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The University of Illinois at Chicago offers a range of different financial resources for incoming, transfer and continuing students, including financial aid and scholarships.  Students applying to UIC should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Financial Aid (FAFSA) in order to determine what federal, state and institutional need-based aid they might be eligible to receive.  Scholarship opportunities vary, and below is a list to help students evaluate which they could qualify for at various points in their education.

Incoming First Year Students

To be considered for most university and college scholarships and awards, incoming students need only complete the UIC admission application; no additional steps are necessary. Your application is then reviewed to determine which awards, if any, fit you.  Some scholarships evaluate financial need, so students are also encouraged to complete the FAFSA. 

Students interested in applying to the Honors College, however, must complete an additional application for admission and consideration for their scholarships. The application is accessible at

Students interested in scholarships that are not affiliated with UIC may elect to use, which is a scholarship matching service offered through

President's Award Program

The President’s Award Program (PAP) is the most prestigious scholarship given by the University of Illinois for newly admitted incoming freshmen. The PAP award is merit-based and starts at $5,000 per year for a maximum of four years (eight semesters). Scholarship consideration is based on a combination of factors including high school record, standardized test scores, and a comprehensive review of all application materials. Additionally, candidates must be from one from the following: (a) a historically underrepresented group, (b) a low-sending Illinois county to the University of Illinois, or (c) a family that is not expected to contribute to the cost of their dependent student’s education as verified through the financial aid application process.

For details, see:

Transfer Undergraduate Students

Students who have transferred to UIC may be eligible for the Transfer Merit Tuition Award or Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship once they are enrolled at UIC. Membership in the Honors College is required for the Phi Theta Kappa award.  The Transfer Merit Tuition Award does not require Honors College Membership. Eligible students are contacted during the fall semester with application and deadline information. Details are available at

Some university and college scholarships evaluate financial need to determine scholarship eligibility, so students are also encouraged to complete the FAFSA.

Continuing Undergraduate Students

Scholarships are available to students already taking classes at UIC from a range of different on campus and off campus organizations. The Office of Special Scholarship Programs maintains a comprehensive list of awards offered through UIC colleges, departments and organizations at

Of particular note is the Scholarship Association for UIC, which awards multiple awards to currently enrolled UIC students every year:

Current students and alumni with questions about or seeking support for applying for nationally competitive awards, such as the Goldwater, Truman, Fulbright, NSF, Gates Cambridge and NSEP, can find out more about those awards, including support services offered to applicants, by contacting the Office of Special Scholarship Programs at

Other Opportunities Available to Students at All Levels

Honors College

The Honors College provides numerous merit-based scholarships for new freshmen, transfer and continuing students who apply to participate in the Honors College.  For more information, visit their website at


In addition to scholarships and tuition assistance offered directly from the ROTC programs, Illinois residents can apply for IL state ROTC tuition waivers. Each ROTC program has 40 of these waivers active during each semester. This assistance is available to freshmen and sophomores without a military obligation. Prospective and current ROTC cadets may contact the appropriate ROTC branch to obtain information about their scholarships:

UIC Chicago Grant

Students selected for the UIC Chicago Grant must be full-time degree-seeking undergraduates whose first term of enrollment is Fall 2014 or later, are U.S. citizens or permanent residents, and do not qualify for in-state tuition rates at UIC. Non-resident tuition is accessed accordingly and the UIC Chicago Grant award appears as a grant on tuition bills. The UIC Chicago Grant totals more than $7,000 per academic year for fall and spring terms and is available for up to four years of undergraduate study with continued eligibility, which includes maintaining satisfactory academic progress towards graduation.