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Financial Aid and Scholarships

International and non-citizen students are not eligible to receive federal or state financial aid. However, students may qualify for other types of financial aid and/or scholarships.

The DREAM Scholarship Committee is a group of student leaders, alumni and staff from various campus-based organizations at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). The committee's goal is to support students who have earned their high school degree, but often encountered road blocks when pursuing a post-secondary education. The biggest obstacle is financial need due to their inability to qualify for federal and state financial aid. Since the fall of 2009, the DREAM Gala Committee has raised funds in attempt to award scholarships to UIC students who are dedicated to furthering their education. University President Statement in favor of the DREAM Act


Scholarships and Resources for Undocumented Students 2014

The UIC Office of Special Scholarship Programs (OSSP) supports students through the process of applying for nationally competitive scholarships. OSSP maintains a library of national scholarships and eligibility information. Non-citizen students are not eligible to receive federal or state financial aid. However, students may qualify for other types of financial aid and/or scholarships.

The Chicago Army ROTC program awards scholarships to qualified students interested in serving as Army officers after completing their baccalaureate degree.

The Scholarship Association for UIC administers campus based scholarship programs for current UIC students.

All students should investigate outside scholarship options. The Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF) and the Tomás Rivera Policy Institute (TRPI) have compiled lists of scholarship opportunities that do not have immigration requirements. FastWeb.com is another external source of scholarship information for citizens and non-citizens.

U.S. citizens and permanent residents must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be eligible for financial aid consideration. Learn about the aid process at UIC and types of available aid.

A list of contact information for college specific financial aid counselors is available on the Office of Student Financial Aid website.