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2021-22 Aid Application Guidelines

Prospective Student Timeline

  Early Action & Early Decision I Early Decision II Regular Decision Transfer
Priority deadline for Financial Aid document submission* Nov 15 Jan 15 Feb 15 Apr 15

*To view Admission application due dates, click here

Forms required for prospective students:

  • UChicago Financial Aid Worksheet (can be completed at no cost via the applicant’s UChicago Account)—or optional CSS Profile. Please note that you cannot upload financial aid documentation through the CSS Profile IDOC system for UChicago Financial Aid decisions.
  • Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) (School code 001774)
  • Parent 2019 Federal Tax Return (including all schedules) and W-2 forms
  • Parent 2019 Federal Business tax returns (if applicable) including all schedules. These are required regardless of percentage ownership that parents hold in the business.

Prospective students are encouraged to upload documents through their UChicago Account. This is the fastest and most efficient way to upload a variety of financial aid documents.  While the majority of requested documents can be submitted using this upload feature, please note that there are some documents that cannot be uploaded. Please review your UChicago account for a list of documents that can be uploaded.

Returning Student Priority Dates 

  Summer Federal Work-Study To have aid decision prior to first bill
Priority deadline for document submission April 15th May 31

Forms needed for rising 2nd, 3rd & 4th year students: Applications and materials submitted after the priority will be reviewed and all eligible aid will be awarded, however it may be after the first bill has been released.  

  • UChicago Financial Aid Worksheet
  • Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) (School code 001774)
  • Parent 2019 Federal Tax Return: This may be mailed or faxed to the Office of College Aid. Taxes must be signed and include the student ID number. Include all schedules and W-2 forms
  • Parent 2019 Federal Business tax returns (if applicable) including all schedules. These are required regardless of percentage ownership that parents hold in the business.

*If you were accepted to the University of Chicago prior to the 2016-17 academic year you must complete the CSS Profile. In addition, if your parents are divorced, separated, or were never married, your non-custodial parent must complete the Non-Custodial Parent (NCP) Profile on the College Board website. If your family submitted an appeal to have this requirement waived and your appeal was approved by the Office of College Aid, your family is not required to complete the NCP Profile.

Federal Financial Aid

If you want to renew federal funds only, like Stafford Loans or the Pell Grant programs, submit the documents below. You should also follow these directions if your family needs to borrow a Federal Direct Loan Parent PLUS Loan.

Forms Needed:

Merit-Based Aid

If you have been awarded merit-based aid during the admissions process, it will automatically be added to your award. You do not need to submit any documentation. If your merit award is recurring, it will be awarded each year.

International Financial Aid

International financial aid applicants are awarded prior to their first year of enrollment and their awards will not change in subsequent years. Nothing is required to renew International student financial aid awards.

Federal Direct PLUS Loan Only

You did not apply for financial aid but your family wants to borrow using the Federal Direct PLUS Loan.

Forms Needed:

For more detailed instructions on applying for the Direct PLUS Loan, visit Direct Plus Instructions.

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