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Cost & Aid

Program Costs for Summer 2020

All program fees include housing and dining for the duration of the program, unless otherwise noted.

High School Pre-College Programs



Online Immersion Course
in Experimental Animation



$4,300 (tuition for online course only)

Pathways  $7,100
Research in the Biological Sciences $12,200
Pre-College Summer Language Institute

Varies based on time on campus:
6 week course with housing: $12,400
7 week course with housing: $13,200
8 week course with housing: $14,000

Cost of course is $7,600 with no housing

Stones & Bones $11,900
Summer College Varies based on amount of courses and time on campus:
2 courses, 3-week housing: $11,100
2 courses, 5-week housing: $12,700


Visiting Undergraduate Students

Intensive Undergraduate 
Summer Programs

If on-campus accommodations are not needed, the fee is reduced to $5,200

Summer Language Institute

Varies based on amount of courses and time on campus:

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

On campus housing is $750 per week 

Required Student Services Fee*: $400

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

Undergraduate Courses

Varies based on amount of courses and time on campus:
Per course: $4,150

Required Student Services Fee*: $400

On campus housing is $750 per week 

Student Services Fee is a one-time charge. Estimate for 2020.


Cost & Aid: Deadlines

Immersion, Pathways, RIBS, and Stones and Bones
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 - $4,500

Pathways: $1,000 - $4,500

Pre-College Summer Language Institute: $1,000 - $4,500

RIBS: $2,000 - $8,000

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

Summer College (per course): $1,000 - $4,500

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:

  • Ivy League Connections

  • KAUST Gifted Student Program 

  • 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.


Tuition refunds for each program are as follows:

  • All fees (e.g., Application Fee) are nonrefundable.
  • 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.

Pre-College (Immersion, Pathways, Stones and Bones, RIBS):

Refund Date of request received
75% of Program Fee Before April 30
50% of Program Fee May 1 - 14
25% of Program Fee May 15 - 31
No refund of tuition or housing/dining On or after June 1

Please note that the refund does not include the $1,000 deposit.

Pre-College Summer Language Institute, Summer College, and Visiting Undergrads:
The tuition refund amount decreases with the lateness of the withdrawal date, according to a schedule set by the Registrar's Office. Because courses vary in length, tuition refund schedules differ. The last day for a full tuition refund is the second day of class when dropping a three-week course and the third day of class when dropping a five- or six-week course.

Housing and dining charges become final on June 1, 2020 and cannot be refunded or reduced after this date.