Save the Date: December 2, 2017

Check back soon for details on Firestarter 2017

Firestarter 2017 is right around the corner. Check back real soon for details on this year's Firestarter event. Want a glimpse of the  day's agenda? Check out the materials below for highlights of last years event.

Firestarter 2016

Thank you to the nearly 800 students and family members that made it to Firestarter 2016! And thank you to our presenters and group leaders! Hopefully you picked up some tips and tactics as you prepare for your college adventure. Whether you were able to attend or not, we're happy to provide some of the highlights of the event on this site. Don't hesitate to get in touch with your counselor by using the contact us link at the bottom of the page. 

Slides & Materials

People, Places, & Patience Handout

Keynote Presentation: Harlan Cohen


Provost Susan Poser
Welcome & UIC Overview  (Approximately 10  minutes)

Harlan Cohen
People, Places, & Patience (Approximately 60  minutes)

Firestarter Panel
Insider Information  (Approximately 30 minutes)

Frequently Asked Questions

How do scholarships work at UIC?

Scholarships are one of several forms of assistance that may be offered to applicants as part of their financial award. Scholarships may be included in the award package, or may come independently from different sources (the Honors College, a particular college or department, and outside organization, etc.). There is not a single schedule that determines when these awards are announced. Generally, most scholarship notifications will be sent by the end of April.  See the Office of Financial Aid for more information. 

When should I take placement tests?

Starting in February, students will be prompted to take placement exams in the portal. Completing these test help guide your first semester courses. Check out our Placement Testing prepartation video!

When should I expect financial aid awards letter?

US citizens and permanent residents may apply for need-based federal and state grants, scholarships, loans, and work-study. Students who submit FAFSA will also be considered for any institutional aid for which they may be eligible. 

More information for admitted students
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