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For MUPP and PhD applicants

Students wishing to be considered for financial aid should submit their completed applications by January 15 for the fall semester. The Application for Graduate Appointment should be submitted to the UPP Program Office as part of the application package.

Financial aid awards through the UPP Program are available to qualified full-time, domestic students who will not be employed when beginning their graduate study. International students must be financially self-sufficient in the first year of study, and may be considered for a graduate assistantship in their second year.

Financial aid is available to MUPP and PhD students through fellowship programs and research assistantships. Most fellowships include a tuition and service fee waiver, and pay stipends of up to $15,000 per year. Research assistantships include tuition and service fee waivers and pay salaries of $600 - $1600 per month, depending on the number of required hours of service. While there are a limited amount of research assistantships available through the UPP program, many students are successful in finding assistantships at other units within CUPPA or elsewhere on campus that provide them with tuition and service fee waivers.

Financial aid assistance can also be found through the UIC Office of Student Financial Aid (OSFA). Financial assistance administered by OSFA includes the Illinois Veterans Scholarship and the Stafford Loan Program. Download the required Certification of Finances (38KB, pdf).

Scholarships for International Students

The Office of International Services provides information on scholarships for which international students are eligible. Please visit their webpage for more information.

For PhD applicants
There are various options for financing your studies. Students are encouraged to explore both the CUPPA Distinguished Graduate Scholar (DGS) Award and the UPP Departmental Scholar Award, both of which provide four years of support. Please review details about the DGS Award and the Departmental Scholar Award and contact Hazel Brown with questions. Students may also be supported by individual faculty on research grants.