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A scholarship is gift assistance that does not have to be repaid. Scholarships are awarded based on a student's academic achievement, athletic ability, field of study, special talents, etc.

Notify the OSFA of All Scholarships

Students must report outside scholarships so the OSFA can recalculate aid eligibility. If students have remaining unmet need or have not exceeded their cost of attendance (COA), other awards will not be affected. Once federal need or COA is met, outside assistance may result in the reduction of Federal Work Study, student loans, or other grants and scholarships to remain compliant with federal regulations. If the OSFA is notified that a student will receive outside assistance after receiving a refund, they will be 100% responsible for repaying any refund adjustment.

State Programs:

For applications for the state programs listed below visit the Illinois Student Assistance Commission.

Golden Apple Scholars of Illinois

The Golden Apple Scholars of Illinois recruits and prepares bright and talented high school graduates for successful teaching careers. Students may self-nominate or be nominated by a teacher, counselor, principal or other unrelated adult. Students must be nominated on or before November 30 for the upcoming school year.

Special Education Teacher Tuition Waiver Program

The Special Education Teacher Tuition Waiver (SETTW) encourages Illinois residents to pursue degrees in Special Education Teaching certification programs at state universities. SETTW recipients receive a waiver of tuition and all fees excluding the CTA transit fee and Campus Care Insurance (if applicable). Students who receive the waiver must commit to working as a Special Education teacher in the state of Illinois. If the teaching commitment is not fulfilled, students must repay the entire amount plus interest. Applications are due by March 1 for the upcoming year.

Nursing Education Scholarship Program

Students pursuing a bachelor’s or graduate degree in nursing with financial need may qualify for the Nursing Education Scholarship. This scholarship provides financial aid from one to four years. If awarded, students must begin full or part-time employment as a licensed practical or registered nurse in Illinois within six months of graduating and remain employed for a period equivalent to the educational time supported by the scholarship. Applications are due May 1 for the upcoming year.

Minority Teacher of Illinois

The Minority Teacher of Illinois (MTI) Scholarship encourages talented students to pursue careers as teachers at nonprofit Illinois preschools, elementary and secondary schools. The program aims to provide minority children with access to a greater number of positive minority role models. Recipients must agree to begin teaching within one year of graduation at a nonprofit Illinois public, private, or parochial preschool, elementary or secondary school that the Illinois State Board of Education has certified as a school with at least 30% minority students. Applications are due March 1 for the upcoming year.

Institutional Programs:

To be considered for most university scholarships and awards, incoming undergraduate students need only complete the main UIC admission application; no additional steps are necessary. Students interested in the Honors College must complete an additional application for consideration.

Other Institutional Scholarships

The University of Illinois at Chicago offers a range of scholarships for incoming, transfer and continuing students. Information is available on the UIC Scholarships website. Additionally, students are encouraged to visit UIC SnAP to access scholarship descriptions and applications.

Current undergraduate and professional school students interested in applying for nationally and internationally competitive scholarships, fellowships and external scholarship awards such as the Goldwater, Truman, and Fullbright are encouraged to visit the Office of External Fellowships website.

UIC graduate students are encouraged to contact the Fellowships and Financial Aid Coordinator at the Graduate College. For more information related to funding for graduate degree programs or visit the Graduate College website.

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