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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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