The UIC College Financial Aid program provides a variety of financial aid options to students and families who qualify.
Here are some of the most important questions to ask before you apply.
What is the UIC college financial aid program?
The College Financial Accessibility Program (CFAP) provides financial aid to UIC undergraduates who meet financial needs.
Students may apply for financial aid in one of three ways: 1.
Direct application: Complete a Direct Application for Financial Aid.
Students can also use this form to request a financial aid waiver.
Financial aid application fee waiver: Students may submit a Financial Aid Application Fee Waiver Application to the Office of Student Financial Aid (OSFA).
Application fee waiver application: If students do not provide a valid financial aid application, OSFA will review the application and provide a waiver.
If the waiver is approved, the student may apply to the College Financial Assistance Program (CFPAP).
If a student is enrolled in a four-year degree program, a UIC undergraduate may apply in any combination of the three programs.
The three programs are the Office for Financial Assistance (OSF), the Office to Support Students (OSS), and the Office on Institutional Responsibilities (OSI).
The four-programs are: Undergraduate Financial Aid, Graduate Financial Aid and Graduate and Continuing Education (CEE).
Students are responsible for meeting all of the eligibility requirements for all three programs, including financial need, as well as any applicable residency requirements.
Students who are not eligible for any of the programs may apply through the College for Financial and Personal Assistance (CFAF) program.
Students with multiple degrees and/or continuing education courses may also apply through other programs.
A student may not use the College of Financial and Financial Aid’s Application for Credit Aid or the Student Services website to request assistance from the program.
If a credit check is made, the check will be returned within 24 hours to the account owner.
If you are unable to get assistance from any of these programs, please call OSFA at (305) 899-9200 or OSFA’s financial assistance line at (805) 767-3833.
The UIM will contact you if the financial aid eligibility verification process does not complete in the allotted time.
What are the eligibility criteria for financial need?
The four programs use a different set of eligibility criteria.
Students are not required to have graduated with a degree to be eligible for financial assistance.
A graduate degree is required to qualify.
Students must have earned a degree at a post-secondary institution to be considered a financial need.
In order to be financially eligible for UIC financial aid, students must have a cumulative GPA of 3.7 or better and have completed at least 60 credits of a bachelor’s degree or equivalent, with at least 20 credits of an associate’s degree.
Students not completing a bachelor of science degree must also have a GPA of 2.7 to be included in the eligibility list.
Students do not need to have earned an associate degree to qualify for financial support, but they must be eligible to receive financial aid through the four programs.
How do I apply for help?
Students must complete an application to the UIM or the OSFA office.
The application is required for all students who qualify, but it does not require an application fee.
You can submit the application directly to the office or via email.
The applicant will have 30 days to review and respond to the application.
If an application is rejected, the applicant will be sent a confirmation email that confirms the error.
The approval process can take up to a week.
If approved, students may receive assistance in making payments for the remaining three months of their college.
The payment will be mailed directly to that student’s account.
If students are denied assistance, they will not be able to access the loan or be able use any of their funds from the loan until the assistance is approved.
Do I have to be a student to receive aid?
No, you do not have to attend UIC to receive help.
If UIC is your school, you can receive financial assistance from students enrolled in another university.
Students at another university are considered full-time students for UI.
Students also must have an approved transcript from another university, which may be available from the Office.
Do students have to have an associate of arts degree to receive assistance?
Students who hold an associate or bachelor of arts in a non-degree-granting institution must have completed a minimum of 60 credits from the four financial aid programs, or equivalent.
If one of the four academic majors is a BFA, the minimum requirement is 60 credits.
What if I don’t meet all of my financial need requirements?
You do not necessarily have to make all the financial requirements for a financial assistance program, but you will have to meet them if you want to receive the assistance.
If, for example, you have a total student loan balance of $