Tuition and Financial Aid


Tuition for the 2018-2019 academic year is $17,394 per quarter.

Mandatory fees include:

  • Student Life Fee (includes Activity Fee and Health Service Fee):
    • Autumn, Winter & Spring Quarters: $403
    • Summer Quarter: $316
  • Lifetime Transcript Fee for entering graduate students, $75
  • Student Health Insurance Plan 

Financial Aid

Full-time graduate students are eligible for financial support in the form of Research Assistantships, Teaching Assistantships, and a variety of fellowships.

All applicants to the graduate program are automatically considered for a Graduate Assistantship.

Graduate Assistantships

Assistantships are awarded based on student performance and are subject to renewal on an annual basis. The number of assistantships awarded in a given year depends on the teaching load of the department, enrollment in the department's undergraduate courses, and the availability of funds. To be considered for continuing financial support, a student must maintain an acceptable rate of progress toward completion of the M.S. or Ph.D. degrees, as determined by the student's advisory committee.

All Graduate Assistantships include:

  • automatic payment of tuition
  • payment of the University's Health Service Fee
  • payment of the University's Student Health Insurance Plan (Basic Plan)
  • and a monthly salary (minimum $2400/month).

Research Assistantships

A graduate student with support as a Research Assistant should plan to spend up to 20 hours per week assisting a faculty member in his or her research program. Typical activities involve scientific computing, data analysis, and laboratory or field work. Funding for Research Assistantships comes from external sources, primarily grants and contracts obtained by individual faculty members. Continuation of support is contingent on the student's performance as well as ongoing external funding.

Teaching Assistantships

A graduate student with support as a Teaching Assistant should plan to spend up to 20 hours per week assisting a faculty member in some aspect of an undergraduate (10000-level or 20000-level) course. The specific duties vary depending on the nature of the course and the teaching style of the faculty member. In courses which include laboratories, Teaching Assistants may be responsible for setting up and conducting the lab sections. Teaching Assistants are usually responsible for grading examinations and problem sets, and in some cases they may assist the faculty member in developing laboratory exercises, problem sets, or exams. Funding for Teaching Assistantships is provided by the Physical Sciences Division of the University of Chicago.

Department Awarded Fellowships

Each year the Department awards a select number of incoming graduate students with a McCormick Fellowship, in addition to their Graduate Assistantship. This is a prestigious award, and the selection process is highly competitive. The current award amount is $4,500/year for 2 years.

Additional Funding: Fellowships and/or Loans

The University of Chicago has various other fellowship and loan options for graduate students. We recommend that you check The University of Chicago: Prospective Students Gateway to learn more about financial aid opportunities.