Nearly $20 million in need-based financial aid has been offered to international students at UChicago over the past four years, and a recent gift of $35 million for international financial aid has strengthened the University’s commitment to enrolling a diverse and talented student body from around the world. Although our admissions process is need-sensitive for international students, we are committed to meeting 100% of your demonstrated need with a loan-free financial aid award if you are admitted and applied for funding. Our financial aid awards are based on an estimate of the full costs of enrolling at the University of Chicago, including tuition, housing, health insurance, a meal plan, and estimates for additional costs like books and personal expenses.
International students are eligible for financial aid only if they apply for funding during the admissions process, and will not be eligible for financial aid after receiving their admissions decision or during their four years in the College. If you think you will need financial aid at any point during your four years at UChicago, you should apply for financial aid when you apply for admission.
Because the Office of College Admissions, not the Office of Financial Aid, reviews all applications for international financial aid, please contact the International Admissions Team with questions about financial aid for international students.
- The International Financial Aid Worksheet, available in the UChicago Account
- Supporting Documentation
The International Financial Aid Worksheet
The International Student Financial Aid Worksheet should be filled out and submitted online, through a student’s UChicago Account. Please note that this is the only form available for non-US citizens and non-US permanent residents applying for financial aid at UChicago.
You will be asked to upload additional documentation that verifies your family’s income and asset information — tax forms, a statement from an employer, a bank statement, or another form of documentation. Once the International Financial Aid Worksheet has been submitted, students can also submit these supporting documents, as well as any explanation for unusual circumstances, online through their UChicago Account. Under the Upload Materials section, choose the “Foreign Aid Application Supporting Docs” option from the drop-down menu.
Please 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
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. International 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.
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