Tuition & Fees
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 $183 million in financial aid.
Learn about the types of aid available, eligibility requirements, how to apply and more from the Office of Student Financial Aid (OSFA).
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
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
Several offices and departments across campus offer scholarships to both new and continuing UIC students.
- Scholarships Page (UIC Office of Financial Aid)
- Scholarship and Awards Program
- LAS Scholarships
- Business Scholarships
- Honors College Scholarships
Also, take a look at fastweb.com for scholarships not affiliated with UIC.
First Year Students
President's Award Program
The President’s Award Program (PAP) is the most prestigious scholarship given by the University of Illinois for incoming freshmen. Merit-based, the PAP award 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 historically underrepresented group
- a low-sending Illinois county to the University of Illinois
- 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
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. The Office of Special Scholarship Programs maintains a comprehensive list of awards offered through UIC colleges, departments and organizations.
Of particular note is the Scholarship Association for UIC, which awards multiple awards to currently enrolled UIC students every year.