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Regardless of your circumstance, at UChicago we are committed to making your education in the College affordable for your family. We continue to make strides in University financial aid initiatives in response to our students' needs. We welcome inquiries from both families who would like more information about financial aid and students interested in making the best use of their aid packages.

For students living off-campus, the Room and Meals estimate included in the cost of attendance is intended to go towards off-campus housing costs (rent, utilities, food, internet access, etc.). Room and board charges are no longer billed to the University. After tuition and fees are paid, any remaining financial aid will be refunded to the student for use in paying their off-campus housing costs. 

Financial Aid uses the following budget to determine financial aid awards.

Cost of Attendance for 2020-2021

  On-Campus

Enhanced Off-Campus

Tuition $57,642 $57,642
Student Life Fee $1,656 $1,656

Room & Meals

(or Maintenance Allowance)

$17,004 $17,004*
Books $1,800 $1,800
Personal Expenses $2,175 $2,175
TOTAL $80,277 $80,277

* The $17,004 Room and Meals cost estimate included in the Enhanced Off-Campus Cost of Attendance is used to calculate a financial aid package. It is not an exact refund amount.  

Additional Costs: 

Students in need of funds to purchase a computer can submit a one-time budget increase request. If approved, the student may be able to borrow funds in the form of a loan for the purchase. To submit this request, please e-mail the Office of Financial Aid at college-aid@uchicago.edu and include documentation of the cost of the computer.  

Note:

  1. First year students for 2020-2021 are assessed a one-time Class Fee estimated at $1,254
  2. All students are required to have health insurance while enrolled at the University of Chicago. Students are automatically enrolled in the University Student Health Insurance Plan (U-SHIP) for an additional fee. For more information about U-SHIP and to enroll or opt-out, please click here.
  3. Health insurance is not included in the cost figures above. The health insurance cost for 2019-20 was $4,566.

Budget for 2019-2020

  On-Campus Off-Campus Commuter
Tuition $57,642 $57,642 $57,642
Student Life Fee $1,656 $1,656 $1,656

Room & Meals                 

(or Maintenance Allowance)

$17,004* $12,021 $4,968
Books $1,800 $1,800 $1,800
Personal Expenses $2,175 $2,175 $2,175
TOTAL $80,277 $75,294 $68,241

*For the purposes of financial aid determination, Room and Meals costs are based on the first-year room rate and the first-year unlimited meal plan. The financial aid calculation does not change for alternate housing options.

Note:

  1. All students are required to have health insurance while enrolled at the University of Chicago. Students are automatically enrolled in the University Student Health Insurance Plan (U-SHIP) for an additional fee. For more information about U-SHIP and to enroll or opt-out, please click here.
  2. Health insurance is not included in the cost figures above. The health insurance cost for 2019-20 is $4,566.

Net Price Calculator

For an estimate of what your costs might look like, please enter your information into our Net Price Calculator.

Keep in mind that this estimate is based entirely on the information you provide. Your actual financial aid package may be different. 

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