The federal government expects students and their families to contribute to the cost of college to the extent that they are able.
To estimate how much you and your family will be expected to contribute, click here and follow the instructions. You will use your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) on the 'Estimating Aid' page. The link above is designed for U.S. citizens and permanent residents and is based upon the formula used by the U.S. Department of Education. Keep in mind, this is only an estimated EFC and your actual EFC will be calculated when you complete the FAFSA.
You should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) before February 15th prior to the fall for which you plan to attend. The FAFSA collects a lot of information and will determine the official EFC to be used by the UIC Office of Student Financial Aid. When completing the FAFSA each year, you must indicate you want the processed FAFSA to be sent to UIC by listing the federal school code of 001776 on the application.
Important Note: The EFC is not necessarily what you are going to pay to the university. Many other factors, such as submitting information by appropriate deadlines and the appropriations of federal, state and institutional funds affect your final costs. Your exact costs for attending UIC can only be determined after a review has been completed of your official financial aid application materials.
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