Prospective Graduate Financial Assistance Questions

How much is tuition?

The Communication programs follow the standard tuition for graduate programs at UIC. Please check the Office of Admissions and Records Graduate Tuition and Fees page for updated rates and costs information.

What financial assistance is available from the UIC Communication program?

Read about the types of financial aid for graduate students at the Assistantships, Fellowships or Tuition Waivers link. 

How do I apply for financial aid?

Complete the Application for Graduate Appointment form, and submit all your application documents early (by email) so that they arrive by December 1. 

What is the amount of the current assistantship?

Assistantships normally include a tuition and partial fee waiver plus a stipend. The full-time equivalent rate for academic-year stipends changes each year but is around $30,000, and typical assistantships are for either a 25% or a 50% appointment. Add the percentage stipend to the current tuition to estimate your total support.

Where can I find information on scholarships and student loans?

The UIC Financial Aid Office is the best source for information about how to finance your studies. Drop in or make an appointment by emailFastWEB is a free way to find scholarships. U.S. citizens and permanent residents can apply for federal loans by filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. The priority deadline for fall term is March 1. Part-time students taking six credit hours can also apply. The financial aid office has information for veterans eligible for education and training benefits. 

Where do I find help to get an internship or a part- or full-time job?

UIC Career Services provides a wide range of services to graduate students, whether you seek professional growth with a current employer or want to change careers. Please review the Career Services pages for details.  

What if I need housing?

Get in touch with the University Housing Office at (312) 355-6300, or see the Campus Housing site. The Chicago Reader, a weekly, as well as the daily newspapers and Craigslist, offer extensive listings of apartment rentals, as do several commercial rental sites online.