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The following tuition estimates are based on rates for 2020-21 full-time, on campus, undergraduate students. Please visit the registrar's site for comprehensive tuition tables, including information about part-time, online, and summer session tuition rates. 

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Financial Aid

Excellence — within reach

A college education is a great investment. The good news is that UIC is committed to making college affordable by guiding you through the financial aid process. Last year, UIC undergraduates received nearly $200 million in financial aid and scholarships.

Learn about the types of aid available, eligibility requirements, how to apply and more from the Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships.

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The best kind of financial aid — the kind you don't have to pay back!

UIC offers many financial resources for incoming, transfer and continuing students, including scholarships and grants. Last year, nearly two-thirds of UIC students received grants or scholarships.

Once you complete the UIC application, you will automatically be considered for most university and college scholarships and awards; no additional steps are necessary. Your application is then reviewed to determine if any awards are a good fit.

Remember, some scholarships evaluate financial need, so be sure complete the Free Application for Federal Student Financial Aid (FAFSA) to determine what aid you may be eligible to receive.

Opportunities for All Students

Awards administered by the Office of Admissions
Honors College

The Honors College offers numerous both merit-based and need-based scholarships for incoming freshmen, transfer and continuing students. To be considered for Honors College scholarships, you must complete an Honors College application in addition to your UIC application.


In addition to scholarships and tuition assistance offered directly from the ROTC programs, Illinois residents can apply for 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:

  • Army ROTC: (312) 413-2357
  • Air Force ROTC: (312) 567-3525
  • Navy ROTC: (312) 567-3530
Other Scholarships

Several offices and departments across campus offer scholarships to both new and continuing UIC students.

Also, take a look at for scholarships not affiliated with UIC.

First Year Students

Major scholarship programs

President’s Award Program

Outstanding Illinois students from underrepresented groups may qualify for the President's Award Program. High school records and performance, standardized test scores and other materials determine a student’s eligibility. Qualifying underrepresented students are defined as those that fall under one or more of these categories:

  • From ethnic groups historically underrepresented in higher education.
  • From a county with low representation in the university system. 
  • From a family not expected to contribute to their student’s education (must be verified with a FAFSA report). 

Honors College Scholarships

The Honors College offers a full range of scholarships for incoming first-year and transfer students. Scholarships are awarded based on the competitiveness of a student’s admissions application and the strength of their interview, an additional requirement for the college. (Supplemental Honors College application is required).

Departmental Awards

College- and program-specific awards are also available. These opportunities are offered after a student’s application for admission has been reviewed. Examples include:

Business Scholars

UIC Business Scholars may receive scholarships based on unmet need. Students must apply to UIC, select a major within the UIC College of Business Administration, and complete the supplemental honors college application to be considered.

Other awards

Several departments and colleges offer scholarships upon review of the application.

UIC Merit Tuition Award

This is an merit-based tuition award for high-achieving nonresident applicants. To be considered, applicants are required to be U.S. citizens or permanent residents who do not qualify for in-state tuition. Students’ grade point average, standardized test scores, and major selection are taken into consideration.

Transfer Students

Honors College

Transfer students to UIC may be eligible for the following scholarships once they are enrolled at UIC:

  • Transfer Merit Tuition Award – membership in the Honors College is not required
  • Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship – membership in the Honors College is required

Eligible students are contacted during the fall semester with application and deadline information. See Honors College for details.

Continuing Undergraduate Students

Many on- and off-campus organizations offer scholarships to current UIC students. Of particular note is the Office of Scholarships, which awards multiple awards to currently enrolled UIC students every year.