Annual Costs

Undergraduate Tuition

University of Illinois at Chicago tuition is $10,584 per year for in-state residents. This is 47% more expensive than the national average public four year tuition of $7,203. The cost is 58% cheaper than the average Illinois tuition of $25,344 for 4 year colleges. Tuition ranks 13th in Illinois amongst 4 year colleges for affordability and is the 59th most expensive 4 year college in the state. If attending from out-of-state, the tuition is $23,800 which represents a 125% premium.

The school charges an additional fees of $3,180 in addition to tuition bringing the total effective in-state tuition to $13,764.

Housing Costs

On campus room and board is provided by the school at a cost of $12,074 per academic year. Students electing to live off campus elsewhere in Chicago should budget at least this amount.

Books and Supplies

The estimated annual cost for books and supplies is $1,400.

Other Living Expenses

If living on-campus, students should budget for $3,628 in additional living expenses. Off-campus students should budget for $3,628 in other miscellaneous living expenses.

Total Costs

The total tuition and living expense budget for in-state Illinois residents to go to UIC is $30,866 for the 2018/2019 academic year. Out-of-state students who don't have Illinois residence can expect a one year cost of $44,082.

Citation: Price data from the U.S. Department of Education's 2018-2019 and 2017-2018 IPEDS survey response for University of Illinois at Chicago and represent reported costs for the 2016-2017 and 2015-2016 academic years.

Costs and Tuition for University of Illinois at Chicago
Estimated Budgets
Illinois Resident Total Budget $30,866
   In-State Tuition$10,584
   Other Fees$3,180
   Room and Board$12,074
   On-Campus Other Budget$3,628
   Books and Supplies$1,400
Non-Resident Total Budget $44,082
   Out-of-State Tuition$23,800
   Other Fees$3,180
   Room and Board$12,074
   On-Campus Other Budget$3,628
   Books and Supplies$1,400


What it Really Costs

Depending on many factors including student and parent income and assets, the total cost of attendance may be less than the $30,866 published price if scholarship or grant aid is made available to you.

Net Price

The net out-of-pocket total cost you end up paying or financing though student loans is known as the net price. The reported UIC net price for in-state students is $11,884* for the 2014/2015 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

71% of University of Illinois at Chicago students received grant aid in 2014/2015. The average total aid amount was $13,415. 59 percent of students received aid in the form of Pell Grants from the U.S. Federal Government. The average Pell Grant awarded for 2014/2015 was $4,828. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend University of Illinois at Chicago, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Net Price and Financial Aid for University of Illinois at Chicago
Financial Aid Summary
Average Annual Net Price$11,884*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid71%
Average Total Grant Aid$13,415
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants59%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$4,828

Average Net Price for In-State Students by Family Income

The average net total cost of attendance for different levels of family income after federal, state or local government, institutional grant and scholarship aid are awarded. Data last published for the 2014/2015 academic year.

Family Income Avg. Net Price
$0 to $30,000$10,182
$30,001 to $48,000$11,190
$48,001 to $75,000$14,874
$75,001 to $110,000$22,268

Average Financial Aid Mix - $30,866 In-State Total Cost

CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $30,866. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.


Grants and Scholarships

 49% - $13,415

Money granted to you by the U.S. Department of Education, University of Illinois at Chicago or other organizations. These are not loans and do not need to be repaid.

Federal Loans

 18% - $4,916

Low interest student loans funded by the U.S. Department of Education. This amount will need to be repaid.

Out of Pocket

 33% -  $8,907

Covered by family savings, work or private student loans which you will have to repay.

*Reported Average Annual Net Price for in state students receiving grant or scholarship aid reported to the U.S. Department of Education's Academic Year 2014-2015 IPEDS Survey. Financial aid is only available to those who qualify. Consult this school's net price calculator for further understanding of your potential net price.

Note that for colleges with no reported on-campus room and board, the average net price has been increased to account for living expenses. This number may not only reflect the net price paid to the school for tuition.

Tuition Comparison to Similar Public Colleges in the Region

School Cost vs. University of Illinois at Chicago
Illinois State University8.9% more expensive
Grand Valley State University18% more expensive
Eastern Illinois University16.1% less expensive
University of Michigan Dearborn14.8% more expensive
University of Northern Iowa27.6% less expensive

Cost of a Degree

When considering ability to pay for college, the annual cost is often discussed but it's the "all in" multi-year degree cost which matters in the end. Let's take a look at what it could really cost for four years at University of Illinois at Chicago.

Estimated 4 Year Cost at Published Tuition

At the current published rates, an estimated total tuition, fees and living expense price for a 4 year bachelor's degree at UIC is $123,464 for students graduating in normal time. This methodology for estimating the 4 year cost is a straight multiple of the most recent reported annual total cost and does not factor in tuition increases during the time you're in school. It also assumes you receive no grant or scholarship aid and pay the full list price.

A potentially more accurate but less conservative estimate of a degree cost can be made by using the school's annual $8,697 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 4 would estimate the cost of a degree at $34,788**

If you end up on the "five year plan" and need an additional year to graduate, your five year cost could be as high as $154,330 or $43,485 using an average net price.

**Based on a 4 year multiple of Average Annual Net Price for in state students receiving grant or scholarship aid reported to the U.S. Department of Education's 2014-2015 IPEDS Survey. Financial aid is only available to those who qualify. Consult this school's net price calculator for further understanding of your potential net price.

Other Costs

Estimated Cost Per Semester

Most colleges don't charge students on an annual basis but instead require payment semester by semester. If you ever need to take an additional semester of classes to complete you degree you shouldn't have to pay for a full academic year. These our estimated costs for a semester at University of Illinois at Chicago.

Illinois Resident Tuition Per Semester$5,292
Illinois Resident Total Cost Per Semester$15,433
Non-Illinois Resident Tuition Per Semester$11,900
Non-Illinois Resident Total Cost Per Semester$22,041

Cost Per Credit Hour and Cost for a Class

Some schools offer the ability to take single classes by paying on a per credit hour basis. The reported price per credit hour and estimated cost for one class at University of Illinois at Chicago are as follows. Per credit costs are for reference only as many schools will not allow students to pay by credit hour.

Cost per credit hour and per class at University of Illinois at Chicago
Price per credit hour for Illinois residents$466
Cost for one class for Illinois residents (3 credit hours)$1,398
Price per credit hour for out of state residents$794
Cost for one class for out of state residents (3 credit hours)$2,382
Cost for one class for out of state residents (4 credit hours)$3,176


Student Loans and Debt

The second consideration after understanding the cost of college is determining how to finance it. Some students are fortunate enough to have some form of family financial assistance, but student loans end up financing a significant portion of higher education in the U.S. 40% of University of Illinois at Chicago students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $4,916. The reported average student debt upon graduation is $20,207.

Example Loan Payments and Costs

How much are student loan payments for University of Illinois at Chicago? Obviously this varies based on a number of factors - offsetting financial aid you receive, percentage of fee you pay upfront while enrolled and the interest rate on your loans. We've modeled a sample student loan based on current Stafford loan rates to give you an approximate idea.

The following are the costs for a loan if you borrowed $34,788, 100% of the estimated average net price for a four year program and paid nothing while enrolled. The total of all payments including interest would sum $43,163.93. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at University of Illinois at Chicago. Note that this calculation assumes you don't pay full list price tuition, are part of the reported 71% of students at this school who receive financial aid and you are paying an average annual net price of $8,697. If you do not financially qualify for a reduced net price, your student loan payments could be significantly higher than this example. Use our University of Illinois at Chicago student loan calculator below to change loan assumptions and recalculate.

Student loans are not free money and must be repaid. You cannot dismiss student loans by via bankruptcy.

University of Illinois at Chicago Student Loan Payments
Example Payments
Monthly Loan Payment$359.70
Amount Borrowed$34,788.00
Interest Rate4.5%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$8,375.93
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$43,163.93

Affording Student Loan Payments and Post Graduation Salary

Can I afford to attend UIC? In the end, the answer comes down a determination if you will earn enough to comfortably pay back a student loan with your post graduation salary. This is an extremely important point to consider. In order to afford student loan payments and still meet all your other costs of living, it is recommended not to borrow more than you can pay back using 10% of your monthly income earned after graduation. If you're considering attending University of Illinois at Chicago, you need to carefully consider if it will be realistic to make the post graduation loan payments based on your expected salary.

Using the 10% of salary threshold, an annual income of $43,163.93 would be needed to afford a $359.70 monthly payment in the example $34,788.00 loan modeled above. You will need to determine if it is at all realistic that you will be earning this type of salary after graduation. This assumes a loan payback over 10 years. You can change the terms of this example loan using the student loan calculator below.

Estimated Future Cost and Expected Tuition Increase

What will it cost to send your child to University of Illinois at Chicago in the future? In the past four years, this school's published in-state tuition and fee total rose from $10,232 to $10,584. This amounts to an average annual price increase of 0.7%. Nationally, university tuition prices are rising around 5% per year. Looking out five, ten, fifteen or eighteen years, these are CollegeCalc's estimates how much you could expect to pay for a 4 year degree assuming tuition increases at the national average rate. Estimated future prices are based on the current in-state 4 year cost of $123,464.00. Use the college savings plan calculator below to perform a more comprehensive analysis on future costs and how much you will need to save for University of Illinois at Chicago.

Annual4 Year Degree
Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2025$42,448$169,792
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2030$54,176$216,702
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2035 $69,143$276,573
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2038 $80,042$320,168

Tuition History

What was tuition at UIC five, ten, fifteen or twenty years ago? Hop into our time machine and take a look. Pay attention to how aggressive the school has been with price increases in the past as it provides indication as to how the school may raise tuition in the next few years. Historical tuition and fees for all available data years back to 1987 follows.

YearIn-StateOut-of-stateAnnual Increase
2012$9,879$22,172 8.2%
2011$9,133$21,460 -24.1%
2010$12,034$24,424 2.7%
2009$11,716$24,106 11.1%
2008$10,546$22,936 8.3%
2007$9,742$22,132 14.6%
2006$8,498$20,888 8.6%
2005$7,824$19,072 12.4%
2004$6,958$16,654 5.6%
2003$6,592$13,920 17.3%
2002$5,620$12,280 17.1%
2001$4,800$11,264 3.3%
2000$4,648$10,924 3.3%
1999$4,498$10,590 3.2%
1998$4,358$10,270 4.1%
1997$4,188$9,532 5.4%
1996$3,974$9,148 7.5%
1995$3,698$8,548 7.5%
1994$3,439$7,891 2%
1993$3,371$7,823 9.6%
1992$3,077$7,069 5.6%
1991$2,913$6,699 2.1%
1990$2,853$6,639 1.2%
1989$2,820$6,606 13.9%
1988$2,475$5,888 9.4%

Comparable Cost for Popular Majors

We've compared the out of state cost of the most popular undergraduate areas of study at University of Illinois at Chicago to the national average for all other colleges offering the same major. Use this comparison to determine particular programs where this school offers value relative to other colleges.

Area of Study Graduates vs National Avg
Biology/Biological Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 314 9% costlier
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Bachelor's Degree 169 23% costlier
Accounting Bachelor's Degree 152 19% costlier
Kinesiology and Exercise Science Bachelor's Degree 142 15% costlier
Mechanical Engineering Bachelor's Degree 79 4% costlier
Elementary Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree 72 24% costlier
Electrical and Electronics Engineering Bachelor's Degree 70 5% costlier
Architecture and Related Services, Other Bachelor's Degree 68 9% cheaper
Civil Engineering, General Bachelor's Degree 64 4% costlier
Computer Science Bachelor's Degree 48 5% costlier
Biochemistry Bachelor's Degree 47 5% cheaper
Neuroscience Bachelor's Degree 43 23% cheaper
Chemical Engineering Bachelor's Degree 40 4% cheaper
Graphic Design Bachelor's Degree 40 9% costlier
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering Bachelor's Degree 39 14% cheaper
Information Science/Studies Bachelor's Degree 32 13% costlier
Computer Engineering, General Bachelor's Degree 31 4% costlier
Urban Studies/Affairs Bachelor's Degree 27 6% cheaper
English/Language Arts Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 27 26% costlier
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies Bachelor's Degree 26 30% costlier
History Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 24 27% costlier
Industrial and Product Design Bachelor's Degree 23 1% cheaper
Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies Bachelor's Degree 22 10% costlier
Health Information/Medical Records Administration/Administrator Bachelor's Degree 21 38% costlier
Industrial Engineering Bachelor's Degree 19 9% costlier
Fine/Studio Arts, General Bachelor's Degree 17 2% costlier
Dietetics/Dietitian Bachelor's Degree 16 21% costlier
Cinematography and Film/Video Production Bachelor's Degree 16 3% costlier
Psychology, General Bachelor's Degree 15 9% costlier
Spanish Language Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 13 22% costlier
Sociology Bachelor's Degree 13 7% costlier
Art History, Criticism and Conservation Bachelor's Degree 13 10% cheaper
Geology/Earth Science, General Bachelor's Degree 13 6% costlier
Mathematics Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 13 25% costlier
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General Bachelor's Degree 13 4% costlier
Art Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 9 21% costlier
Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies, Other Bachelor's Degree 9 10% cheaper
Economics, General Bachelor's Degree 9 2% cheaper
Political Science and Government, General Bachelor's Degree 8 6% costlier
Photography Bachelor's Degree 8 2% cheaper
Spanish Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 8 2% costlier
Business Administration and Management, General Bachelor's Degree 8 28% costlier
Latin American Studies Bachelor's Degree 7 17% cheaper
Music, General Bachelor's Degree 7 7% costlier
Physics, General Bachelor's Degree 7 0% costlier
Design and Applied Arts, Other Bachelor's Degree 6 3% costlier
Dramatic/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft, Other Bachelor's Degree 6 10% costlier
Philosophy Bachelor's Degree 6 2% cheaper
Communication, General Bachelor's Degree 5 14% costlier
Classical, Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies and Archaeology Bachelor's Degree 5 25% cheaper
English Language and Literature, General Bachelor's Degree 4 10% costlier
German Studies Bachelor's Degree 3 21% cheaper
History, General Bachelor's Degree 3 8% costlier
Mathematics and Computer Science Bachelor's Degree 3 8% cheaper
Anthropology Bachelor's Degree 3 2% cheaper
Italian Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 2 15% cheaper
Chemistry, General Bachelor's Degree 2 6% costlier
Engineering/Industrial Management Bachelor's Degree 2 12% costlier
Marketing/Marketing Management, General Bachelor's Degree 2 21% costlier
African-American/Black Studies Bachelor's Degree 2 6% cheaper
Statistics, General Bachelor's Degree 2 2% cheaper
Chemistry Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 2 23% costlier
Management Science Bachelor's Degree 1 6% costlier
Russian Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 1 16% cheaper
Mathematics, General Bachelor's Degree 1 7% costlier
German Language Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 1 18% costlier
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics Bachelor's Degree 1 17% cheaper
Physics Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 1 22% costlier
Finance, General Bachelor's Degree 1 18% costlier
French Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 1 4% cheaper


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About University of Illinois at Chicago

University of Illinois at Chicago is a four year public college located in Chicago, Illinois.  Full time enrollment is 27,117 and part time is 4,566. Learn more about getting accepted at University of Illinois at Chicago at CollegeSimply.

Students attending this school may pursue both undergraduate and graduate degrees.

University of Illinois at Chicago
601 S Morgan
Chicago, Illinois

For Profit / Not For Profit Status

University of Illinois at Chicago is a public not for profit institution. Public schools often represent the best value for your education dollar, especially when students qualify for in-state tuition.

University of Illinois at Chicago cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=145600 IPEDS survey data.