Funding

Overview

As a graduate student who will borrow loan funds, you are required to complete the entrance loan counseling process before your student loan funds can be disbursed. You only need to complete this requirement once during your enrollment at UChicago.

In addition to seeking scholarship assistance from the department or division for which you have been admitted to, you may choose to:

The choices are yours to make based on your current finances, the requirements of your degree program, and your aspirations and plans for the future. Financial Aid is ready to assist you in making financial decisions that correspond wisely with your circumstances.

Most students in our graduate divisions and professional schools finance their studies through a combination of resources: “fellowships, scholarships, assistant-ships”:/page/scholarships-grants, earnings from part-time work, and student loans. The key is to build the combination best suited to your specific situation. Learn more about applying for funds.

As you choose among the financial assistance options available to you, do not hesitate to contact Financial Aid if you have any questions regarding student loans and work-study.

Eligibility Criteria

As a potential loan borrower, you are required to meet certain eligibility criteria in order to apply for and maintain funds. There are various prerequisites for Federal, non-Federal, and Alternative loans; also, work-study funding has particular stipulations you must abide by. Learn more.

Types of Funds

There are a number of funding options available to you. Loans, Work-study, scholarships, grants, and other funding are accessible ways to help you pay for your education at the University of Chicago. Learn more.

Applying for Funds

When applying for funds, there are a number of steps to which you will need to adhere. Please read and follow the instructions in this section very carefully so that you understand both how the process works and what actions you are required to take. Learn more.

Receiving Your Funds

After applying for funds, your disbursements may vary, depending on the type of loan you receive. Please read this section carefully to understand how you will receive your funds. Learn more.

Adding & Canceling Funds

If you find yourself needing to borrow more funds or cancel your funds, please read and follow the instructions in this section very carefully. You can also appeal your financial assistance decision. Learn more.

Withdrawing or Leave of Absence

If you’re thinking about taking a leave of absence or withdrawing from the university, there are a number of things you need to know before making such a decision. Please read and follow the instructions in this section very carefully so that you understand both how the process works and what actions you are required to take. Learn more.