International Financial Aid

The University of Chicago is committed to enrolling a diverse and talented student body with representation from all areas of the globe. If you apply for financial aid and you are offered admission, you will receive a financial award in the form of grants and scholarships that meets your full demonstrated need. Our aid packages are based on an estimate of the full costs of enrolling at the University of Chicago, including books, personal expenses, and travel.

In our admissions process, we must be “need-sensitive” for international candidates. This means that when reviewing international applications, UChicago takes into account whether or not an applicant has requested financial assistance. Though we will meet every admitted student’s demonstrated need, we advise you to apply for financial aid only if you do not have the resources to fund your education, and to complete the financial aid form as accurately as possible. View the current estimated cost of attendance.

International students are only eligible for financial aid if they apply for support during the admissions process. If you think that you will need financial aid at any point during your four years at the College, you should apply for financial aid when you apply for admission.

Because the Office of College Admissions, not the Office of College Aid, reviews all applications for international financial aid, please contact the International Admissions Team with questions about financial aid for international students.


  Early Action & Early Decision I Early Decision II & Regular Decision
Submision Deadline November 21 February 1

Required Materials

The International Student Financial Aid Application

The International Student Financial Aid Application (ISFAA) should be filled out and submitted online, through a student's UChicago Account. You can preview a PDF of the ISFAA before you start your application and create a UChicago account, but should apply using the digital version. Please note that this form is only for University of Chicago international financial aid. If you are applying for financial aid at other colleges, please check their websites for instructions.

Supporting Documentation

Section C of the ISFAA requests additional documentation that verifies the income and asset information requested—tax forms, a statement from an employer, a bank statement, or another form of documentation. Once the ISFAA has been submitted, students can also submit these supporting documents, as well as any additional explanation they feel necessary, online through their UChicago Account. Under the Upload Materials section, choose the "Foreign Aid Application Supporting Docs" option from the drop-down menu.

Note: International aid applicants should not submit the CSS Profile or the FAFSA, and the Certification of Finances form need not be submitted with an applicant’s financial aid application.

Merit Scholarships for International Students

Seeking to recognize applicants for their outstanding academic and extracurricular achievement, demonstrated leadership, and commitment to their communities, we offer merit scholarships to international applicants. Merit scholarships are partial-tuition scholarships that may be a single lump-sum award, or a renewable annual award. Merit scholarships are considered independent of an applicant’s financial situation, so if an applicant thinks he or she may require financial assistance to fund his or her college education, the applicant must submit an application for need-based financial aid. The vast majority of financial aid at UChicago is given out in the form of need-based aid, and applicants should not rely on merit scholarships to fund their college education.

All first-year applicants are automatically considered for merit scholarships; no additional application is required.Transfer students are not eligible for merit-based scholarships. Scholarship winners will receive notification of their awards on a rolling basis through the end of April. Please note that only merit scholarship winners are notified.

International Transfer Applicants

Financial aid is not available to international transfer applicants, and international transfer students must be able to document that they are able to fully finance their education at UChicago. 

Policy Statement Regarding Undocumented Students

The University of Chicago has, from its inception, been a place where the best and brightest minds from around the world can gather to shape ideas, produce new knowledge, and contribute to the betterment of human life. Our community has been deliberately inclusive, because it is from the widest possible range of perspectives and viewpoints that the most innovative ideas can be proposed, tested, and debated. We are committed to assembling a community of talented individuals regardless of their backgrounds, financial circumstances, or national origins. This commitment is further discussed in President Zimmer’s statement on diversity.

In this context, the University of Chicago considers for admission students from around the world. All students who apply, regardless of citizenship and including undocumented students, are considered for admission to the University and for every type of private financial aid for which they may qualify and apply. Undocumented students should follow the instructions in the “Required Materials” section and submit a completed International Student Financial Aid Application (ISFAA) to be considered for financial aid.