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Cost & Aid

Affording an Education

UChicago students graduate debt-free and prepared for lifelong success, no matter their chosen major or background prior to enrolling in The College. As UChicago is a need-blind institution, we make admissions decisions independent of a family’s financial circumstances. Additionally, through “No Barriers”—our comprehensive plan to increase access to college, support students in receiving an empowering education, and prepare them for lifelong success—UChicago offers need-based financial aid that meets 100% of your family’s demonstrated need in the form of grants (which do not need to be repaid) instead of student loans. Tuition for the 2017-2018 school year was $53,292, and room & board on campus costs roughly $15,726 per year, so we will work with your family to create a comprehensive aid package that fits your circumstances and ensures that a UChicago education is within your reach. Last year, for example, the University distributed over $135 million in financial aid to students. 

  • Apply for financial aid at UChicago. Learn more
  • See scholarships available to UChicago students. Learn more
  • Learn about UChicago’s Odyssey Scholarship Program. Learn more


Applying for Aid Step-by-Step
Learn about the financial aid process at the University of Chicago.

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.

Information for undocumented/DACA students including an FAQ and links to campus and community resources is available at For the latest information on immigration-related topics, international students, staff and scholars are invited to visit