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Apply for Aid

There are several steps you will need to follow closely when applying for financial assistance. These steps will vary depending on the type of aid for which you're applying. This section contains:

Application Steps for Federal Loans 

Click here for relevant information for federal loan and Federal Work-Study application processes. 

Application Steps for Alternative Loans

Please read and follow the instructions in this section very carefully in order to understand both how the alternative loan application process works and what steps you are required to take during application. 

Applying for Summer Aid

If you are enrolling in Summer 2021 and would like to receive loans and/or Federal Work-Study (based on eligibility), you will need to complete the FAFSA and the UChicago Summer Aid Application. Please find more information on applying for summer aid here.

Understanding Your Award

After reviewing and processing your application, we will send you an award notification by email. The letter will list the type of funding, the amount(s) you have been offered, and the quarters in which the funds will be available to you. Learn more.

Application Processing Timeline

We encourage you to apply for financial aid as early as possible. Use the below chart to better understand when you should apply and when you can expect a financial aid notification from our office.

Application Type

Application Timeline

Awarded Timeline

Summer Applicant
On/Before April 30
May
Entering/New Students
On/Before May 15
May/June
Continuing/Returning Students
On/Before July 10
July/Aug
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