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Tuition and Fees

Tuition, fees, and other charges for the 2017–2018 academic year are as follows.

Application Fee

Domestic:  $75

Foreign:  $75

This fee must accompany the original application for admission. No part of the fee is either refundable or applicable as advance payment on other fees.

Quarterly Tuition Fees

For M.A. students:
Full Time Residence: $12,652
Half Time Residence: $6,326

For Ph.D. students: 
Years 1-4: $17,333
Years 5-12: $6,836
Pro Forma: $357

For M.Div. students:
Full Time Residence: $11,382
Half Time Residence: $5,691
Fourth year: $881

For A.M.R.S. and Divinity Student at-Large students:
One course: $4,217
Two courses: $6,326
Three courses: $12,652

Notes

  1. All students in a degree program, including those preparing for the qualifying examination or writing a dissertation, must be registered in at least three of the four quarters of the academic year.
  2. In addition to those classes for which she or he has registered, a student may audit classes without charge, subject to the consent of the instructor. Audited courses do not carry credit and are not made part of the student’s permanent academic record.
  3. No tuition is assessed when a student has been granted an official Leave of Absence.
  4. MDiv students may be granted a fourth year of residence at the discretion of the Dean of Students.

Other Fees

  • Student Life Fee (quarterly)   $388
  • Summer Student Life Fee  $305
  • Dependent Life Fee (quarterly)  $305
  • Foreign Language Reading Examination Fee $70
  • Late Registration Fee (prior quarter) $250
  • Late Registration Fee (current quarter)   $100
  • Late Payment Fee (assessed once per quarter) $150
  • Degree Application Cancellation Fee   $50
  • Pro Forma Registration Fee (quarterly) $357
  • Lifetime Transcript Fee (entering students only) $75

Health Insurance 

University Student Health and Counseling Services coordinates plan information for the University Student Health Insurance Plan (U-SHIP). The plan year runs from September 1 to August 31, though the full year of coverage is, under normal circumstances, billed in three quarterly installments in Autumn, Winter, and Spring. Please visit https://wellness.uchicago.edu/page/student-health-insurance for more information. Quarterly plan rates for the 2017-18 academic year are as follows.

  • Basic Health Insurance (student only) $1,324                       
  • Student +Spouse/Partner $2,648                                         
  • Student +1 Dependent  $2,648                                                     
  • Student +2 Dependents $3,955                                            
  • Student +Spouse/Partner and 2 or More Dependents $5,261    

Tuition Refund Schedule

A student who is given approval to withdraw part or all of her or his registration shall be granted a reduction of a portion of the original charge in accordance with the schedule published by the Bursar’s office (see http://bursar.uchicago.edu/tuition-refund-schedule). Approval of withdrawal, with the date it becomes effective, must be certified by the Dean of Students in the Divinity School. 

Estimate of Expenses

Living expenses will vary for each student in the Divinity School according to both individual programs and circumstances and the current cost of living. Single students should budget at least $7,714 per quarter, including fees, books and supplies, and room and board, but not including health insurance. This estimate is based upon the experience of a number of current students and should be regarded as a minimum amount. 

Financing Your Divinity School Education

The Divinity School shares the broader University’s commitment to making graduate education accessible and supportable for students from all economic backgrounds, and we make every effort to aid admitted students who seek financial assistance in support of their studies. Most Divinity School students finance their degree programs through some combination of personal savings, family contributions, student loans, scholarships and fellowships, and part-time employment. Graduate education represents a significant mutual investment—of the student in the work and life of the School, and of the School in the work and life of the student—and we encourage prospective students to explore multiple avenues of financial support as they approach the application process

Divinity School Scholarship Aid

Divinity School scholarship aid awards are made based on academic merit and range from partial tuition scholarships to stipendiary fellowships. Divinity School scholarships do not require an application separate from the application for admission, and all applicants, irrespective of citizenship, are eligible for award consideration. The Committee on Admissions and Aid seeks to provide continuing support at a level consistent with the student’s academic performance and scholarship aid eligibility. The Committee makes awards on the basis of full-time academic residence unless otherwise specified in the admissions application. If a student registers for part-time residence, the amount of the award will be reassessed at the time of registration. Only degree-seeking students (in the A.M.R.S., M.A., M.Div., and Ph.D. programs) are eligible for Divinity School scholarship aid. 

Ph.D. Students

All PhD students admitted to the Divinity School in every area of doctoral study receive a five-year University of Chicago Fellowship comprising full tuition support, a $25,000/year living stipend (disbursed as a combination of direct stipend pay and teaching remuneration), two summer research stipends of $3,000 each, and individual insurance coverage through the University Student Health Insurance Plan (U-SHIP). Students who pass the doctoral qualifying examination by the end of their fourth year of study are eligible to receive a third summer research stipend ($3,000), and students who are admitted to candidacy (by successful defense of the dissertation proposal) by the end of their fifth year of study are eligible to receive a fourth summer research stipend ($3,000) and continuing U-SHIP coverage through the sixth and seventh years of study, if necessary.

Admission to the Divinity School’s PhD program reflects the faculty’s judgment that a student shows exceptional promise for scholarship and teaching in her or his field of study; this fellowship package from the University is intended to allow each doctoral student to place full attention on her or his course of study, research, and professionalization, and to make timely progress through the program.

Beyond the fifth year of study, there are also a wealth of fellowship opportunities, both internal to the University and not, for students who have been admitted to candidacy and seek financial support for dissertation research and writing. These include (internally) Martin Marty Center Junior Dissertation Fellowships; the Provost’s, Harper, and Mellon fellowships; and (externally), e.g., the Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships (see additional information about external fellowship opportunities below). 

M.Div. students

MDiv students who request scholarship support will be considered for various forms of Divinity School scholarship gift aid. The Committee on Admissions and Aid makes offers of scholarship aid at the time of the admissions decision and on the basis of academic merit and promise in public religious leadership. Available scholarships and fellowships include the following:

1. Entering Ministry Scholarships and Fellowships.

  • The Schloerb Entering Ministry Fellowship is awarded to one or two entering MDiv students each year and provides full tuition plus a $4,000-$10,000/year stipend for three academic years.
  • The Elsa Marty Entering Ministry Fellowship is awarded to one entering MDiv student each year and provides full tuition plus a $4,000/year stipend for three academic years.
  • The Divinity School Fellowship in Public Religious Leadership is awarded to one entering MDiv student each year and provides full tuition plus a $4,000/year stipend for three academic years.
  • University of Chicago Divinity School Dean’s Scholarships provide full tuition for three academic years.
  • Divinity School Scholarships provide partial tuition aid ranging from 25% to 80% of total tuition costs.

2. Supplemental scholarship aid for second- and third-year field education assignments.

  • Field education stipends of $2,000 per quarter are provided to all second-year MDiv students participating in the Arts of Ministry sequence and serving a congregation or religious community.
  • Fieldwork stipends of $1,500 support the completion of the final fieldwork placement (usually in the program’s third year). When such placement requires a registration fee (e.g., for Clinical Pastoral Education), the Divinity School subsidizes such a charge up to $500. This assistance is provided to all MDiv students in the third or final year of their program.
  • The International Ministry Study Grant program provides funding for first- or second-year University of Chicago MDiv students to study an issue or aspect of ministerial practice in an international cultural context. Applications are due December 1 for travel to be completed during the following summer. For more information about this program, including application procedures, contact Cynthia Lindner, Director of Ministry Studies, at clindner@uchicago.edu.

M.A. students

MA students who request consideration for scholarship aid are eligible for awards ranging from partial tuition scholarships to stipendiary fellowships. Awards are determined by the Committee on Admissions and Aid and are offered at the time of admission. No supplemental application form is required in order to be considered for these awards; interested applicants need only answer “Yes” to the question about scholarship aid on the online application’s Financial Data section. MA students are eligible for scholarship aid for the equivalent of two years of full-time study, pending satisfactory academic progress.

  • The Divinity School Visiting Committee Fellowship is awarded to one exemplary admitted MA student, provides full tuition plus a $12,000/year stipend, and is funded by generous gifts from members of the Divinity School’s Visiting Committee.
  • The Regenstein Fellowship is awarded to one exemplary admitted MA student with scholarly interest and background in Jewish Studies (Hebrew Bible, History of Judaism). The award provides full tuition plus a $12,000/year stipend and is funded by a generous gift from the Regenstein family.
  • The Daniel T. Carroll Fellowship is awarded to an incoming MA student who, in the judgment of the faculty, shows outstanding promise for graduate work in the academic study of religion. The fellowship provides full tuition plus a $10,000/year stipend.
  • The Phelps Wilder Memorial Fellowship is awarded to an incoming student who, in the judgment of the faculty, shows outstanding promise for graduate study in the field of religion. The award provides full tuition and a $10,000/year stipend.
  • The Richard and Sylvia Kaufman Fellowship is awarded to an incoming student who shows exemplary promise for scholarship in Jewish Studies (History of Judaism). The fellowship provides full tuition plus a $12,000/year stipend and is made possible by a gift in honor of Paul Mendes-Flohr, Dorothy Grant Maclear Professor of Modern Jewish History and Thought
  • University of Chicago Divinity School Dean’s Scholarships provide full tuition for two academic years.
  • Divinity School Scholarships provide partial tuition awards ranging from 25% to 80% of tuition for two academic years.

A.M.R.S. students

AMRS students who request consideration for scholarship aid are eligible for Divinity School Scholarships, which are partial tuition awards ranging from 25% to 80% of tuition costs. Awards are applied as a percentage of students’ quarterly tuition costs up to the nine courses required for the degree. 

Outside Aid
Divinity School students are strongly encouraged to apply for financial assistance from sources external to the Divinity School. In fairness to all applicants for Divinity School scholarship aid, the Committee on Admissions and Aid requires that persons winning external awards report them promptly; that said, adjustments in such persons’ Divinity School scholarship aid are made only in cases where the outside award substantially reduces the student’s level of financial need relative to the total estimated cost of attendance. Most outside awards are, in fact, more modest and may be used to supplement Divinity School scholarship aid awards.

For more information, students should consult UChicagoGrad’s Fellowships website (http://grad.uchicago.edu/fellowships), which includes a keyword searchable database of fellowship opportunities. The following fellowships are among the most prestigious and remunerative outside awards:

  • Title VI or Foreign Language Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships are available for graduate study in critical languages and related area studies. Only US citizens or persons actively seeking citizenship are eligible. Application is made through the University, and forms are available at the beginning of the Winter Quarter from the Dean of Students in the Divinity School.
  • The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation offers a range of fellowship programs for graduate study, including Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowships (see http://www.acls.org/programs/dcf/). Visit https://mellon.org/programs/higher-education-and-scholarship-humanities/fellowships/ for more information.
  • Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships support the last full year of research and writing for outstanding doctoral students whose dissertations focus on ethical or religious values and the way those values govern the choices made by people and societies. Visit http://www.woodrow.org/fellowships/newcombe for further information, including eligibility requirements and competition deadlines.
  • Disciples Divinity House Scholarships offer tuition, housing, and/or stipendiary support for qualified members of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) who are pursuing degreed study in the University of Chicago Divinity School. These scholarships are renewable annually through the time normally required for degree completion. Visit http://ddh.uchicago.edu/admissions/becoming-scholar.shtml for more information.
  • Ford Foundation Diversity Fellowships are available on a competitive basis to US citizens, nationals, permanent residents, or individuals granted deferred action status under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Both predoctoral and dissertation fellowships are available to support graduate research in the behavioral and social sciences, the humanities (including religious studies), and certain other fields. Visit http://sites.nationalacademies.org/pga/fordfellowships/index.htm for more information.
  • The Forum for Theological Exploration (FTE) offers several fellowship programs of interest to both PhD and MDiv students. Visit http://fteleaders.org/grants-fellowships for available fellowship programs, eligibility information, and application deadlines.
  • International students are encouraged to explore appropriate funding opportunities, such as Fulbright-Hays (https://eca.state.gov/fulbright/fulbright-programs/program-details-country); DAAD (https://www.daad.de/der-daad/de/); and SSHRC (Canada Council; http://www.sshrc-crsh.gc.ca/home-accueil-eng.aspx). International applicants and students should also consult Education USA’s fellowships database: https://educationusa.state.gov/find-financial-aid.

Fellowships for International Study

Graduate students at the University of Chicago are eligible for a great many funding opportunities for overseas study and research. Fellowship applications are usually due in early Autumn Quarter of the academic year preceding the intended term of study abroad. As with the fellowships listed under “Outside Aid” (see above), students should consult UChicagoGrad’s Fellowship resources (http://grad.uchicago.edu/fellowships) for more information. A sampling of fellowships for international study is as follows:

GRADUATE STUDENT LOANS AND WORK-STUDY

Student Loans

Many students find that the combination of Divinity School scholarship aid, external scholarship and fellowship aid, and their own financial resources (e.g., familial contributions, personal savings, employment earnings) is insufficient to meet the total cost of attendance of graduate study at the University. In such situations, students who are US citizens or permanent residents may make use of low-interest, long-term federal student loan programs in which the University participates. Borrowing from these programs, even at favorable terms, should be planned carefully in order to avoid the accumulation of unmanageable debt.

Students who are considering loans as part of their financial strategy should be aware that the procedures and policies of the student loan programs are subject to review by the federal government. Students who accept federal student loans are also required to make satisfactory academic progress, in compliance with federal regulations, as a condition of continued borrowing. The most up to date information on student loan programs, as well as counseling about student debt and its implications, may be obtained from Student Loan Administration (SLA; http://sla.uchicago.edu).

 Entering students who wish to be considered for student loans and other federal programs, such as work-study, should submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA; see https://fafsa.ed.gov/); the Divinity School will provide SLA with relevant scholarship aid information for the purposes of determining students’ loan and work-study eligibility. 

Federal Work-Study

The Federal Work-Study program provides an excellent opportunity for students, who are US citizens or permanent residents, to earn money from part-time work in support of their studies. As part of students’ loan eligibility determination (see above), students can receive a work-study eligibility determination for federal funds that can be disbursed as payment for on-campus work. Eligible students must hold a work-study eligible position through the University. Visit http://sla.uchicago.edu/page/federal-work-study for more information.

Employment Opportunities

Most Divinity School students work part-time for some portion or all of their tenure as students at the University of Chicago. Both on- and off-campus part-time employment opportunities for Divinity School students are available. The student employment database (http://studentemployment.uchicago.edu), which requires University network credential for access, lists available job opportunities.

Local to the Divinity School, many students work as teaching or research assistants for members of the School’s faculty, as editorial assistants for one of the academic journals published in Swift Hall, on the Wednesday Lunch crew, and in the Divinity School’s student-run coffee shop Grounds of Being. Outside of Swift Hall, students work in a range of University offices, in the library, and in businesses, colleges and universities, and religious organizations throughout the Chicago area.

Divinity School students have complete access to the programs and services offered by UChicagoGrad’s office of Career Development (see http://grad.uchicago.edu/career-development). Partners/spouses of students are eligible for many on-campus employment opportunities as well; partners/spouses of international students, however, may not work unless they hold J-2 visas and have received permission to work from US Citizenship and Immigration Services. Visit the University Department of Human Resources’ website for more information: http://hr.uchicago.edu.