International Financial Aid
The University of Chicago is committed to enrolling a diverse and talented student body with representation from all areas of the globe. If you apply for financial aid and you are offered admission, you will receive a grant-based financial award that meets your full demonstrated need. Our aid packages are based on an estimate of the full costs of enrolling at the University of Chicago, including tuition, housing, a meal plan, and estimates for additional costs like books and personal expenses.
In our admissions process, we must be “need-sensitive” for international candidates. This means that when reviewing international applications, UChicago takes into account whether or not an applicant has requested financial assistance. Though we will meet every admitted student’s demonstrated need, we advise you to apply for financial aid only if you do not have the resources to fund your education, and to complete the financial aid form as accurately as possible. View the current estimated cost of attendance.
Whatever your circumstances, we are committed to making your education at the College affordable for your family. We welcome inquiries from families who would like more information about financial aid and from students interested in making the best use of their aid packages.
The figures below represent the cost of attendance for students during the 2016-17 academic year.
|Student Life Fee||$1,494|
|1st Year Orientation||$1,158|
|Room & Board||$15,093|
|Books & Supplies*||$1,800|
Health insurance is not included in the cost figures above. The health insurance cost for 2016-17 is $3,615.
Indirect costs, marked with an astersik (*), are estimates of expenses you will incur, but these items are not billed by the University.
If you change your housing status, you must notify the Office of College Aid immediately.
International students are eligible for financial aid only if they apply for support during the admissions process. If you think that you will need financial aid at any point during your four years at the College, you should apply for financial aid when you apply for admission.
Because the Office of College Admissions, not the Office of College Aid, reviews all applications for international financial aid, please contact the International Admissions Team with questions about financial aid for international students.
|Early Action & Early Decision I||Early Decision II||Regular Decision|
|Submision Deadline||November 15||January 15||February 15|
The International Student Financial Aid Application (ISFAA)
The International Student Financial Aid Application
The International Student Financial Aid Application (ISFAA) should be filled out and submitted online, through a student's UChicago Account. You can preview a PDF of the ISFAA before you start your application and create a UChicago account, but should apply using the digital version. Please note that this form is only for University of Chicago international financial aid. If you are applying for financial aid at other colleges, please check their websites for instructions.
Section C of the ISFAA requests additional documentation that verifies the income and asset information requested—tax forms, a statement from an employer, a bank statement, or another form of documentation. Once the ISFAA has been submitted, students can also submit these supporting documents, as well as any additional explanation they feel necessary, online through their UChicago Account. Under the Upload Materials section, choose the "Foreign Aid Application Supporting Docs" option from the drop-down menu.
Note: International aid applicants should not submit the CSS Profile or the FAFSA, and the Certification of Finances form need not be submitted with an applicant’s financial aid application.
Merit Scholarships for International Students
Seeking to recognize applicants for their outstanding academic and extracurricular achievement, demonstrated leadership, and commitment to their communities, we offer merit scholarships to international applicants. Merit scholarships are partial-tuition scholarships that may be a single lump-sum award, or a renewable annual award. Merit scholarships are considered independently of an applicant’s financial situation, so if an applicant thinks he or she may require financial assistance to fund his or her college education, the applicant must submit an application for need-based financial aid. The vast majority of financial aid at UChicago is given out in the form of need-based aid, and applicants should not rely on merit scholarships to fund their college education.
All first-year applicants are automatically considered for merit scholarships; no additional application is required.Transfer students are not eligible for merit-based scholarships. Scholarship winners will receive notification of their awards on a rolling basis through the end of April. Please note that only merit scholarship winners are notified.
International Transfer Applicants
Financial aid is not available to international transfer applicants, and international transfer students must be able to document that they are able to fully finance their education at UChicago.
Funding for international graduate students in most programs is similar to that offered to domestic students. Doctoral students in a given program, for example, are typically all eligible for the same funding package regardless of citizenship status. In many cases, your government or other agencies or corporations in your home country may offer funding for study in the U.S., which we strongly encourage you to explore.
A wide variety of funding sources may be available to you, depending upon your area of study, home country, and other factors. Education USA advisors in 400 locations around the world can often offer guidance and information on the graduate school application and admissions process, and along with other organizations, such as the Institute of International Education, typically maintains lists of region-specific funding sources. UChicago's Office of International Affairs (OIA) has a list of some major sources of funding available here.
The University of Chicago offers the majority of incoming doctoral students competitive five-year funding packages, which cover tuition and student health insurance and also include a stipend for living expenses and research support. For more information about specific funding for your degree program, please refer to the financial aid information for each division or professional school.
In most cases, international students cannot participate in U.S. federal loan programs, but may still apply for private alternative loans in the United States. (Please note that some of these loans may require a co-signer in the U.S.) Foreign applicants are urged to seek aid from other areas (such as fellowships awarded through their home country) before seeking admission to a graduate program at the University of Chicago.
During their time at UChicago, students can find a variety of employment opportunities that support their education without interfering with their studies. The majority of student jobs on campus are open to all current students, regardless of their citizenship. The Office of International Affairs (OIA) provides forms, requirements and job search advice for international students with F-1 or J-1 status who seek employment in the United States. Visit Employment Information for International Students for more information.
The Office of International Affairs (OIA) and the College's Career Advancement office have teamed up to create a host of exciting events for international students embarking on their job search. Please see the OIA’s Calendar for upcoming events.
Unpaid Internships and Volunteer Positions
Students may work as volunteers or unpaid interns without additional authorization, where this practice does not violate U.S. labor law.