Tuition and Expenses

At Harris Public Policy, we are committed to helping you finance your degree. Financial obligations can be met through scholarships and fellowships as well as traditional financial aid. 

The total cost of attending Harris is comprised of tuition, fees, and living expenses.


Tuition rates for the current academic year appear on the Office of the Bursar page. Tuition is subject to an estimated 3 to 5 percent increase from year to year. For master’s students, the tuition rate is based on the number of classes taken each quarter. Full-time students take three courses each term. Evening Program students take 2.25 courses per term. For PhD students, the tuition rate is based on year of residency.


Each quarter, students in the master’s and PhD programs based on the Hyde Park campus will be charged a University student life fee. These fees cover many services dedicated to enhancing the quality of student life and campus activities, and are used to provide and promote educational, social, cultural, and recreational programs and services for all students throughout the year. See additional details and the current year’s rate here. Students in the Evening Master’s Program based at 1871 are not assessed the student life fee.

Students will also be charged a one-time transcript fee in their first quarter which allows them to request an unlimited number of official transcripts throughout their lifetime. The fee is set at $75 as of autumn 2017. See more information here.

Health Insurance

All students are required to have health insurance, and students can opt to purchase this insurance through the University, or opt out and purchase other coverage. The cost of the insurance varies year to year. Full-time students will need to opt out of coverage if they wish to use other insurance, while Evening Program students must proactively opt-in if they wish to have UChicago health insurance. See current rates and additional information here.

Living Expenses

The University of Chicago uses one standard cost of living estimate for all graduate students. The actual cost of living (housing, food, and other expenses) will vary student-to-student, but this rate gives a good sense of average cost. This rate  is also the rate used for federal student loans and by Office of International Affairs for visa purposes. See the University’s Graduate Financial Aid page for the current rate. Please note that international students must use the 12-month rate.

Tuition, insurance, and student life fees are paid in quarterly installments, autumn, winter and spring quarter.