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Undergraduate Aid

The University of Chicago welcomes the brightest minds and boldest thinkers of tomorrow, regardless of their financial background. We believe that no cost should prevent a student from joining our community. Our Financial Aid counselors are available year-round to work with you and your family in order to create a comprehensive aid package that fits your family's unique circumstances and makes a world-class University of Chicago education affordable. We follow federal, state, and university policies to allow our students to achieve and exceed their educational goals. We encourage you to use this website as a resource for questions about how to apply for aid, how aid can be used to study abroad or move off campus, and how to update your information if your family’s financial situation changes.

UChicago Empower

Beginning with the Class of 2023, the UChicago Empower initiative will increase access to UChicago in a variety of ways. In addition to admissions policy enhancements, UChicago will guarantee free tuition for families with incomes under $125,000* per year (with typical assets). Families earning less than $60,000* per year (with typical assets) will have tuition, fees, and standard room and meals covered by financial aid.

Students are evaluated for financial aid guarantees under the Empower Initiative during their first year only. 

For more information about the UChicago Empower initiative, click here.

*These income figures are minimum funding levels for the Empower Initiative. Families with income that does not fall within these ranges may still be eligible for need-based financial aid.

UChicago: No Barriers

The University of Chicago is deeply committed to ensuring that students from every background, regardless of financial need, can find a home here. Our No Barriers policy allows UChicago students to graduate debt-free and prepared for lifelong success—no matter their chosen major or background prior to enrolling in college. We will work with you and your family to create a financial aid package that fits your unique circumstances and ensures that a UChicago education is within your reach. Click here to view our No Barriers brochure.



Rudolph Scholarship for 2023-2024

Current fourth-year College students have a unique opportunity to receive a one-year scholarship to pursue select postgraduate programs in 2023-2024. Click here for additional information.

Natural Disaster Appeals

If your family's financial situation has been negatively affected by the recent hurricane in the Southeast United States, you may be able to appeal for additional need-based financial aid consideration. Please review our 2022-23 Special Circumstances Request due to Natural Disaster form to determine if you may be eligible.   

2022-2023 Financial Aid Renewals

If you are a returning student interested in renewing your financial aid for 2022-23, please visit the 2022-23 Aid Application Guidelines page to learn more about the financial aid renewal process.

COVID-19 Federal Loan and Program Updates

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the federal government has temporarily suspended federal student loan payments. For more information on this and other coronavirus-related relief programs for students, please see our COVID-19 FAQs.

Mailing Address Change

The mailing address for the Office of Financial Aid has changed. The new mailing address is: 

Office of Financial Aid
1101 E. 58th Street
Chicago, IL 60637

Third-Party Scholarship Notice: To avoid any delays in processing, all third-party scholarship checks should be sent directly to the Office of the Bursar 

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