Cost of Attendance (COA)
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Estimated Variable Expenses
- Books and Supplies
- Room and Board
- Miscellaneous Personal Expenses
- Step 1 exam cost (second-year aid notification). Click here for current exam costs.
- Step 2 exam cost (third-year aid notification). Click here for current exam costs.
The total COA is not the amount you owe the university for the year. Some items in your COA are estimated indirect variable costs not owed to the university. Please note that an average federal loan fee will be added to your COA for those that borrow a Federal Direct Loan and a Federal Grad Plus Loan. The amount of the loan fee(s) added will depend on the type of loan borrowed.
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|COA Components||Chicago||Peoria & Rockford|
|Housing & Food Off-Campus*||$22,200||$18,600|
|Housing & Food On-Campus*||$23,400||N/A|
|Books and Supplies||$2,100||$2,100|
|Graduate PLUS Loan Fees||$1,200||$1,200|
|Stafford Loan Fees||$400||$400|
|Resident Off-Campus Total:||$85,696||$82,096|
|Resident On-Campus Total:||$87,908||N/A|
|Non-Resident Off-Campus Total:||$119,596||$115,996|
|Non-Resident On-Campus Total:||$121,996||N/A|
|*Housing & Food Monthly Breakdown:
Chicago Off-Campus: $1,850/Month ($1,400-Housing, $450-Food)
Chicago On-Campus: $1,950/Month ($1,500-Housing, $450-Food)
Peoria & Rockford: $1,550/Month ($1,100-Housing, $450-Food)
Financial Aid Notification:
Initial Financial Aid Notifications for prospective/new students will be sent in March prior to the start of your M1 year via the student portal. This will include aid for the Fall and Spring Semesters. Summer aid will be added to the Financial Aid Notification in spring of each academic year.
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Projected Overall COA for First Year Students
**International students Heading link
**International students should visit the UICOIS – UIC Office of International Services webpage for additional information and resources. Please note that the UICOM Financial Aid office offers no federal loans to international students.
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Undocumented students are not eligible to receive federal or state financial aid. Please find a list of resources here:
International students are not eligible to receive federal or state financial aid. Please find a list of resources here:
If you receive any type of funding (awards, grants, waivers, fellowships, scholarships, or tuition reimbursements), you must notify our office as soon as possible. Your aid package will be updated to reflect the outside award. Your loan amounts may be adjusted to remain within the COA budget constraints. Please note, you cannot receive more than one full-tuition award for any term.
NOTE: If an award is credited to your account before we can adjust your financial aid package, you will be expected to return any amount of financial aid you are not eligible to receive, even if you have already received a refund.
Paying Your Bill
Your university bill is managed by the University Bursar’s Office. You are responsible for reviewing your student account and making sure your bill is paid each semester by the Bursar’s published due dates. Visit the University Bursar homepage to find out more information about the following: billing, payments, due dates, refunds, UIC financial counselor (Entrance and Exit Interviews), 1098-T tax information, payment plans, and the new student checklist.
In addition to the standard budget components, certain adjustments can be made to a student’s COA on a case-by-case basis. Students with extenuating circumstances may submit a request for budget adjustment for allowable expenses.
- Child Care Costs
- Laptop Purchase (for educational use)
- Unusually High Medical/Dental expenses
- Car Repair / Auto Insurance
- Residency Interview Travel Costs (fourth-year students only)
The federal government stipulates that some expenses cannot be included in a student’s budget, regardless of the circumstances.
- Automobile Payments/Purchase
- Consumer Debt
- Off Campus Clerkships and Electives
- Clinical Rotations Off Campus in the US or Abroad
- Moving Expenses / Site Relocation Expenses
- Spousal Insurance
- Travel Relocation
- USMLE Review Courses