We are committed to helping you identify resources to help finance your education.

Cost is a crucial consideration when applying to graduate programs. Many students finance their education using scholarships, fellowships, and student loans.

Scholarships and Fellowships

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.

Options for Financing for the Balance of Your Education

There are numerous other options available to help you finance the cost of your education.

Federal Loans and Work Study

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 Loans

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.

Other Employment

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.

Third-Party Funding

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.