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Institutional Grants

The various institutional grants outlined below are only available to students during the fall and spring terms, they are not available during the summer term. Funds are limited and once the budgeted funds have been committed, no additional awards will be made regardless of the situation.

UIC Undergraduate Grant Program

The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) is committed to providing access to higher education and minimizing loan debt for all undergraduate students, by optimizing the positive impact of university supported grants on student retention and graduation while controlling the campus based financial aid budget. UIC has allocated a portion of its operating budget to provide Illinois residents who are Pell or MAP eligible with supplemental grant aid that will support them to degree completion while attending UIC. There are two levels of grant aid in this program: the UIC Access to Excellence Grant and the UIC Gateway Grant.

The UIC Access to Excellence Grant is awarded to the neediest UIC Undergraduates as defined by their eligibility to receive both the Federal Pell Grant and MAP Award. The UIC Access to Excellence Grant in combination with the Federal Pell Grant, MAP Award and other federal/state/institutional gift assistance will fund direct costs defined as tuition, differentials and fees (mandatory fees charged of all students).  The maximum UIC Access to Excellence Grant a student may receive is $5,000 annually ($2,500 per term). However, depending upon the budgeted funds available and number of students eligible, maximum awards will be reduced accordingly.

IMPORTANT: If as a result of reduced funding of the MAP Program by ISAC, UIC will not cover any shortfall. The UIC Access to Excellence Grant you receive will be based upon the MAP program being fully funded as per the state statutes with a maximum award of $4,968.

Eligibility for the UIC Access to Excellence Grant

Students must be enrolled at UIC and must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each academic year. All FAFSA applicants will be considered for the UIC Undergraduate Grant Program; no other financial aid application is necessary. In order to qualify for the maximum grant aid, students must also meet the following 8 criteria:

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or permanent resident.
  • Must have demonstrated Financial Need each semester.
  • Must qualify to receive the Illinois Monetary Award Program (MAP) each semester.
  • Must qualify to receive the Federal Pell Grant each semester.
  • Must qualify for Illinois resident tuition.
  • Must enroll for at least 6 credit hours each semester.
  • Must maintain satisfactory academic progress each semester.
  • Must have not completed their degree requirements for graduation.

The UIC Access to Excellence Grant will support up to 135 credit hours earned towards a degree at UIC or support the number of credit hours required to complete a degree program plus 15 additional UIC credit hours, whichever applies.

Eligibility for the UIC Gateway Grant

The UIC Gateway Grant is awarded to those students receiving the MAP Grant who are not eligible for the Federal Pell Grant due to their EFC being higher than the cut-off. Students awarded the UIC Gateway Grant must meet all criteria listed for the UIC Access to Excellence Grant award with the exception of receiving the Federal Pell Grant. The UIC Gateway Grant award is $1,500.

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

UIC Housing Grant

Students who receive a Federal Pell Grant, qualify for the Access to Excellence Grant and have an EFC between $0 and $2,000 are also eligible to receive a UIC Housing Grant if they reside in University owned housing. The Campus Housing office informs the OSFA of students who have signed housing contracts. The amount of the award will vary based upon EFC per the table below:

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

The UIC Housing Award will only be awarded to those individuals who live in campus housing the entire term and are being charged accordingly. Students living in campus housing for shorter periods, are not eligible for that particular term.

UIC Chicago Grant

The UIC Chicago Grant is awarded to degree-seeking undergraduates who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents and do not qualify for in-state tuition rates at UIC. The UIC Chicago Grant totals more than $7,250 for undergraduate who begin their studies during Fall 2015 and Spring 2016. The award is available for up to four years of undergraduate study with continued eligibility, which includes maintaining satisfactory academic progress towards graduation. The UIC Chicago Grant award appears as a grant on tuition bills and undergraduates are guaranteed an unchanged tuition rate for four years.

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 year FAFSA.
  • Have financial need as determined by the FAFSA.
  • Must qualify for Illinois resident tuition.
  • Must meet the other eligibility criteria for federal aid, to include:
    • Being a U.S. Citizen or an Eligible Non-citizen;
    • If male, is 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;
    • Not be in default on any federal education loans or owe a refund on a federal grant;
    • Meeting the requirements for Satisfactory Academic Progress;
    • Be enrolled at least half-time; and
    • Have not completed degree requirements for graduation.
  • Must have completed a Change of Financial Situation Form for the appropriate year.

A students' eligibility for the OSFA Tuition Award will be determined on a case-by-case basis after the Change of Financial Situation form is complete and has been reviewed. The OSFA Tuition Award will range from $1,000 to $5,000 for the full academic year and can be used to pay for tuition. Not all students who meet the above criteria will be awarded the OSFA Tuition Award as the funds are targeted to those students that have experienced a change in their financial situation and additional financial assistance is warranted.

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, are enrolled full time, are eligible for the MAP grant and have an EFC generally between $4,996 and $5,500. Funding for this program is very limited, thus not all students who meet the above criteria will be awarded the STS Grant. STS Grants range from $500 to $1,000 for the full academic year.

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