Tuition is determined by the University of Illinois at Chicago. Because tuition and fees can change slightly over time, please only use the published tuition and fees on the UIC Admissions website to guide your decision-making process.
Federal, State and Institutional Financial Aid
The UIC Office of Student Financial Aid provides information about types and sources of financial aid, deadlines, paperwork and links to other important resources. They establish the cost of attendance to determine students’ financial aid eligibility to provide a cost estimate for attending UIC. The office also provides information about loans, grants, scholarships and fellowships that are available to assist students in covering college-related costs.
The first step in the financial aid process is completing the FAFSA. UIC's priority deadline is March 1st, and it is recommended that you complete by then. Students who complete the FASFA may be eligible for federal, state and institutional grants and loans.
Upon earning financial aid, you will receive an email instructing you to view and complete your award letter via the My UIC Portal.
For more information, visit the Office of Student Financial Aid.
University Scholarships and Funding
Board of Trustees Waiver
The Board of Trustees (BOT) of the University of Illinois provides a limited reserve of waivers of tuition and fees to the UIC Graduate College. The Graduate College allocates a certain number of waivers to the College of Education, which the College then awards on a semester-by-semester basis.
Please contact Elise Wilson for questions about the application process, and read more about the funding opportunity here. Applications are turned in to the Office of Student Services (OSS) at the College of Education, Room 3145 (see submission instructions on the application form linked below).
University Fellowships are awards aimed at recruiting outstanding students newly admitted to graduate programs at UIC. Students who have previously been admitted to a graduate program at UIC may be eligible if it can be demonstrated that this award would be part of a genuinely new recruitment effort.
Read more about eligibility requirements, benefits and application information.
Abraham Lincoln Fellowship
The goal of the Abraham Lincoln Fellowship program at the University of Illinois at Chicago is to increase the excellence and diversity of the graduate student body by attracting applicants who have overcome obstacles to achieve academic success, like President Lincoln himself, who by his words and actions forged the framework for America's pursuit of freedom, equality and justice.
Read more about eligibility requirements, benefits and application information.
The College of Education offers scholarship opportunities available only to College of Education students:
$5 for 4 Scholarship
The $5 for 4 Scholarship helps to support students who display a financial need that will impede their continued enrollment in the College of Education. To be eligible, students must be enrolled full-time in one of the BA programs, have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 (unless you are in your first semester) and demonstrate financial need. Scholarships awarded will range in amount up to $2,500 and are not renewable.
The scholarship award will be applied to tuition, university fees and books for BA Urban Education - Elementary Education and BA Human Development and Learning students.
The deadline to apply for Fall 2016 funding was October 1, 2016. Applications will be accepted for future terms at a later date.
Make an Impact Scholarship
The Make an Impact Scholarship helps support undergraduate students who demonstrate financial need. All new and current full-time students who enroll in any term within a calendar year can apply. Students must also have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 and demonstrated financial need. The $2500 award is applied to tuition and fees for the first fall semester of enrollment. Application deadline: May 15.
CWK Urban Teacher Scholarship
The Urban Teacher Scholarship helps support first-year MEd students who want to become certified teachers in Chicago’s urban schools. To be eligible students must apply to and enroll in one of the MEd certification programs in any term, have a minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0, and demonstrated financial need. The scholarship is a $1200 award applied to tuition and fees for new MEd students in their first fall semester of matriculation. Application deadline: May 15.
Aimee Strawn Math and Science Scholarship in Urban Education
This scholarship is being offered to students who are specializing in the teaching of mathematics and science to urban elementary school students in Chicago in memory of Professor Aimee Strawn. The $1000 award applies to the fall semester. Application deadline: June 1.
The University of Illinois at Chicago offers a number of scholarships at a variety of levels for undergraduate students, including the President's Award program, Office of Special Scholarship Programs and the Scholarship Association for UIC. All undergraduates who apply and are accepted are eligible for these scholarships; no further action is needed.
In addition, the University offers a number of rolling scholarship opportunities for specific groups of undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students on a rolling basis. These scholarships require separate applications.
Public Funding for Teacher Candidate
The federal TEACH Grant program provides federal student aid to teacher candidates who seek to become teachers in low-income schools. Read more about the program here.
Minority Teacher of Illinois
The Minority Teacher of Illinois (MTI) Scholarship Program encourages academically talented minority students to pursue careers as teachers at nonprofit Illinois preschool, elementary, and secondary schools. The program also aims to provide minority children with access to a greater number of positive minority role models. Recipients must agree to begin teaching within one year of graduation at a nonprofit Illinois public, private, or parochial preschool, elementary, or secondary school that the Illinois State Board of Education has certified as a school with at least 30% minority students. They must teach one year for each year of scholarship assistance or else the scholarship converts to a loan that must be repaid. Students must apply on or before March 1 preceding the academic year for which the applicant is applying. More info
Illinois Special Education Teacher Tuition Waiver Program
Students seeking to become licensed as a teacher for the first time who commit to a special education teaching requirement are eligible for a full waiver of tuition and fees. More info
Private Scholarships for Teacher Candidates
Golden Apple Scholars of Illinois
The Golden Apple Scholars of Illinois program recruits and prepares bright and talented high school graduates who represent a rich ethnic diversity for successful teaching careers in high need schools throughout Illinois and provides scholarships to students pursuing teaching degrees. Students may nominate themselves or be nominated by a teacher, counselor, principal, or other non-family adult. Students must be nominated on or before November 30 preceding the academic year for which the applicant is applying. More info
National Science Foundation Funding
Project SEEEC Master Teaching Fellows
Project SEEEC (Science Education for Excellence and Equity in Chicago) is a National Science Foundation (NSF) funded project and partnership between science education and science faculty at UIC, Chicago Public Schools (CPS), and several Chicago non-profit organizations including: Project SYNCERE, Little Village Environmental Justice Organization, Chicago Freedom School, Chicago Botanic Garden, Friends of the Chicago River, Instituto del Progreso Latino, and Project NIA. Project SEEEC seeks to transform science education in Chicago by preparing new community-responsive science teachers (teaching fellows or TFs) while also developing experienced and effective CPS teachers (master teaching fellows or MTFs) into local and national leaders and experts in culturally relevant urban science education.
During five years of participation in Project SEEEC, MTFs will develop into leaders and experts in urban science education by engaging in advanced graduate study and by gradually assuming leadership roles within Project SEEEC, CPS, and professional organizations in the state and nationally. Participation in Project SEEEC will include conducting teacher inquiry, mentoring TFs and leading Teacher Inquiry Groups (TIGs), leading professional development sessions in CPS, and pursuing UIC’s PhD in Mathematics and Science Education (MSE). MTFs will also have the opportunity to take science coursework at UIC that deepens their content knowledge in their current discipline or allows them to seek additional science endorsements on their teaching license. These activities will be woven together in a way that supports MTFs to strengthen their own practice and align it with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), while also providing opportunities for MTFs to leverage their wisdom and experience as teacher leaders and experts. MTFs will receive an annual $10,000 stipend and 9-10 semesters of UIC tuition waivers to facilitate their growth and participation over the five-year commitment to Project SEEEC.
You are not required to apply to any College program to be accepted for the fellowship initially; as part of the fellowship, you will apply for the PhD Math and Science Education program.
Visit seeec.uic.edu to learn more about the project.
The application period for MTFs is currently closed.