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Scholarships

The University of Illinois at Chicago offers a range of different financial resources for incoming, transfer and continuing students, including financial aid and scholarships. Students applying to UIC should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Financial Aid (FAFSA) in order to determine what federal, state and institutional need-based aid they might be eligible to receive.

To be considered for most university and college scholarships and awards, incoming students need only complete the UIC admission application; no additional steps are necessary. Your application is then reviewed to determine which awards, if any, fit you. Some scholarships evaluate financial need, so students are also encouraged to complete the FAFSA.

Incoming First Year Students

UIC Chicago Grant

The Chicago Grant is UIC’s major grant program for students from U.S. states outside of Illinois who are being assessed nonresident tuition. Eligibility requirements include: 3.0 unweighted GPA or better; minimum ACT score of 20 or minimum SAT score of 950 (critical reading and math combined); and U.S. citizenship or Permanent Resident status. The Chicago Grant is valued up to $7,000 per year and is available for up to four years.

President's Award Program

The President’s Award Program (PAP) is the most prestigious scholarship given by the University of Illinois for newly admitted incoming freshmen. The PAP award is merit-based and starts at $5,000 per year for a maximum of four years (eight semesters). Scholarship consideration is based on a combination of factors including high school record, standardized test scores, and a comprehensive review of all application materials. Additionally, candidates must be from one from the following: (a) a historically underrepresented group, (b) a low-sending Illinois county to the University of Illinois, or (c) a family that is not expected to contribute to the cost of their dependent student’s education as verified through the financial aid application process. For details, see: http://www.uic.edu/depts/oaa/degree_progress/pap.html

ROTC

In addition to scholarships and tuition assistance offered directly from the ROTC programs, Illinois residents can apply for IL state ROTC tuition waivers. Each ROTC program has 40 of these waivers active during each semester. This assistance is available to freshmen and sophomores without a military obligation. Prospective and current ROTC cadets may contact the appropriate ROTC branch to obtain information about their scholarships:

Honors College

Students interested in applying to the Honors College, however, must complete an additional application for admission and consideration for their scholarships. The application is accessible at http://www.uic.edu/honors/applying/newfreshman.shtml

Other Resources

Students interested in scholarships that are not affiliated with UIC may elect to use http://www.fastweb.com, which is a scholarship matching service offered through http://www.monster.com/

Transfer Undergraduate Students

UIC Chicago Grant

The Chicago Grant is UIC’s major grant program for students from U.S. states outside of Illinois who are being assessed nonresident tuition. Eligibility requirements include: 3.0 unweighted GPA on all transferable coursework; and U.S. citizenship or Permanent Resident status. The Chicago Grant is valued up to $7,000 per year and is available for up to four years.

ROTC

In addition to scholarships and tuition assistance offered directly from the ROTC programs, Illinois residents can apply for IL state ROTC tuition waivers. Each ROTC program has 40 of these waivers active during each semester. This assistance is available to freshmen and sophomores without a military obligation. Prospective and current ROTC cadets may contact the appropriate ROTC branch to obtain information about their scholarships:

Honors College

Students who have transferred to UIC may be eligible for the Transfer Merit Tuition Award or Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship once they are enrolled at UIC. Membership in the Honors College is required for the Phi Theta Kappa award. The Transfer Merit Tuition Award does not require Honors College Membership. Eligible students are contacted during the fall semester with application and deadline information. Details are available at http://www.uic.edu/honors/learning/scholarships.shtml

Continuing Undergraduate Students

Scholarships are available to students already taking classes at UIC from a range of different on campus and off campus organizations. The Office of Special Scholarship Programs maintains a comprehensive list of awards offered through UIC colleges, departments and organizations at http://www.uic.edu/depts/oaa/ssp/uicscholarships2.htm

Of particular note is the Scholarship Association for UIC, which awards multiple awards to currently enrolled UIC students every year: http://www.uic.edu/depts/oaa/scholar/

Current students and alumni with questions about or seeking support for applying for nationally competitive awards, such as the Goldwater, Truman, Fulbright, NSF, Gates Cambridge and NSEP, can find out more about those awards, including support services offered to applicants, by contacting the Office of Special Scholarship Programs at http://www.uic.edu/depts/oaa/ssp