UIC Opportunity Grant
The UIC Opportunity Grant is a new program beginning in the 2019/2020 academic year. The grant provides up to $3700 in institutional funding for Illinois residents. The Opportunity Grant can be renewed for up to 8 paid semesters for incoming students and 4 paid semesters for transfer students. See your UIC Portal to track your payments at: my.uic.edu. This information will also be included on your 19/20 award letter.
If you previously received more than the maximum payment for this program OR the Access to Excellence Grant, please click on the UIC Access to Excellence Special Extension section below for more information.
- Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of $0 – 9000
- Illinois residency
- Submitted FAFSA by 2/15 priority deadline for full consideration
- Enroll in a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester
- Continuing students who received the UIC Access to Excellence Grant must not have exceeded 8 paid semesters for 1st time students, and 4 paid semesters for Transfer students
- Must be working towards 1st bachelor’s degree
- Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)
Please see Institutional Grants FAQs.
UIC Housing Assistance Grant
Illinois residents who reside in campus housing, receive a Pell Grant, and have an EFC between $0 and $500 are eligible for a $2000 UIC Housing Grant. Students must submit their FAFSA and UIC Housing application by 2/15 each year to receive full consideration. Funding is limited and not all eligible students are awarded.
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.
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 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.