The maximum UIC Access to Excellence Grant a amount is $5,000 annually ($2,500 per term). To qualify, students must meet the following criteria:
- Be a U.S. Citizen or permanent resident
- Demonstrate financial need
- Qualify to receive the Illinois Monetary Award Program (MAP)
- Qualify to receive the Federal Pell Grant
- 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 towards a degree or the number of credit hours required to complete a degree plus 15 additional UIC hours.
The UIC Gateway Grant is awarded to students who receive MAP with EFCs higher than the Pell Grant cutoff. Award students must meet all criteria listed for the UIC Access to Excellence Grant. The UIC Gateway Grant award is $1,500 and supports up to 135 credit hours towards a degree or the number of credit hours required to complete a degree plus 15 additional UIC hours.
Students who reside in campus 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.
UIC Housing Grant chart
Expected Family Contribution Amount of Award $0 - $500 $2,200 $501 - 1,000 $1,800 $1,001 - $1,500 $1,400 $1,501 - $2,000 $1,000
SFAS Tuition Award
Each year the office allocates limited funding to assist undergraduates in need of additional assistance. 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.
- Basic 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 award is determined after the Change of Financial Situation form is completed and reviewed. The award ranges from $1,000 to $5,000 for the academic year. Not all eligible students are awarded.
The Student-to-Student Grant is funded by fees collected from UIC students. This grant is available to undergraduate Illinois residents seeking their first bachelor’s degree, enrolled full time, eligible for the MAP grant, and with 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.