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Frequently Asked Questions

Below are answers to common questions about Summer Session. Please see frequently asked questions about the Enrichment ProgramsResidential programs, and Remote programs for specific details.

Pre-College FAQ:

Current UChicago Students FAQ:

Visiting Student FAQ:

Application for Pre-College and Visiting Students

Should I apply for more than one course? What happens if the course(s) I want to take are full?

Yes, you are advised to apply to multiple courses on your application. If your first choice is full, we will review your application and consider you for placement in other courses you listed. Complete your application as soon as possible for the best chance to take your preferred class!

I attended the program last summer; how do I reapply?

Students who have attended a previous Summer Session should complete a new application by providing their personal information in the online application along with the application fee and an updated complete high school transcript, though other materials do not need to be resubmitted. Returning applicants should also submit an essay indicating their interest in the current courses they are applying to, but do not need to respond to a second essay, solicit new recommendations, or submit another graded writing sample. Simply enter "Summer 2023" as the first/last names of the recommenders and in the essay fields, unless you wish to have new recommendation letters submitted for the current application.

Applicants to the Research in the Biological Sciences (RIBS) program must submit an entirely new application, including essays, recommendations, and transcripts, even if they attended another Summer Session program.

My parent/guardian has not received the parent/guardian confirmation or parental permission and release emails. What should I do?

Contact us at and we will resend the emails. Some emails have strong blocking systems, so please check your spam filters. Only students in Pre-College programs require the parent/guardian confirmation. 

My recommender did not receive the link to the recommendation. What should we do?

Contact us at Include your name, the recommender's name, and the recommender’s email, and we will resend the request.

Should I wait until my recommendation is on file before submitting my application?

No, the letters can be added to your application once they are submitted. You do not need to wait to submit your application, but we will not be able to review your application until we receive the letter of recommendation.

I have attended more than one school since 9th grade. Should I only send my most current school's transcripts?

For Pre-College students. transcripts should include the student's entire academic record since the 9th grade, as applicable. Students who have attended more than one school since the beginning of the 9th grade should submit one official transcript for each school they attended. Students who are currently in 9th grade should also submit their grades from the 8th grade.

For Visiting Undergraduate students, please include your full undergraduate transcript. 

How do I upload documents after I have submitted my application?

You can upload test scores and any updated documents to your UChicago Account at any time by clicking “Upload Materials.”

Are undocumented students eligible for admission to the Summer Session?

At the University of Chicago, we are committed to creating a diverse campus community. All students who apply, regardless of citizenship are considered for admission and aid. Former President Robert J. Zimmer issued a statement confirming the University’s commitment to our members of the community with undocumented immigration status or who qualify for relief under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. You may read the entire message online and please don’t hesitate to contact us at if you have any questions or concerns.

How can I apply as a commuter student?

If you apply to an Immersion course, live in the Chicagoland area, and would like to commute, you can indicate this preference on the "Supplement page" of the application. Learn more information about commuting to campus here.

Costs & Aid for Pre-College and Visiting Undergraduate Students

What will be my total bill?

More information about your bill can be found on the Costs page. Costs can vary greatly by program and whether you are staying in housing.

Am I eligible for a scholarship or financial aid?

For Pre-College students, UChicago Summer Session awards need-based financial aid based upon an applicant’s demonstrated financial need. Students applying for such aid must complete a financial aid application as part of their admissions application so that the award determination can be included in the offer of admission. Please note that students who are admitted to a residential program, and then decide to take a remote course or commute will have their financial aid awards reassessed.  

In addition to financial aid awards, UChicago also hosts Enrichment Programs for pre-college students to explore different areas of study and learn about different disciplines, especially those that make UChicago a distinct destination for higher education. 

Visiting Undergraduate students can see more information about financial aid opportunities here.


When and how do I pay my bill?

Immersion, Pre-College Connect, RIBS, Stones and Bones, and Summer Online

  • Within one week of admittance, we require a deposit of $1,000 on the student’s UChicago Account. This payment holds a student’s place in the program and can be paid using a credit card.
  • The full balance will be due within four weeks of being admitted to Summer Session.

Summer College, Summer Language Institute, and Visiting Undergraduates

  • The Bursar's Office will issue bills to the student’s my.uchicago account at the end of June and payment will be due in mid-July, after Summer Session classes begin. 
  • Bank account and wire transfer options are available. Please see more information about payment options here.
  • Currently, the Bursar's Office is not able offer payment plans to Summer Session students.

Enrichment Programs

  • Students in Emerging World Leaders, Exploring Frontiers (CA and TX), and China Emerging Leaders will pay their program fees within one week of admittance on the student’s UChicago Account. This payment holds a student’s place in the program and can be paid using a credit card.
  • The enrollment deposit and program fees are waived for students admitted to any other Enrichment Program.

Does the program fee include health insurance?

For residential students, The University of Chicago automatically provides "blanket" accident, injury, and sickness insurance coverage for all Summer Session students. This coverage will be in addition to any primary health insurance students may already have. The cost of this insurance is included in the program fee for all in-person Summer Session programs. 

Students in remote programs will not have access to the insurance coverage. Students who are enrolled in the Enrichment Programs need to provide for their own insurance coverage while they are on campus. 

How do I withdraw from the program?

All students who have accepted their offer of admission will be registered for their course(s). If you decide to withdraw after you have sent in your confirmation form and deposit, please email us at Residential students are still responsible for the program fee if they have not officially withdrawn. 

Are my deposits refundable?

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. We are unable to refund the application fee and the $1,000 enrollment deposit if a student withdraws from a program.

Is my program fee refundable?

Depending on the program and proximity to the start date, students may be eligible for partial refunds of tuition. More information on tuition refunds is available at the Costs page. Please note that the refund does not include the $1,000 deposit.

Are Summer Session scholarships taxable?

Summer Session scholarships may be taxable. Consult with a tax professional for more information on your specific situation.