Chicago Scholarships

UChicago Promise is the University of Chicago’s pledge to help increase college access and readiness for Chicago high school students. UChicago Promise offers special scholarships for students from the Chicago area and also includes resources to help guide Chicago high schoolers to selective four-year institutions, including an Admissions Academy, mentorship, and extensive programming.

NOTE: All scholarship candidates are also encouraged to apply for our need-based financial aid. UChicago’s need-based financial aid involves no loans and is awarded as grants, which do not need to be repaid.

First-Year Applicants

Chicago Police and Fire Scholarship

In honor of their service to the University community and the city, the University of Chicago offers full-tuition scholarships to select children of active firefighters and police officers. To be considered for a full-tuition scholarship, candidates must complete applications to the University of Chicago and be children (including legally adopted children) of sworn city of Chicago firefighters and police officers or University of Chicago Police Department (UCPD) police officers who will remain active for the duration of their children‘s college careers. Students whose parent lost their life in the line of duty are also eligible for the scholarship. Each winner is guaranteed full tuition for four years of undergraduate studies (12 academic quarters) provided he or she makes satisfactory academic progress.
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Chicago Public Schools (CPS) Educators Award

In honor of their service to the community and the city, the University of Chicago will offer full-tuition scholarships to select children of active CPS full-time teachers and school-based non-leadership staff. To be considered for a full-tuition scholarship, candidates must complete applications to the University of Chicago and be children (including legally adopted children) of CPS teachers or school staff who will remain employed within CPS for the duration of their children‘s college careers. Any student whose parent loses employment at CPS through no fault of their own will be eligible to retain their scholarship. Each winner is guaranteed full tuition for four years of undergraduate studies (12 academic quarters) provided he or she makes satisfactory academic progress.

Chicago Public Schools (CPS) Scholarship

The University of Chicago awards full-tuition, four-year scholarships to select graduates of Chicago Public Schools who are admitted to the College of the University of Chicago. Awards are made to outstanding students who show the greatest potential for making contributions to the academic, extracurricular, and community life of the College. CPS student applicants will automatically be considered and need not submit any additional information beyond the required application materials.

UChicago Partner Schools Scholarship

As part of an ongoing effort to support students in our community and make higher education an affordable option for our local families, the University of Chicago awards full-tuition four-year scholarship to graduates of select partner high schools in the city of Chicago. The awards will be given to outstanding students who demonstrate the greatest potential for making contributions to the academic, extracurricular, and community life of the College. Student applicants will automatically be considered and need not submit any additional information beyond the required application materials. Current partner schools include the University of Chicago Charter School Woodlawn Campus, Nicholas Senn High School, Providence St. Mel School, and Kenwood Academy High School.

Transfer Applicants

City Colleges of Chicago (CCC) Star Scholarship

The University of Chicago awards full-tuition scholarships to select recipients of the City Colleges of Chicago Star Scholarship who are admitted to the College of the University of Chicago. Awards are made to outstanding students who show the greatest potential for making contributions to the academic, extracurricular, and community life of the College.  CCC Star Scholar applicants will automatically be considered when they apply for transfer admission and need not submit any additional information beyond the required application materials.