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Federal Pell Grant

The PELL Grant is a federally funded program for undergraduate students from low-income families. The amount of the award varies based on the expected family contribution (EFC) as calculated by the FAFSA. Students may only receive a Federal Pell Grant for 12 full-time semesters (or its equivalent). Students can check their lifetime PELL Grant eligibility by logging into The National Student Loan Data System (www.nslds.ed.gov).

Awards will vary based on enrollment hours (at the end of the add/drop period each term) as illustrated by the table below.

Number of hours enrolled per termPercentage of Federal Pell Grant
12+ hours100% of award
9-11 hours75% of award
6-8 hours50% of award
1-5 hours25% of award

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)

The Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) is a program for undergraduate students from low-income families. Only students who are eligible to receive the Pell Grant, have an EFC of $0, and are enrolled at least half time (6 hours a semester) are considered for the FSEOG. Funding is very limited and not all eligible students are awarded. Awards range from $500 to $1,000 for the academic year.

Federal Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant

Undergraduate, post-baccalaureate and graduate students may be eligible to receive the Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant. Students must complete the FAFSA, be eligible for federal aid, be enrolled in a certification program for a high need teaching field and meet academic achievement requirements (3.25 cumulative GPA).

Students must annually complete TEACH Grant Counseling and sign an Agreement to Serve (ATS). In signing the ATS students agree to teach low-income students in a high-need field for a minimum of four academic years within eight years of completing their program. When a student graduates or withdraws, they must complete TEACH Grant Exit Counseling.

Due to sequestration, the maximum award amount is adjusted every October 1st and may be less than $4,000. The charts below display undergraduate and graduate enrollment award eligibility:

Undergraduate

Number of hours enrolled per term Percentage of Federal TEACH Grant
12+ hours 100% of award
9-11 hours 75% of award
6-8 hours 50% of award
1-5 hours 25% of award

Graduate

Number of hours enrolled per term Percentage of Federal TEACH Grant
9+ hours 100% of award
8 hours 75% of award
5-7 hours 50% of award
1-4 hours 25% of award

The cumulative maximum for TEACH awards are $16,000 for undergraduate and post-baccalaureate students and $8,000 for graduate.

VERY IMPORTANT: If a student does not complete the TEACH service obligation it will retroactively convert to a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan, including interest accrued from the initial date of disbursement.

Students interested in the TEACH Grant who meet the above criteria must apply through UIC»s College of Education. Click here to the application.

State Grants

Monetary Award Program (MAP)

The Monetary Award Program (MAP) Grant is funded by the State of Illinois. Eligible students (and parents, if dependent) must be Illinois residents, undergraduates, complete the FAFSA before the state’s deadline and meet financial eligibility criteria. Students are encouraged to file the FAFSA annually by UIC’s priority deadline of February 15. MAP awards range from $300 to $4720 for the full academic year. If students meet criteria for MAP it will be included on their award letters.

MAP funding is limited and levels are appropriated by the Illinois General Assembly. Due to state funding constraints, reductions to MAP grants are possible. UIC will not cover any shortfall in the event of reduced MAP Grant funding.

MAP disbursement is based on enrolled credit hours, with a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 15 paid hours per term. There is a limit of 75 paid hours that can be awarded to freshmen and sophomores. If this maximum is reached, students must attain junior status for MAP grant eligibility to resume. The maximum number of MAP paid hours is 135.

The chart below details MAP eligibility by term based on enrolled credit hours.

HoursApproximate Percentage of MAP
15+100%
1493%
1387%
1280%
1173%
1067%
960%
853%
747%
640%
533%
427%
320%


Institutional Grants

Eligibility for the UIC Access to Excellence Grant

All FAFSA applicants are considered for the UIC Access to Excellence Grant. The maximum UIC Access to Excellence Grant a student may receive is $5,000 annually ($2,500 per term). All FAFSA applicants are automatically considered for this grant. To qualify for the maximum grant aid, students must meet the following 8 criteria:

  • Be a U.S. Citizen or permanent resident.
  • Have demonstrated Financial Need each semester.
  • Qualify to receive the Illinois Monetary Award Program (MAP) each semester.
  • Qualify to receive the Federal Pell Grant each semester.
  • Qualify for Illinois resident tuition.
  • Enroll for at least 6 credit hours each semester.
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress each semester.

The UIC Access to Excellence Grant supports up to 135 credit hours earned towards a degree at UIC or the number of credit hours required to complete a degree plus 15 additional UIC hours.

Eligibility for the UIC Gateway Grant

The UIC Gateway Grant is awarded to students who receive MAP with EFCs higher than the Pell Grant cutoff. Students awarded the UIC Gateway Grant must meet all other criteria listed for the UIC Access to Excellence Grant. The UIC Gateway Grant award is $1,500.

The UIC Gateway Grant supports up to 135 credit hours earned toward a degree at UIC or the number of credit hours required to complete a degree program plus 15 additional UIC hours.

UIC Housing Grant

Students who reside in UIC housing, receive a Pell Grant, qualify for the Access to Excellence, and have an EFC between $0 and $2,000 are eligible for a UIC Housing Grant. Funding is limited and not all eligible students are awarded.

Expected Family ContributionAmount of Award
$0 - $500$2,200
$501 - $1,000$1,800
$1,001 - $1,500$1,400
$1,501 - $2,000$1,000

OSFA Tuition Award

Each year the OSFA is allotted limited funding to assist undergraduates in need of additional financial assistance. In order to be eligible, a student must meet the following criteria:

  • Completed the appropriate FAFSA.
  • Have financial need as determined by the FAFSA.
  • Qualify for Illinois resident tuition.
  • Must meet the other eligibility criteria for federal aid:
    • U.S. Citizen or an Eligible Non-citizen;
    • If male, registered with Selective Service;
    • Have a high School diploma or GED High School Equivalency diploma;
    • Be enrolled in a degree-seeking or approved certificate program;
    • Be in good-standing for any federal education loans or federal grants;
    • Meeting the requirements for Satisfactory Academic Progress;
    • Be enrolled at least half-time;
    • Have not completed degree requirements for graduation.
  • Must have completed a Change of Financial Situation Form for the appropriate year.

Eligibility for the OSFA Tuition Award is determined after the Change of Financial Situation form is completed and reviewed. The OSFA Tuition Award ranges from $1,000 to $5,000 for the full academic year. Funds are targeted to students who have experienced a change in their financial situation and need additional financial assistance. Not all eligible students are awarded.

Student-to-Student (STS) Grant

The Student-to-Student Grant is funded by fees collected from UIC students. This grant is available to undergraduate Illinois residents who are seeking their first bachelor's degree, enrolled full time, eligible for the MAP Grant and have an EFC between $4,996 and $5,500. Funding for this program is limited and not all eligible students are awarded. STS ranges from $500 to $1,000 for the academic year.


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