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Scholarships for First-Year Students

A college education is an investment and scholarships are a way to help make achieving your goals more affordable. Scholarship determinations are based on various criteria such as academic achievement, special interests, personal talents, leadership qualities, financial need, or a combination of these factors. While a separate application is required for some campus scholarships, most require only the UIC admission application. To ensure you receive full consideration for all scholarships, we recommend the following actions:

Apply for Admission to UIC

The application for admission to UIC also serves as the application for the majority of scholarships for first-year students to UIC.

Incomplete applications are not considered for scholarship opportunities.


Apply for Financial Aid

Need-Based Funding Support requires the completion and submission of either the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or Alternative Application for Illinois Financial Aid (RISE Application).

Each application is available on October 1st. You do not need to be admitted to UIC to complete and submit either application.

Make sure to include the UIC School Code which is 001776 on your application so that the Student Financial Aid and Scholarships Office receives the results of your submission.


Explore External Scholarships

A number of community organizations, cultural associations, foundations, governments and professional guilds have established scholarship opportunities for college students.

We highly recommend that all UIC students explore external scholarship opportunities. An external scholarship search may be conducted online using the platform or search engine of choice.

Admitted UIC Students Are Automatically Considered For The Scholarship Opportunities Listed Directly Below. Heading link

The same application documents submitted to be admitted to the University of Illinois Chicago are reviewed for scholarship consideration for the scholarships listed immediately below.

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Many colleges, schools, and departments automatically consider students admitted to their academic programs for additional scholarship opportunities. In most cases, no additional application is necessary. In some cases, an additional application, audition, portfolio review, or interview may be required to compete for those awards; in those cases, potentially eligible students will be contacted. Scholarships that require action from the admitted first-year student are listed below.

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