent via email or communicated by instructors in class. Questions regarding a cancelled class should be directed to or (312) 362-6300.

    Grades and Records

    Official grades or a CEU can be obtained through accessing the student’s account in Campus Connect. CEU transcripts are records of participation, including a grade and the number of Continuing Education Units (CEUs) awarded.

    Outstanding balances on a student’s account must be paid in full in order to receive a transcript.

    Typically, DePaul University produces and mails certificates on a rolling monthly basis. Any outstanding balance on a student’s account must be paid in full in order to receive a certificate.

    Students who are not able to complete all the requirements of a course may be eligible for an extension and a preliminary grade of “Incomplete.” The instructor and program manager must recommend a grade of Incomplete to DePaul SCPS leadership, which may approve at its discretion. If approval is granted, the student will have six (6) weeks from the last date of the course to complete the requirements.

    Industry Specific Credit
    Students working in particular industries or belonging to specific professional organizations may receive professional development credit specific to their fields. Visit the program or course page on our website to see if a specific program or course carries industry credit.

    Degree Credit
    DePaul’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies (SCPS) has identified several non-credit certificates that are the equivalent of college-level learning. Students who complete these certificates are eligible to apply this credit to their DePaul degree plans.

    Contact DePaul's Office of Prior Learning Assessment at for more information about applying a certificate to your degree. Approved programs include:


    Upon registration for one of SCPS Continuing and Professional Education’s courses, a student’s information becomes subject to the Federal Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). This website describes student rights under FERPA.

    In order to waive their rights under FERPA so that information can be released in a limited circumstance to another party, such as an employer, students must complete a form authorizing DePaul SCPS to release their records. The form can be found here.

    International Students

    DePaul SCPS welcomes students who live abroad and are interested in taking a course. However, our courses and programs are not eligible for a student (F-1 or M-1) visa. To be eligible for a student visa, students must be enrolled in a course of study that grants degrees. DePaul SCPS Continuing and Professional Education courses and programs do not qualify.


    ID Card Benefit
    DePaul SCPS Continuing and Professional Education students are eligible to obtain the DePaul ID Card, the official identification card for DePaul University, when enrolling in a certificate program. This card allows access to a variety of services offered by the university, including library resources, computer labs, and use of printers and copiers during the academic quarter(s) in which a student is enrolled. DePaul cards will expire when the student is no longer enrolled for a quarter.

    Online students can also receive a DePaul ID Card to access library services. For more information, contact DePaul University ID Services.

    Internal Revenue Service Tuition Statements
    DePaul University does not issue 1098-T forms for non-credit activity, including SCPS Continuing and Professional Education courses and programs.