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, part-time jobs, and student loans.

Applying for Financial Assistance

  • Complete your FAFSA (Domestic and Permanent Residents only).

    • Your first step is to complete the Free Application for Financial Student Aid (FAFSA). While the priority deadline is in May, you should complete this as soon as possible.

    • Be sure to add our Federal school code (001774).

    • Within about two weeks, you will receive a Student Aid Report (SAR).

    • Note: All graduate students are considered independent when determining Federal loan and work-study eligibility. We do not require that you list parental income on the FAFSA.

  • Review your financial aid package on your My.UChicago portal.

    • Accept or decline the Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan portion of your financial aid award once it posts to My.UChicago.

    • The GradPLUS portion of your package (if applicable) shows your eligibility to apply for this loan. To submit an application for the GradPLUS, please visit studentloans.gov. Once approved, you application will be processed by the Graduate Financial Aid office at the university

  • Contact Admissions with any questions about your scholarship or fellowship.

  • Complete the Federal Direct Unsubsidized, Graduate PLUS & Alternative Loan Applications, Promissory Notes and Entrance Counseling.

    • Finish the Federal Direct and/or Alternative loan processes by completing the appropriate application and promissory note for each loan for which you are applying.

The UChicago Graduate Financial Aid office outlines the application steps and provides other resources about graduate financial aid.

Scholarships and Fellowships

If you have received a Harris 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. The priority deadline in May, but you should apply as soon as possible. The UChicago Graduate Financial Aid office outlines the application steps and provides other resources about graduate financial aid.

Pay attention to the priority deadlines listed on the Graduate Financial Aid office webpage. If you apply later than the deadlines for your start quarter, 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. Graduate Financial Aid 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.

You can also review the on-campus student job openings. There are numerous options for you to work part-time as a Research Assistant or as a Teaching Assistant. Most instructors select their own TAs, so reaching out to faculty whose courses interest you is advised.

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 scholarships and 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.

The UChicago GRAD fellowships database is a great resource for identifying scholarships, fellowships, and other sources of financial assistance from outside organizations. In addition, international students can learn about additional funding opportunities from education-related resources available at American consulates in their home countries.

If you do receive a scholarship from an entity other than then Harris and need your sponsor(s) to be invoiced by the University directly, you might be required to provide a Third Party Contract (TPC).