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 grant-based financial award 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 tuition, housing, a meal plan, and estimates for additional costs like books and personal expenses.
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 eligible for financial aid only 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 Financial Aid, reviews all applications for international financial aid, please contact the International Admissions Team with questions about financial aid for international students.
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- The International Student Financial Aid Application (ISFAA), available in the UChicago Account
- Supporting Documentation
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.
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.
Please 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
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 independently 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. International 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.