Tuition, Aid, & Scholarships
Public funding is available to students who will serve after graduation as licensed teachers. Options include:
- TEACH Grant: provides federal student aid to teacher candidates who seek to become teachers in high-need areas in low-income schools. College of Education students must apply to the TEACH grant using this form.
- Minority Teacher of Illinois Scholarship Program: encourages academically talented minority students to pursue careers as teachers at nonprofit Illinois Pre-K to 12 schools; and
- Illinois Special Education Teacher Tuition Waiver: covers tuition for students pursuing licensure to teach special education (including teachers with a PEL who are not currently licensed to teach special education) who agree to a service requirement
Graduate students can apply for scholarships, grants, and graduate assistantships to cover all or part of tuition.
The most common form of graduate funding is the assistantship. An assistantship provides you with a stipend and, usually, with a tuition and partial fee waiver. UIC offers teaching assistantships (TA), research assistantships (RA), and graduate assistantships (GA).
The UIC Graduate College is a great source of information about funding opportunities for UIC graduate students. Please note that some of these opportunities are only for currently enrolled students, which means that if you have not been accepted to a program yet, you are not eligible to apply.
- Graduate College Tuition and Fee Waivers cover tuition and fees to the UIC Graduate College and are awarded on a limited, semester-by-semester basis.
- University Fellowships are awards aimed at recruiting outstanding students newly admitted to graduate programs at UIC.
- The Graduate Access Fellowship seeks to increase the excellence and diversity of the graduate student body by attracting applicants who have overcome obstacles to achieve academic success.
- The College of Education periodically offers TA, RA, and GA positions to its own graduate students, which are advertised in the Chalkboard email newsletter.