Odyssey Scholarships

Thanks to an extremely generous gift of $100 million from an anonymous alumnus, we are now able to offer an even more competitive financial aid package to many of our students. The Odyssey Scholarship program provides enhanced academic, social, and career support to students from lower-income families or who are the first in their families to attend college. Odyssey Scholars are selected on the basis of financial need and family circumstances and will be eligible for additional funding for study abroad and other costs (such as health insurance). Students must apply for need-based financial aid in order to be considered for this need-based University funded scholarship; students selected as Odyssey Scholars usually have family incomes under $90,000.

Odyssey Scholars entering the University in Autumn 2015 or later will also be guaranteed a summer internship or research opportunity with a minimum stipend of $4,000 for the summer between their first and second years in the College, and are also often eligible for additional support through our Odyssey Scholarship program.

Chicago-Area Scholarships

UChicago Promise

A groundbreaking investment in the academic future of Chicago high school students.

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 an Admissions Academy, which guides Chicago high schoolers toward selective four-year institutions, as well as mentoring, preparation, internships and more.

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Chicago Police and Fire Scholarship

Full scholarships are available to children of active Chicago Fire Fighters and Police Officers.

In honor of Chicago Fire Fighters' and Chicago Police Officers' service to the University community and the city, the University of Chicago offers full-tuition scholarships to select children of active Chicago firefighters and police officers. To be considered for a full-tuition scholarship, candidates must qualify for admission to the University of Chicago and be children (or legally adopted children) of sworn Chicago Fire Fighters and Chicago Police Officers who will remain active for the duration of their children‘s college careers. Students whose parents 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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NOTE: All Police and Fire Scholarship candidates must submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Please visit FAFSA for more details.

Chicago Public Schools (CPS) Scholarship

The University of Chicago awards full-tuition, four-year scholarships to a select number of 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. Financial need does not affect admissions decisions.

UChicago Charter School Scholarship

In an ongoing effort to support the students in our community and make higher education an affordable option for our local families, The University of Chicago will award a full-tuition four-year scholarship to a graduate of The University of Chicago Charter School – Woodlawn Campus who is admitted to the College of the University of Chicago. The award will be given to an outstanding UCCS Woodlawn student who demonstrates the greatest potential for making contributions to the academic, extracurricular, and community life of the College.

Merit Scholarships

Exemplary students are selected to receive merit scholarships that are guaranteed for four years of study.

Our merit scholarships are among the oldest in the country, and are awarded to applicants on the basis of outstanding academic and extracurricular achievement, demonstrated leadership, and commitment to their communities. Merit awards are determined by Faculty Committee and the Office of College Admissions without consideration of financial need, and are guaranteed for four years of undergraduate study.

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.

You should contact your Regional Admissions Officer with questions about Merit Scholarships.

National Merit Finalists

National Merit Finalists are granted awards from one of three sources: the National Merit Corporation, a sponsoring corporation, or from the University of Chicago. If you are a finalist in this competition, simply report to the National Merit Scholarship Corporation that the University of Chicago is your first-choice school. National merit finalists will receive a minimum award of $4,000 per year renewable for four years from either UChicago or an outside source; in cases where a student receives a National Merit scholarship sponsored by an outside source that is less than $4,000, the University of Chicago will make up the difference between this award and our minimum National Merit award (for example, we would provide an additional $3,000 per year to a student who receives a $1,000 per year National Merit scholarship sponsored by a company or organization).

National Hispanic Recognition Program

Students selected as recognized students through the National Hispanic Recognition Program will be considered for a renewable $4,000 per year merit-based scholarship sponsored by the University of Chicago. 

Admitted students who are recognized through this program should communicate with the Admissions Office to assure that this information will be forwarded for consideration by the Faculty Committee and the Office of College Admissions.

Stamps Leadership Scholarships

The Penelope W. and E. Roe Stamps IV Leadership Scholarship recognizes exceptional students who exemplify leadership, perseverance, scholarship, service, and innovation. UChicago is proud to partner with the Stamps Family Charitable Foundation and offer Stamps Scholarships each year.

The Stamps Scholarship funds the full cost of undergraduate attendance, including tuition, fees, room, board, and allowances for books, personal expenses, and travel. The scholarship is renewable for four years (or 12 quarters) provided that recipients remain enrolled as full-time students in good standing with the College.

In addition to the cost of attendance, the Stamps Scholarship also supports a variety of co-curricular opportunities. Each Stamps Scholar receives $10,000 of enrichment funding to pursue educational opportunities outside of the classroom such as internships, research projects, and study abroad. UChicago Stamps Scholars are also eligible to attend special programming, workshops, and social events throughout the academic year. All applicants to the College will be considered for the Stamps Scholarship. Applicants who are nominated to the Stamps Foundation for the scholarship will be notified of their nomination and the interview process.

Outside Scholarships

You are encouraged to apply for scholarships from agencies outside of the University. A popular scholarship search resource available to you is Fastweb. If you receive a merit scholarship from an outside agency, you must report it to the Office of College Aid as soon as you are notified of the award. These non-University scholarships will reduce the student contribution from summer earnings and term-time earnings but will not reduce your need-based aid award.