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.

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.

Cost of Attending UChicago

For current tuition rates, please visit the Financial Aid Site.

Required forms

1. The International Student Financial Aid Application (ISFAA) can now be filled out and submitted online, automatically linking to an applicant’s application. A sample PDF version can be found here, but students are encouraged to use the digital version. Students are able to access the online ISFAA form once they are granted UChicago Account access. Once filled out and submitted, students can submit supporting documents online through their UChicago Account. Tax documents, additional documents, or explanations can be uploaded using the UChicago account: under the Upload Materials Section, choose the Foreign Aid Application Supporting Docs option from the drop-down menu.

2. Financial aid forms should be uploaded as soon as the student is granted UChicago Account access. UChicago Account access is granted within 24 hours after submission of the Common/Universal Application. The ISFAA and supporting documentation must be received no later than November 21 for the Early Action deadline, and February 1 for the Regular Decision deadline.

3. No other forms are required. International Aid applicants should NOT submit the CSS Profile or the FAFSA. We also do not require the Certification of Finances form for an applicant’s financial aid application. Please note, the online form is only for University of Chicago international financial aid. If a student is applying for financial aid to other colleges, please check their financial aid websites for instructions on submitting an ISFAA.

Merit scholarships for International Students

Our honor scholarships are among the oldest merit awards in the country. 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. Applicants should not rely on merit scholarships to fund their college education.

All students are automatically considered for merit scholarships; no additional merit scholarship application is required. All first-year applicants are eligible for merit scholarship consideration; 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 scholarship winners are notified.

International transfer applicants

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

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. In accordance with the law, the University admits, enrolls, and applies similar private aid policies to our undocumented students. Undocumented students should follow the instructions in the “Required Forms” section and submit a completed International Student Financial Aid Application (ISFAA) to be considered for financial aid.