The majority of our students rely on a combination of financial resources, including scholarships, loans, personal, and third party funding. More detailed information about financial aid and student fees is available on the Bursar's Office website.

When Is Tuition Due?

Tuition is billed before the start of each term. There are four academic terms (quarters) at UChicago: Autumn, Winter, Spring, and Summer. Most Harris students are only enrolled during the Autumn, Winter, and Spring quarters.

UChicago expects tuition and fees to be paid in full before the start of classes. You should arrange for payment from any third-party sponsors or other individuals prior to the first day of classes.

Your first bill will be sent in August, about 4–5 weeks before the start of the Autumn term.

Note: If you are required to attend the Academic English Pre-Matriculation Program, you will be billed for the cost of that program in mid-August.

Paying Your Bill

You will be able to access information about charges (tuition, fees, housing, etc.), payments (cash, check, etc.) and credits (financial aid, scholarships, etc.) in your My.UChicago student portal. By default, you will be billed for three courses, which is the equivalent of full-time enrollment.

As a student or payer, you have several options to manage your student account:

Each of these options has enrollment and application procedures required for participation. These should be evaluated, selected, and executed each enrollment period.

Federal Loans (Domestic Students)

If you are receiving any federal loans, your funds will be applied directly to your My.UChicago account one week before the start of each quarter.

You will receive a refund if your financial aid disbursement exceeds the total tuition and fees charges for the quarter. This is normal if the amount you borrow is in excess of tuition and fees in order to cover living expenses. Please note that tuition and fees as well as financial aid disbursements can fluctuate for a variety of reasons (e.g., change in enrollment, change in federal aid eligibility, etc.). You should confirm that your refund is correct before using any of the money.

Any refund will be sent automatically each quarter to the address you have on file with the University. We recommend that you sign up for direct deposit in your My.UChicago account so that this money can be deposited as an electronic payment directly into your bank account.

More information about federal loans and payments.


Scholarships are disbursed each quarter. Harris Financial Aid serves as a liaison between our students and university's central offices. Once your scholarship is submitted to Graduate Financial Aid, you will be able to see that amount in your My.UChicago student account.

Third-Party Sponsorships and Contracts

If you will be sponsored by a third party organization, you should provide a signed Third Party Contract (TPC) to allow sponsors to be billed directly by the university. Some organizations, such as the World Bank, will not provide signed a signed TPC. Please, contact your sponsor as soon as possible to inquire about whether they will provide a TPC or use another type of invoicing option.

Note that billing dates are different for students with TPCs. TPC invoices are generated approximately four weeks after the start of each quarter (at the end of the add/drop period) to ensure the accuracy of charges. Invoices will be emailed to the contact email address indicated on the TPC application and are due within 30 days.

More information about third-party sponsorship payments.

International Students

For international students, UChicago offers a service that allows easier transfer of foreign funds. You will be able to register for this service in your My.UChicago student portal.

International students expecting stipend payments should submit payroll forms in order for the payments to be disbursed.

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