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Costs & Aid for Pre-College and Visiting Students

We hope you will join the University of Chicago Summer Session community! Please review the program costs, financial aid & scholarship information, and payment & refund deadlines before you commit to the program. 

Program Costs

The costs for Summer 2024 are as follows: 

2024 Residential Programs Costs (include housing and dining)
Immersion*

$8,600

Pre-College Connect (two weeks remote, one week residential)

$6,350

Research in the Biological Sciences

$14,000

Stones and Bones

$14,000

*The Program fee for Immersion students who live in the Chicagoland area and choose to commute is $5,850. 

2024 Remote Programs Remote Costs 
Summer College

$4,635

Summer  Language Institute (300 Unit Intensive courses)

$7,960

SUMMER  LANGUAGE INSTITUTE (100 UNIT READING COURSES)     $4,635
Summer Online

$4,790

Visiting Undergraduate Courses

$4,635

Pre-College Financial Aid & Scholarships

Pre-College Scholarships

Pre-College students are eligible for a number of scholarships and aid.

NEED-BASED AID

In order to be considered for need-based financial aid to support students with demonstrated financial need, students must complete the additional information requested in the application. Students will be notified of aid awards at the time of their admission decision. Financial aid is awarded to students who demonstrate financial need and is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Aid varies based on need and program cost. For the Immersion program, a limited number of full and partial aid packages are available. Students who qualify to receive full financial aid will have costs for tuition, housing, and dining covered. Students are responsible for travel to and from UChicago, as well as any incidental expenses and required materials for the course. International students living abroad should note that they will need to pay for any costs associated with receiving a student visa.

Partial aid is available for our other pre-college programs; students typically receive between the following amounts:

  • Pre-College Connect: $500 - $5,200
  • Pre-College Summer Language Institute: $500 - $6,000
  • Research in the Biological Sciences: $500 - $11,000
  • Stones & Bones: $500 - $11,000
  • Summer College: $500 - $3,500
  • Summer Online: $500 - $3,650

If you are applying for aid, you will be asked to upload additional financial documentation on the Financial Aid Application page of the application. 

  • U.S. citizens and permanent residents should supply their parents' most recent 1040s and W2s. 
  • International students should provide: 
    • (1) a copy of the most recent income tax forms from the country where their parents pay taxes; 
    • (2) a letter from parents’ employer, stating position, salary, all benefits, and years of service; 
    •  (3) a bank statement (or a letter from the bank) showing the amount of funds available to parents or student. 

If you have any questions about what to provide, please contact us at summersession@uchicago.edu.

UCHICAGO ENRICHMENT PROGRAMS

In addition to providing need-based financial aid, UChicago is pleased to provide Enrichment Programs for students to learn and explore the academic programs and campus life at the University of Chicago through fully funded Enrichment programs. To learn more about these programs, please review the  Enrichment Program page. Some programs are limited as to when students can participate, have age or grade eligibility requirements, and are only offered during one session in the summer. Students cannot be admitted to more than one Enrichment program. 

EXTERNAL SCHOLARSHIPS

Students who apply through external scholarship partners will have varied scholarship opportunities.

Accepted partner organization scholarships include:

  • Mawhiba Foundation
  • Minds Matter
  • OSSE
  • Providence St. Mel School
  • Questbridge
  • Seren
  • Squash + Education Alliance
  • Success Academy Charter Schools
  • Summer of a Lifetime

Students who apply as part of an external scholarship cohort will not have to pay an application fee or submit a Financial Aid Application, but they will need to indicate on the application that they are applying through a partnership program. The partnership organization must also confirm the student's affiliation in a separate communication with the Summer Session Office.

Visiting Undergraduate Student Financial Aid & Scholarships

Visiting Undergraduate and Graduate Students may apply for aid awarded through their home institution – check with your school’s financial aid office to see if this is available. The UChicago Office of Financial Aid cannot process awards for non-degree students.

Summer Language Institute

Need-Based Aid

The Summer Language Institute has a limited amount of financial aid to help defray the cost of attendance for some visiting students who demonstrate financial need. To be considered for these need-based financial aid awards, all application materials and financial aid form must be completed in your application status page. We will review all aid applications received by the extended application deadline of April 11, 2024. Please note that we anticipate only being able to make aid offers to a portion of financial aid applicants.

Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships

The Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship program is administered by the federal government for American graduate students who are concentrating in a modern foreign language and a program that includes international or area studies. Students from other universities may apply FLAS funds awarded at their home institution to eligible Summer Language Institute courses, and may receive additional scholarship aid from SLI to cover the difference between SLI tuition costs and your FLAS award. Contact the Summer Session office at summersession@uchicago.edu for more information. 

UChicago MA or PhD students

UChicago MA or PhD students who are enrolled in graduate programs in the 2023-2024 or 2024-2025 academic year have a discounted rate for Summer Language Institute:

300 Unit Intensive Course: $3,980
100 Unit Reading Course: $2,318 

Big Ten Academic Alliance (BTAA) Traveling Scholars Program

Students who want to enroll and whose home institutions are part of the BTAA must apply as Visiting Students to the Summer Language Institute and email summersession@uchicago.edu.  They are eligible for a scholarship equal to 50% tuition per course.  

Summer Session Tuition Benefit

Dependent children of University of Chicago full-time, benefits-eligible faculty, other academic appointees, and staff who are admitted to select Summer Session programs operated by the College will receive 25% off tuition costs for up to two Summer Session courses. For more information, refer to the Summer Session Tuition Benefit page

Payment and Refund Deadlines

Students and family should review the payment, refund, and withdrawal schedule, as listed below.

Immersion, Pre-College Connect, RIBS, Stones and Bones, and Summer Online
Within one week of admittance, a balance of $1,000 will be due on student's UChicago Account. The deposit holds student's place in the program and can be paid via credit card. The full balance will be due within four weeks of being admitted to Summer Session. Students will forfeit their space in the course if we do not receive payment. 

Summer Language Institute, Summer College, and Summer Quarter courses for Visiting Students
The Bursar's Office will issue bills to the student’s my.uchicago accounts in June and payment will be due within 3 weeks, after Summer Session classes begin. Payments must be paid via bank account or wire transfer. Currently, the Bursar's Office does not offer payment plans to Summer Session students.

Withdrawing & Refunds

WITHDRAWING

All students who have confirmed their admission will be registered in their course(s); if you decide to withdraw after you have sent in your confirmation form and deposit, you must email summersession@uchicago.edu with an official withdrawal request. Students are responsible for the program fee if they have not officially withdrawn. 

Please Note: verbally informing an instructor that you are withdrawing or failing to attend classes does not constitute an official withdrawal.

REFUNDS

All requests for refunds must be made in writing to summersession@uchicago.edu.

Tuition refunds for each program are as follows:

  • Application fees and the enrollment deposit are nonrefundable for all programs.

Immersion, Pre-College Connect, RIBS, and Stones and Bones:

  • 100% of program fee (minus deposit) will be refunded up until May 3, 2024.
  • After May 3, no refunds will be available. 

Summer Online:

  • 100% of program fee (minus deposit) will be refunded up until July 11, 2024.
  • 50% of program fee (minus deposit) will be refunded up until July 12, 2024
  • After July 12, no refunds will be available. 

Summer College, Summer Language Institute, Visiting Undergraduate Students:

Refund Schedule

*Subject to change

100 percent of program fees, including enrollment deposits, will be refunded only if a course or program is canceled and the student does not select another course or program to attend in its place. 

Students who must leave the program due to a medical or serious family situation that prevents them from completing the program should contact summersession@uchicago.edu to discuss financial obligations.