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Cost & Aid

Program Costs

Summer Session 2020 has concluded. Cost information will be updated later this year for Summer 2021. We hope you will join us next summer!

  2020 Remote Programs  2019 Residential Programs*


Pathways  $4,300 $6,620
Pre-College Summer Language Institute


RIBS Canceled for 2020 $11,620
Stones and Bones Canceled for 2020 $11,325
Summer College $4,150 per course
Required Student Services Fee: $125 
Varies based on amount of courses and time on campus:
2 courses, 3-week housing: $10,305
2 courses, 5-week housing: $12,065

*All 2019 program fees included housing and dining for the duration of the program.

Visiting Undergraduate Students

Intensive Undergraduate 
Summer Programs


Summer Language Institute

Intensive 300 unit courses: $7,200
Reading Courses: $4,150

Required Student Services Fee: $125 

Students at Big Ten Academic Alliance Member Universities should contact their institution for more information! 

Undergraduate Courses

Per course: $4,150

Required Student Services Fee: $125 


Cost & Aid: Deadlines

Immersion and Pathways
Within one week of admittance, a balance of $1,000 will be due on students’ UChicago Account. The deposit holds students’ 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.

Pre-College Summer Language Institute and Summer College
The Bursar's Office will issue bills to the student’s my.uchicago accounts at the end of June and payment will be due in mid-July, after Summer Session classes begin. Payments must be paid via bank account or wire transfer. Credit cards will not be accepted. Currently, the Bursar's Office does not offer payment plans to Summer Session students.

Financial Aid

High School Scholarships

High school students admitted to Summer Session are eligible for a number of scholarships.


In order to be considered for the need-based Maroon Summer Scholarship, students must complete the additional information requested in the application. Students will be notified of scholarship awards at the time of the admission decision.

Aid varies based on need and program cost; students typically receive between the following amounts:

Immersion: $1,000 - $4,000

Pathways: $1,000 - $4,000

Pre-College Summer Language Institute: $1,000 - $4,000

RIBS: $2,000 - $8,000

Stones & Bones: $2,000 - $8,500

Summer College (per course): $1,000 - $4,000

Need-based scholarships to support students with demonstrated financial need.

Students will be asked to upload additional financial documentation on the Supplement page of their application. US 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 your 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


In addition to providing need-based scholarships, UChicago is pleased to provide scholarship programs for students to be able to come to campus and take a Summer Session course free of charge. To learn more about these programs, please review the UChicago Scholarship 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. Additional programming and workshops are provided for the scholarship programs typically geared toward helping students better understanding the college admissions process and building skills for success in college. 


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 Network

  • Squash + Education Alliance

  • Success Academy Charter Schools

  • Summer of a Lifetime

  • Summer Sisters

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 the 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 students should see more information about costs and aid here.

Withdrawing & Refunds


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 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.


Our refund policy has been updated to reflect the changes in moving Summer programs online. For programs requiring payment in full in Spring 2020 (Pathways and Immersion), the following refund policy applies.

  • All request for refunds must be made in writing to
  • Application fees and enrollment deposits are non-refundable, but the remaining program fee will be refunded through the second calendar day of the course if a student chooses to withdraw. 
  • 100% 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 after the second day due to a medical or serious family situation that prevents them from completing the program should contact to discuss financial obligations.

Summer College and Precollege Summer Language Institute students who begin the program, but decide to leave the program, will follow the financial obligation schedule below. These tuition schedules vary slightly based on the length of course. Please note all days refer to Monday through Friday calendar days of the course session, not class days.  For example, the second day of a class meeting Monday, Wednesday, and Friday would be Tuesday of the first week of class.

3- and 5-week long course deadlines:

  • Student withdraws after fifth calendar day of course - student is obligated to pay 50% of the original tuition amount
  • Student withdraws after six to eight calendar days of program - student is obligated to pay 100% of original tuition amount
  • Withdrawals on 9th day and after - student is obligated to pay 100% of original tuition amount, “W” appears on transcript

6-, 7- and 8-week long course deadlines:

  • Student attends up to fifth calendar day of course, then withdraws - student is obligated to pay 50% of the original tuition amount
  • Student attends first six to twenty days of program, then withdraws - student is obligated to pay 100% of original tuition amount