Financial Aid, Scholarships and Tuition

About 80 percent of UIC students receive some type of financial assistance for their education, and there are a variety of opportunities to  lower tuition costs.  In addition to federal financial aid and loans, the College of Education and UIC offer numerous scholarship opportunities.  Public funding is available to teacher candidates seeking licensure, and graduate and doctoral students are eligible for tuition waivers and fellowships.  Finally, the College offers teaching and research assistantships that build professional experience and possibly include partial tuition waivers.


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As a community of educators, the College seeks to support students through a variety of scholarship opportunities based on financial need, academic achievement and career aims.  Most scholarships are available each year on a rolling basis.  In particular, the Call Me Mister scholarship provides full tuition funding to undergraduate males of color aspiring to the teaching profession.  The MEd Special Education program offers a number of grant-funded scholarships.  College students are also eligible to apply for a number of university-wide scholarship opportunities.

Public Funding for Teacher Candidates

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Public funding is available to students committed to service after graduation as licensed teachers.  Funding options include the TEACH Grant, which provides federal student aid to teacher candidates who seek to become teachers in low-income schools; the Minority Teacher of Illinois Scholarship Program, which encourages academically talented minority students to pursue careers as teachers at nonprofit Illinois preschool, elementary, and secondary schools; and the Illinois Special Education Teacher Tuition Waiver, which waives tuition for students pursuing licensure to teach special education (including teachers with an Illinois Professional Educator License not currently licensed to teach special education) who agree to a service requirement.

Fellowships and Tuition Waivers

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Graduate College Tuition and Fee Waivers provide a limited reserve of waivers of tuition and fees to the UIC Graduate College, awarded on a semester-by-semester basis.  University Fellowships are awards aimed at recruiting outstanding students newly admitted to graduate programs at UIC.  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.

Teaching and Research Assistantships

The College offers teaching assistant and research assistant positions to graduate students, often with partial tuition waivers.  Positions are offered on a rolling basis and generally require an application.