Helpful tips on how to proceed with the Budget Appeal Process
- If you’re a single parent or a married parent whose spouse works at least part-time, we can add reasonable daycare expenses for pre-kindergarten aged children to your cost of attendance.
- As a one-time allowable adjustment to your cost of attendance, we will consider a reasonable purchase price that does not exceed $1,500, A good example is a computer and printer. You must present an itemized receipt to Financial Aid documenting the purchase. We can only cover purchases during your enrollment period or, if you're a new student, within 30 days of the start of your enrollment period.
- Federal regulations specifically prohibit schools from including the cost of a car in the cost of attendance. If you absolutely need a car, there exist some loans that aren’t based on financial need. You may be able to look at these types of funds to cover such expenses.
- We cannot add your consumer debt to your cost of attendance and therefore recommend that you repay your consumer debt before you come to the University of Chicago. If this isn’t a financial option for you, you will need to adjust your living expense to accommodate these payments.
- We cannot add the cost of moving expenses to your cost of attendance. However, if you need help, you may be able to borrow additional funds to cover such extra expenses. Please remember that you can only receive additional funds as long as your total financial assistance does not exceed the cost of attendance listed on your award letter.
- If your rent exceeds the $1,300 allowance, we recommend that you consider other living arrangements to reduce costs or adjust your other expenses in order to accommodate for the increased expense. Our office may be able to help you adjust the rent allowance portion of your budget, but only slightly.
If you have other questions, please contact us.