Each family’s financial aid package is tailored to their particular financial profile, and their submitted documents are reviewed on a case-by-case basis. You can read more about how we determine need here.
Although domestic first-year applicants may apply for financial aid at any time, we recommend that you apply for aid when you apply for admission, in order to receive an aid decision in a timely manner. The information below is for U.S. citizens or permanent residents applying for aid as a first-year applicant. Other first-year applicants, regardless of where they live or go to school, should submit an international financial aid application. Transfer students can read more about the transfer financial aid process here.
If you are a current student, please visit the Office of Financial Aid’s website for more information.
Early Action & Early Decision I
Early Decision II
|Priority deadline for document submission*
*If admitted as a domestic applicant (US citizen or permanent resident or Canadian or Mexican citizen), you can still apply for aid after the deadline or after being admitted. However, if you indicate you are applying for need-based aid, admissions will expect you to submit aid materials as part of a complete application to the College.
FAFSA For Federal Aid
The 2023-24 FAFSA is available at fafsa.gov. You can request the required FSA ID at fsaid.ed.gov (use school code 001774).
Note: If you are an Illinois resident who is not eligible to complete a FAFSA application for federal financial aid consideration, you may be eligible to complete an alternative application to be considered for State of Illinois financial aid. Visit the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) website to determine your eligibility and apply.
UChicago Financial Aid Worksheet For UChicago Aid
A short, free online worksheet available through your UChicago Account once you have applied for admission. The College Board’s CSS Profile (which requires a submission fee) can be substituted for this free worksheet.
Please note that you cannot upload financial aid documentation through the CSS Profile IDOC system for UChicago Financial Aid decisions.
Parents’ Last-Year Tax Returns
A signed copy of your parents’ 2021 federal income tax return. Include all schedules, W-2 Forms, and business returns (if applicable).
In certain cases, you may be asked to provide further financial information.
Applying Only for Federal Aid
We strongly encourage families to submit all the above documents in order to be eligible for UChicago’s institutional financial aid and maximize their funding options. However, if you are only interested in applying for federal student aid (Federal Pell Grants, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants, Federal Stafford Loans, or Federal PLUS Loans for parents), you need only complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and email College Aid to confirm you have completed your application.
We do not require additional information from students’ non-custodial parent. In cases where the applicant’s parents are divorced or separated, provide financial information from the parent who has primary custody of or contributes more than 50% of the student’s financial support.