Fall 2020: Tuition and Fees FAQ hardship

What help is available to Harris students who face unexpected financial hardship?

There are two sources of funding available to students who face unexpected financial hardship: the Bursar’s Emergency Assistance Program and Harris Emergency Scholarships. Information about each program is below.

While both of these programs have been in place for years, COVID has increased the need for these programs. Harris has prioritized emergency scholarship funding for students experiencing financial hardship, more than quadrupling the amount of emergency funding awarded last year. We are continuing to work to make more emergency funding available through multiple internal and external channels and will continue to use every lever available to provide relief to students in financial distress.

Harris Emergency Scholarship Fund

Harris emergency scholarships are intended for cases where a student has a major financial hardship that they could not have foreseen when they enrolled, and that would likely prevent them from being able to continue their studies here. Applications are evaluated throughout the year on a rolling basis. You can apply for an emergency scholarship through Harris by completing this form: Harris Emergency Scholarship Request. When applying, students should outline clearly both how their situation has changed and what other sources of funding they’ve attempted to secure.

Non-Tuition Emergency Funding

The University Bursar’s Office has Emergency Assistance Programs available to help students with non-tuition needs like living and travel expenses, technology purchases related to online coursework, medical bills, or any other unexpected expenses not related to tuition.  The Bursar’s Office offers a number of emergency funding types, including emergency grants, short-term loans, and advances on students’ financial aid. While the Bursar’s Office has a number of emergency funding options, there is no need to determine which program is the best fit—students complete one application and the Bursar’s Office considers the request for all applicable assistance programs.  If your request is approved, you receive payment in a matter of days.  We encourage you to use this resource for your non-tuition needs.

Fall 2020: Tuition and Fees FAQ USHIP info

Where can I get the latest information about Student Health Insurance (U-SHIP)?

The most up-to-date information about student insurance for the fall quarter can be found here:  https://wellness.uchicago.edu/student-insurance/u-ship/faqs-and-other-resources/. It is important to note that U-SHIP is just one of the health insurance options students have available to them. Students can either enroll in or waive U-SHIP, but students who opt to waive must provide proof of comparable coverage.

Fall 2020: Tuition and Fees FAQ USHIP enroll

Does the University offer flexibility to enroll in U-SHIP for just part of the year if my location changes during the year?

Yes. While students typically need to make an election for their U-SHIP coverage for the entire year, this year additional flexibility is being offered. Students who come to Chicago mid-year may opt-in to U-SHIP, as “resuming on-campus study” will be considered a qualifying life event for the 2020-21 plan year.

Fall 2020: Tuition and fees FAQ factors

What factors does Harris consider when setting tuition?

Harris’ ability to deliver an exceptional student experience depends on the tuition dollars that fund our operations. Tuition dollars support educational programs, services, faculty, and staff that we are committed to and that our students depend on. Our tuition rates are based on careful ongoing analysis of the cost of providing these important resources for our students’ education and experience along with economic conditions. Delivering this superior educational experience while also promoting health and safety during the pandemic has required the school to incur additional costs, which will not be passed on to students.


Fall 2020: Tuition and Fees FAQ opportunities affordable

What opportunities does Harris make available to students to ensure affordability and access to its educational programs?

Harris is unwavering in our commitment to supporting our students during these difficult financial times.  We are using – and will continue to use – every lever available to provide relief to students in financial distress. We are prioritizing emergency scholarship funding for students experiencing financial hardship and have set up a Harris-specific fund for this purpose. Emergency funding for non-tuition expenses is available through the Bursar’s Office. In addition, Harris continues to work actively to secure new sources of financial aid through outreach and philanthropy to augment the scholarships we offer our students. This year alone, Harris secured three new named scholarships tallying more than a million dollars as part of our ongoing commitment to education access and opportunity.