What all goes into the cost of tuition and fees at UIC?

Tuition and fee estimates, which are often presented as one lump sum, include smaller fees such as gym membership or U-Pass for free transportation around the city. This page details what all goes into the tuition and fees at UIC. All tuition and fees are assessed upon enrollment.


Tuition Ranges

Tuition assessment is based upon student level, residency status, curriculum/college and total number of hours enrolled for the term. The total hours enrolled determines the Tuition Range as follows:

Credit Hour Range Breakdown
Credit Hour Ranges Fall and Spring Terms
Range I 12 or more hours
Range II 6 to 11 hours
Range III 1 to 5 hours
Range IV Zero hours

Students admitted to online programs will be assessed per credit hour "eTuition."

Summer Session

Students enrolled in summer term courses between 1-8 hours will be assessed on a per credit hour basis. Student enrolled with more than 9 credit hours will have tuition, differentials, fees and assessments capped. For more information, please visit the Registrar's website.

Guaranteed Tuition

Guaranteed tuition locks in your tuition amount for four years. See more information regarding undergraduate guaranteed tuition.

Current and Historical Tuition Tables

View more information regarding current and historical tuition and fee amounts.

Mandatory Fees

The following UIC Student Fees are assessed upon enrollment:

Service Fee

This fee supports staff salaries, programming, general operating expenses, and some student financial aid such as the UIC Access to Excellence grant, athletics and other scholarships (e.g. student travel scholarships and student research scholarships), student awards and prizes, waivers and honorariums for the following student service areas: Student Centers, Intercollegiate Athletics, Student Leadership Programs, Student Legal and Ombudsperson Services, Student Government, and student services at Rockford, Peoria and Quad Cities. The fee is mandatory.

General Fee

This fee supports the fixed costs, such as utilities, of operating fee-supported facilities on campus including: Student Centers, Campus Recreation, Campus Housing, the UIC Pavilion, the UIC Forum and the Flames Athletics Center. The fee is mandatory.

*Note: in Summer 2020, the General Fee is assessed to students to support ongoing maintenance and programming of student support infrastructure listed above.  Although Summer 2020 offerings are online, UIC is committed to continuing its mission to serve students in an on campus setting in the future and the General Fee is critical to maintaining the UIC student experience.


Health Service Fee

This fee supports staff salaries, programming and general operating expenses for the campus health service providers: Family Practice/Student Health Center, the Counseling Center, the Wellness Center and pharmacy services. The fee is mandatory. 

Student Health Insurance Fee

This fee provides health insurance that is mandatory for students. The fee is assessed on all students who enroll but may be waived for those who can demonstrate equivalent health insurance coverage.

*Special note for Summer 2020.  Although instruction is online, services are available related to this fee as set out at

Student-to-Student Fee

This fee provides financial support to undergraduate and graduate students who demonstrate high financial need. The fee is mandatory and is assessed each term. However, it is refundable each term upon a request made to the University Bursar at the start of the term.

Sustainability Fee

This fee was proposed by students to assist the University of Illinois at Chicago in aligning its operations and academics with the principles of sustainability. It was fully discussed with and unanimously endorsed by the Student Fee Advisory Committee. A student-led committee, supported by faculty and staff, will make the allocation decisions for student-driven initiatives. However, it is refundable each term upon a request made to the Univeristy Bursar at the start of the term.

Transportation Fee - CTA U Pass

Students are assessed a transportation fee for the CTA U Pass when enrolled in 6 hours or more in fall and spring (3 hours or more in summer).

College of Medicine Disability Insurance Fee

This fee, assessed once a year in fall, covers the cost of disability insurance which ensures a student has a source of income should they become disabled during medical school. In the event a medicine student loses their ability to practice medicine in the future, this insurance also provides income to offset the financial loss.

International Student Fee

The fee is assessed to international students and will allow the Office of International Services to continue to provide essential services, upgrade technologies used for student advising, increase programming options, and host cultural events to increase and expand upon the "UIC Experience".

New Student Fee

This fee supports the Office of New Student and Family Programs in provision of transitional programs including new student orientation, welcome activities, and other services.

Mandatory Assessment

Academic Facilities Maintenance Fund Assessment

The Academic Facilities Maintenance Fund Assessment (AFMFA) is assessed to all undergraduates, graduate, and professional students to address the deferred maintenance backlog in academic facilities.

Library and Information Technology Assessment

In order to generate resources to improve the learning environment, a Library and Information Technology Assessment is charged to all undergraduate, graduate, and professional students.

International Tuition Surcharge

International students entering Fall 2016 and after, pay a higher tuition rate as compared to Illinois and U.S. residents.  In general, tuition revenue is used to support operating expenses of the University, faculty and staff salaries, including resources that enhance the undergraduate student experience.

Payment Obligation

Registration via the UIC portal or any other recognized method of enrollment obligates a student to pay all applicable tuition and fees for the term. By registering for classes, you assume academic and financial responsibility for confirmed courses resulting from your registration and responsibility for any additional costs that may result from the University's efforts to obtain payment.

Your obligation remains unless you officially cancel your enrollment by the deadlines.

Note: Tuition and fees are subject to change without notice any time prior to the first day of instruction.