Scholarships are a vital tool in affording a world class education, and, in combination with University financial aid, can reduce the cost of attending the University of Chicago.

Outside Scholarships

The University of Chicago does not offer any merit scholarships for upperclass students. However, any outside agency scholarships you receive each year will reduce your need to work or borrow. Our students received $3.1 million in outside scholarships in 2016-17 which directly reduced their student contributions.

A resource that many students find helpful in researching outside scholarship opportunities is Fastweb, an online search engine which collects your personal information and then provides a list of agencies that have scholarships which may be of interest to you. It is your responsibility to apply for these scholarships with the agencies. If you are awarded a scholarship, please inform the Office of College Aid as soon as possible. College Aid will work with the agency to correctly disburse your scholarship award.

For a list of third-party, outside scholarship resources click here.

Endowed Scholarships

If you are a recipient of University Grant funds, the Office of College Aid may later match you to an endowed scholarship established by an alumnus or friend of the University.  If you are matched to an endowed scholarship, the Office of Donor Relations will contact you with more information on the scholarship and the scholarship donor.  You may also be asked to write a note of appreciation to the donor and to attend a reception honoring those who so generously gave to the University.  Endowed scholarships do not represent additional funding but are resources used to fulfill a portion of the University-sponsored funding we have awarded to you.

National Merit

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation provides scholarship awards to academically talented students in order to recognize their exceptional achievements. National Merit Scholarships may be funded by UChicago, the National Merit Scholarship Corporation or individual corporations.  These scholarships will supplement other aid from UChicago.