Your investment in a master’s degree at the University of Chicago can pay life–long dividends—advancing your academic and professional career, and developing critical skills and valuable connections with world–class peers. The availability of aid to master’s degree candidates directly from the schools and divisions varies widely, with many programs offering some partial- to full-tuition merit awards, a few offering need‐based aid, and some programs offering little or no institutional aid. Such institutional aid awards are typically offered at the time an admissions decision is made, and in the case of merit awards, require no separate application.
We encourage all students to explore the availability of outside sources of funding they may be eligible for, such as grants, fellowships, or government scholarships. For many students, education loans may be one source of funding for the degree. If you are considering using student loans to finance your education, you should review the information below regarding the application process for federal student loans. We encourage applicants to consider their own circumstances and goals in making decisions about funding their program of study.
It is crucial to consider the cost of each master’s program to which you apply, and to have an understanding of how you will pay for the degree. Many students finance their education using student loans. If you are planning to do so, be sure to understand the terms of repayment before you apply. Admitted students will receive additional information from their program on submitting the FAFSA and receiving a loan eligibility package. Our Student Loan Administration manages this process for graduate students. Here are helpful websites that deal with this topic:
- Understanding Repayment
- Repayment Estimator
- American Student Assistance: Loan Types
- Public Service Loan Forgiveness
In addition to merit– or need–based aid offered at the time of admission, the University also offers other funding opportunities to support academic and professional development during the course of study. Start researching programs early to identify these opportunities. The University maintains two databases to assist students in searching for these fellowships:
UChicagoGRAD Fellowships Database
Filter by “Master’s” to identify sources of supplemental funding. This database includes fellowships unique to UChicago as well as funding provided by external organizations.
Master’s Student Travel Grants
These awards help offset the cost of attending or presenting at academic conferences. They can also be used to fund trips to meet with alumni for the purpose of professional development.
During their time at UChicago, students can find a variety of employment opportunities that support and complement their education without interfering with their studies. In addition to teaching and research positions, on- and off-campus internships such as the Higher Education Fellows program offer students an opportunity to explore options and gain skills. Several services help connect students to these positions, or directly employ students as staff.
This site, which requires a UChicago CNet ID to access fully, lists a wide range of jobs for current students, including teaching and assistantship opportunities.
This university-specific site is similar to Craig's List, with postings for jobs in addition to a wide array of other offerings. You will need a UChicago CNet ID to fully access the listings.
NSP employs work-study and some non-work-study students in area schools and community organizations as teaching assistants and tutors, technology assistants, and more.
UCSC facilitates off-campus work-study jobs with Chicago area nonprofit organizations focusing on research, community outreach, communications, direct service with children, and more.
A database of full- and part-time administrative and clerical positions at the on-campus medical center.
The CCT offers workshops, seminars, and consultation to hone your teaching skills, and may have information on local institutions seeking instructors.
Employment Information for International Students
The Office of International Affairs (OIA) maintains information on the forms and requirements for international students with F-1 or J-1 status who seek employment in the United States. Most non-work study student jobs on campus are open to all students, regardless of citizenship.
Loan programs augment any other aid students have received from the University and from outside funding sources. Find details of all loan programs for domestic citizens and application instructions on the Student Loan Administration website. In order to apply for student loans through the University, you will need to complete the FAFSA after January 1.
Educational Benefits for Veterans
The University of Chicago welcomes veterans and their dependents to our community. The University's Veterans Services, through the Office of the Registrar, helps veteran students or eligible dependents obtain educational benefits from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
The Post-9/11 GI Bill
Commonly known as The Yellow Ribbon Program, this initiative provides funding for post-9/11 servicemen and women to attend the University, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Yellow Ribbon applicants must be admitted and have confirmed their intent to enroll into an academic program before submitting a Yellow Ribbon application to the University of Chicago, and acceptance in the program is on a first-come, first-serve basis, although most programs do not limit the number of participants. Specialist advisers in the Office of the Registrar assist individuals who need enrollment certification sent to the U.S. Department of Veterans Administration.