Paying for College
A UIC education brings a lifetime of benefits
The University of Illinois at Chicago is recognized nationally for its great value. UIC students earn more than many of their peers when they graduate, yet pay lower tuition than they would at most other universities.
There are many ways to pay for college. Federal aid, loans, grants, scholarships and student jobs can make college more affordable and accessible to students. Graduate students can reduce tuition and other costs with assistantships and fellowships, as well as grants outside UIC.
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“About 80 percent of our students receive some type of financial assistance for their educations. In 2013-14, we helped our undergraduates receive nearly $230 million in federal, state, institutional and private funding.”
—Shirley Rodriguez-Vega, associate director, financial aid office
Scholarships vary by type of student:
- First-year students are considered for scholarships based on their UIC applications. They may submit additional forms for federal or merit-based aid.
- Transfer undergraduates, continuing undergraduates, ROTC cadets and non-resident undergraduates have several scholarship, grant, and waiver opportunities.
- The Honors College offers merit scholarships to first-year students based on their UIC applications. It also awards merit scholarships to transfer students, current Honors College students and others. The listserv firstname.lastname@example.org keeps students up to date on opportunities.
- Graduate students can seek assistantships, fellowships and other aid through their colleges.
- For professional school students and undergraduates, the Office of Special Scholarships advises on competitive awards.
- Find and apply to available scholarships at UIC with the UIC SnAP website.
Jobs on campus
Approximately 70 percent of UIC students hold part-time jobs to pay for college. On-campus jobs are a convenient option that give students valuable campus contacts. The Student Employment Office, part of the Office of Career Services, helps connect job-seeking students with UIC departments that are hiring. You can find semester-long jobs or short-term jobs lasting anywhere from one day to three weeks.
Assistantships and fellowships
Colleges and other units at UIC offer graduate students the opportunity to teach, conduct research or do administrative work in paid assistantships. Assistants receive stipends, tuition waivers, certain fee waivers and the option to buy low-cost health insurance. While most assistantships are found through individual colleges, some are listed on UIC’s job board.
Internal UIC fellowships include university fellowships and Graduate College fellowships. For specialized, competitive opportunities, external fellowships are available from foundations or other grant-making bodies outside UIC.