Costs for 2019-2020:
Tuition and Fees per Year
*Tuition differential varies by program. The yearly differential is $6,084 for the MArch program; $4,402 for MAD-Crit; and $5,038 for MSArch. Within each program, the differential is the same regardless of in-state versus out-of-state status.
For further details about tuition and fees for 2019-2020, please visit the UIC Office of the Registrar. Graduate students who follow a typical course schedule are in tuition range I.
School of Architecture Financial Support
The School of Architecture primarily awards two types of aid:
Tuition Waivers/Scholarships: These are typically awarded for one semester, effectively covering half of a student's costs for an academic year. A tuition waiver covers all tuition costs (including differential) and most fees for the period in which it is awarded.
Assistantships: These most often come in the form of teaching assistantships, meaning graduate students are assisting architecture faculty in undergraduate architecture courses. Teaching assistants receive a waiver for their base tuition costs and fees, and they receive a monthly stipend on top of the tuition waiver.
Every student who submits a complete application by the January priority admission deadline will automatically be given full consideration for financial support available from the School of Architecture. No separate application is required. See below for additional details.
Process: All aid is awarded on an annual basis. Students are evaluated for financial aid consideration each year. For new applicants, aid decisions are based on graduate application materials. For continuing students, decisions are based on academic performance and their overall contribution to the School. The process is the same for both domestic and international students. Most students receiving aid have half of their costs covered in a given year. The very top percentage of students may be awarded a full year of aid from the School.
How many students receive aid?: In total, approximately 40-50% of all graduate students receive some type of aid from the School each year. We tend to allocate more aid to continuing students so that we can recognize their success in the program. This means that a student's chance of receiving aid often increases as they progress in the graduate program. Additionally, teaching assistantships are typically allocated to continuing students, while new students who receive aid are more likely to receive stand-alone tuition waivers. Approximately 10-20% of all newly admitted graduate students are initially offered some type of aid upon admission.
Deadline: Applicants must apply by January 15, 2020 to be given full consideration for financial support from the School.
University/External Financial Support
The School of Architecture may nominate up to three applicants each year for this university-wide competition. The University Fellowship is granted to only a few incoming students across all disciplines at UIC who are of the highest academic standing, based heavily on GPA and academic achievement. The award provides guaranteed funding for three years of graduate study through a combination of tuition waivers and teaching assistantships. Fellows also receive a Fellowship stipend of up to $25,000 per year provided they remain in good academic standing. Only three-year MArch students are eligible for University Fellowship consideration.
Applicants must submit a complete graduate application by December 15, 2019 for University Fellowship consideration. The selected nominees will receive notification from the School in January, at which point they will be asked to complete a short application for submission to UIC's Graduate College. Fellows are typically selected by the Graduate College in late February.
Graduate College Resources:
There are resources at the University to help students navigate any potential opportunities related to scholarships and aid, but it is the responsibility of each student to actively explore all funding options. Prospective students are encouraged to supplement their potential graduate funding by searching for external scholarships (i.e., those beyond what the School or University offers). The Graduate College maintains a list of potential funding sources to get you started.
Some Architecture students pursue non-Architecture assistantship opportunities throughout the University. These positions are accompanied by the same tuition waiver and stiped as School of Architecture assistantships. Positions that are open to students in any program are listed on the UIC Job Board (under "Graduate Assistant").
UIC Office of Scholarships:
Students may also explore both internal and external scholarship opportunities through the Office of Scholarships website.
All eligible applicants and continuing students are advised to file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as it becomes available (October 1). UIC's priority deadline for the FAFSA is February 15 for the upcoming academic year. For further information, visit FAFSA.gov.
AIA Chicago Foundation Diversity Scholarship:
Deadline: March 20, 2020
This is a design scholarship established to increase diversity within the architectural profession by aiding an incoming or currently enrolled graduate student who is pursuing a NAAB-accredited degree at a Chicago-based college of architecture. Each year, a total of $10.000 will be awarded to a single graduate recipient over two years ($5,000 per year). Admitted MArch applicants who feel they may be good candidates are encouraged to apply. More information.