Financial Aid Information

Graduate education is an important investment of time and money. Students have the primary responsibility for that investment and should be prepared to pay their tuition and fees if they do not receive any support or receive partial support from the College or from an external source.

The College has responsibilities as well. First, the College is responsible for providing financial support to help ensure the student body is academically talented and diverse. Second, to the extent possible, the College helps students become aware of external support that will help them finance their graduate education. Normally any financial support from the College and/or external sources meet only a portion of a student’s financial need. Therefore, individuals, before beginning the application process, should give serious thought to how they will finance their education.

For Prospective Students

Opportunities for financial support generally fall into two categories:

  1. Financial Aid: At UIC the term “financial aid” is used normally when referring to student loans and work study which are administered by the UIC Office of Student Financial Aid. Contact that office at 312-996-3126 or visit their website.
  2. Other Financial Assistance: Other financial support often is referred to as financial assistance. The Office of Admissions and Financial Aid at the College can be contacted about financial assistance by telephoning 312-996-3218.


All eligible United States citizens and permanent residents interested in being considered for JACSW financial support should submit online a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This should be done between January 1 and March 1. UIC suggests doing this by March 1. Not doing so may put you at a competitive disadvantage.

International students cannot submit the online FAFSA. They are required, however, to submit to the University the “Declaration and Certificate of Finances” form to attest they have sufficient financial resources to cover all tuition and fees and living expenses for the first year of graduate study. There is no such requirement for the second year of graduate study. Finally, all applicants and students should understand that most financial support administered by the JACSW is need or field based and requires students to be registered for 12 or more semester hours during the fall and spring semesters. There are no summer waivers.

For Admitted Students

General Information

Assistantships: The college has a very limited number of teaching and graduate assistantships that are usually related to specific concentrations. If assistantships are available, you will be notified by email.

Scholarships: Each year the number of scholarships and dollar amounts awarded are dependent on available funding. During the 2018-2019 Academic Year, 26 scholarships were awarded ranging in amounts from $500 to $4,000.

Full-Time Tuition Fee Waivers: The number of tuition fee waivers varies each year. During the 2018-2019 Academic Year, there were 25 waivers awarded for each of the fall and spring semesters. Students are allowed to receive only one tuition waiver.

PM–Extended Study students may apply for part-time tuition and fee waivers for fall and spring semesters if enrolled in eight to eleven semester hours. PM–Extended Study students enrolled in twelve or more semester hours may apply for full-time tuition waivers during fall and spring semesters.

Normally any financial support from the College and/or external sources meet only a portion of a student’s financial expenses.

Application and Selection Information

Eligibility Requirements for Making an Application:

  1. Submission of your FAFSA no later than January 13, 2019
  2. Acceptance into Jane Addams College of Social Work
  3. Confirmation of your acceptance of admission.

Selection Criteria for Awards May Include:

  1. Financial need
  2. Specific criteria established by the donor
  3. Student loan debt
  4. Special situations or circumstances that have an implication for financial need.

How to Apply

Once students have been admitted and confirmed that they are going to attend, students will be able to submit an application in the SnAP system for opportunities in the Jane Addams College of Social Work.

SnAP is the campus wide scholarship management system that is used for scholarships for UIC and Jane Addams College of Social Work admitted students. Students use this portal to view and apply for scholarships. Instructions on applying through SnAP will be given to students after they confirm their attendance at Jane Addams College of Social Work.

Have Questions?

If you have questions about financial aid for your MSW degree, please contact the college’s Office of Admissions and Financial Aid at:
Telephone: 312-996-3218

You may also contact the UIC Office of Student Financial Aid with questions concerning student loans, work study, or the FAFSA.

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