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News and Announcements

Explore Financing Options

There are financing options available for students and families to explore for the upcoming 2021-2022 academic year. Options include:

You can explore more options available to you at the Financing Options page.

Update to 2021-2022 Federal Verification Process

In order to provide relief to students and colleges facing barriers resulting from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of Education has decided to re-focus 2021–2022 verification efforts on select criteria. As a result, the department has waived most FAFSA verification requirements, excluding Identity/Statement of Education Purpose and High School Completion Status.

The Office of Financial Aid has started to review which students selected for verification for the 2021–2022 academic year can have their requirement waived based on this update. 

Students are encouraged to monitor the status of their financial aid via DrexelOne to ensure they are completing any outstanding requirement needed to finalize their financial aid for the upcoming year.

2021 Pennsylvania Summer State Grant

The 2021 Pennsylvania Summer State Grant application is now available.

In order to be considered for the PA State Summer Grant, students must apply by logging into their Account Access mailbox at the PHEAA website and complete the application. The grant is available to undergraduate students who are also residents of Pennsylvania. For additional details, please visit the Pennsylvania Summer State Grant Program website.

The deadline to apply is August 15, 2021.

2021 Placement Exams

If you are an entering first-year student, you must complete your required placement exams so that Drexel University can develop your fall 2021 course schedule.

  • Placement exams assess the prior knowledge a student has and the proficiency a student needs in the subject areas relevant to their chosen major.
  • They present an opportunity to tailor-fit a student's first-year courses according to their relative skill level.
  • A fall course schedule will not be completed until the student has taken all of their required placement exams.

All placement exams must be completed by the Wednesday, June 30, 2021 deadline.

How to Begin Your Placement Exams

  • Log in to DrexelOne.
  • Find the Student Checklist on the Welcome tab.
  • Expand the checklist item "Placement Exams" to access your required placement exam(s).
  • Set aside at least 90 minutes for each required exam.
  • Once you start an exam, you cannot stop and restart the exam.
  • You can only take each exam once.

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Announcement Regarding Tuition for 2021-2022

President Fry issued the following statement regarding tuition for 2021–2022 on March 16, 2021:

Dear Students and Colleagues,

We realize that these have been trying times for Drexel students and their families, full of uncertainty, anxiety and many adjustments. All of us have been faced with challenges along the way, but Drexel remains committed to doing everything we can to support our students in every manner possible. That’s why we are pleased to announce that the Drexel Board of Trustees has approved a tuition freeze for undergraduate students effective for the fall 2021 quarter, which will keep tuition costs in line with spring 2021 rates.

This freeze has been implemented even though significant investments have been made by the University over the last year to ensure the safety and well-being of students as they transition back to campus. Initially, we invested in the campus infrastructure to move to fully virtual learning, and we are continuing to take all necessary steps to bring our students back in the fall. Among the initiatives, we have developed advanced student health screening and testing procedures, conducted performance assessments of our HVAC systems, acquired CDC-approved cleaning and sanitation equipment, and installed partitioning and other physical barriers to encourage social distancing in high-traffic areas around campus. And we just applied to the city to become a vaccine distribution center.

In support of these initiatives — but not starting until the winter 2022 term — the trustees have approved a tuition increase of 2.5 percent for undergraduate students. We remain committed to investing in student aid — with more than $300 million in annual undergraduate support — to assist students with the cost of their education. As always, we intend to manage expenses prudently, prioritize strategic investments, and efficiently operate the University while ensuring that students remain positioned to excel.

Our hope is that the tuition freeze for the fall 2021 quarter will provide a sense of relief and ease some of the hardships faced by undergraduates as they plan for the upcoming term. We are mindful of the lasting impact that COVID-19 is having on students and their families, and Drexel will continue to do all that we can to thoughtfully balance the costs associated with safeguarding everyone in the Drexel community. Our goal always is to align operations with guidelines established by Philadelphia public health officials, while maintaining our commitment to providing students with an exceptional educational experience.


John Fry

Helen Y. Bowman
Executive Vice President, Treasurer and Chief Operating Officer

Paul E. Jensen, PhD
Executive Vice President and Nina Henderson Provost