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Cost is a crucial consideration when applying to graduate programs. Many students finance their education using scholarships, fellowships, and student loans.
If you have received a scholarship or fellowship, you would have received notification about it as part of your acceptance. Please contact the Office of Admissions via email or by calling 773-702-8400 if you have any questions about your scholarship or fellowship offer.
There are numerous other options available to help you finance the cost of your education.
Federal assistance is available to US students and permanent residents through loans and work-study. You should apply as soon as possible. The UChicago Student Loan Administration (SLA) outlines the application steps and provides other resources about graduate financial aid. Note that the priority deadline for applications for entering student is Friday, May 5, 2017. If you apply later, you may still be able to receive a loan; however, your loan funds may not be available at the beginning of the quarter.
Alternative (Private) Loans are also available for domestic and international students from most countries. Approval for an Alternative Loan is contingent upon your credit rating. SLA has more information about the steps to apply for alternative loans.
In addition to the Federal Work-Study Program, the Harris Career Development Office maintains postings for on- and off-campus employment, as does the University's Office of Career Advancement.
The University of Chicago undergraduate College often has a need for experienced tutors in such areas as mathematics, economics, chemistry, and other courses. These are salaried positions and carry no tuition remission.
In addition, College Housing has positions for resident heads in the undergraduate residence halls available each year. These positions offer room and board.
Many students also receive aid from third-party funding resources. Numerous philanthropic foundations, scholarship organizations, and government institutions offer scholarship and other support for students pursuing public policy degrees. Our Third-Party Funding Guide is a great resource for identifying scholarships, fellowships, and other sources of financial assistance from outside organizations.
If you are planning to use any funding resource, be sure to understand the terms of repayment before you apply. Our Student Loan Administration Office manages this process for graduate students. You can also learn more through Federal Student Aid.
Other useful resources include the following:
Student Employment at UChicago provides students with meaningful opportunities to advance their academic and professional goals. There are a wide variety of on-campus jobs, internships, and research positions, as well as several opportunities with local off-campus organizations. Both Federal Work-Study and non-Work-Study positions are available. Students will have access to these openings just before the start of fall term.
Check out all Student Employment openings.
The most current information about tuition for master's degree and PhD students in scholastic residence enrolled full time in the program is available from the Office of the Bursar. You can also find a list of estimated expenses you will incur during the course of the school year to assist as you plan for your financial needs.