Financing Your Education

The College of Nursing is part of the University of Illinois and follows institutional guidelines including those related so student tuition and fees. To aid students in achieving their educational goals, the University offers students a variety of funding options. Prospective and current students are encouraged to explore this site as well as to visit the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Office of Financial Aid in person at the Student Services building at 1200 W. Harrison St. or online.


Graduate Tuition

MS, GEMS, Post Master’s Certificate, BSN-DNP, PhD

Graduate tuition for the MS, GEMS, BSN to DNP and PhD programs can be found at the Office of Admission and Records.  Nursing tuition includes base tuition, differential and applicable fees and assessments.

* The rates found on this site are for the Chicago campus only and students on other campuses may have variances in rates. Consult the campus manager for additional details.

MS to DNP, non-Post Master’s Certificate

MS to DNP, certain certificate programs and online programs charge e-tuition instead of the range tuition listed. The current e-tuition rate can be found at the Office of Admissions and Records. Students in e-tuition programs are not eligible for University health insurance nor can they use the University’s health centers.

Undergraduate Tuition


Detailed tuition information can be found at the Office of Admission and Records.

* The rates found on this site are for the Chicago campus only and students on other campuses may have variances in rates. Consult the campus manager for additional details.

RN to BSN Completion Program

The online RN to BSN program charges e-tuition. Detailed tuition information can be found on the School of Continuing Studies website.

Finances and Funding

Most funding available to University of Illinois at Chicago students is offered through the Office of Financial Aid by public and private loans. 

Federal Financial Aid

If you are interested in applying for financial aid at the UIC, you should file the current Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible. Applications become available each year in late December. Electronic applications can be obtained online and paper applications can be obtained from the UIC’s Office of Financial Aid.  The Federal Financial Aid Code for the University of Illinois at Chicago is 001776.


The College of Nursing encourages students to take full advantage of all scholarship opportunities available both internally and externally. Specifically, the CON provides financial support to undergraduate and graduate students in the form of scholarships from many generous donors at varied levels and varying lengths throughout each year. Click here for a list of the CON's current scholarship opportunities. Awarding of scholarships is made each academic year and new and continuing students can apply for support by submitting a scholarship application each spring. Students fill out one application and are matched to the best available funding. Students are encouraged to visit the CON Scholarship Blog to explore potential additional opportunities and for additional scholarship inquiries email


March 1st of each year is the deadline for all current and prospective students to complete the College of Nursing Scholarship Application.


Review Process

Scholarship applications are evaluated on the basis of academic achievement, financial need and leadership/service experience.  The process is extremely competitive. Additionally, students applying for support are required to file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form with the UIC Office of Financial Aid and to submit a copy of their Student Aid Report (SAR) with their scholarship application. Notification of awards will be communicated to students one to two months prior to each new academic year.

Additional Resources

External Scholarship Resources

Assistantships – Teaching / Research / Graduate

Assistantships are awarded by individual faculty members and academic departments. Stipends vary based on the percent of time appointed. Appointments between 25% and 67% receive a base tuition and service fee waiver. Students interested in a College of Nursing assistantship should check with their Academic Advisor and their specific department. Assistantships are also advertised within the CON for other areas.

RA/TA/GA positions do not always cover the nursing differential. Please check with your supervisor to see exactly what is covered.

Effective January 1, 2002, the University adopted an Educational Assistance Plan which complies with the Internal Revenue Code Section 127. It excludes the value of graduate-level tuition waivers from taxable income up to $5,250 per year.

Graduate Student Research Fellowships

Training opportunities for pre- and post- doctoral students are also available. Stipends, tuition waivers, benefits, etc. vary by program. Visit each web site for more information and how to apply.

  • Biobehavioral Nursing Research Training Grant (pre- & post- doctoral)
  • Primary Health Care Training Grant (pre- & post- doctoral)
  • Minority International Research Training (undergraduate)
  • AIDS International Training in Research Program (pre- & post- doctoral)
  • Disparities in Underserved Populations (pre & post-doctoral)
  • UIC Institute on Disability and Human Development: LEND
  • Interdisciplinary Training Program (Graduate)

Gertrude E. Skelly Charitable Foundation Emergency Fund

Undergraduate and graduate nursing students (full- and part- time) who are unexpectedly faced with a financial emergency beyond their control which would put their education at risk, can apply for emergency assistance. Applications are reviewed on an as-needed basis.For questions, please email: