SSA makes every effort to help students by offering exceptional scholarship assistance as well as facilitating other forms of financial assistance. Each year, SSA awards scholarships that range from full to partial tuition. Last year, 95 percent of master's students received merit- and need-based tuition scholarship/gift aid. The Schedule of Fees and Estimate of Expenses do not include scholarships or other forms of financial assistance, so the difference between the total amount listed and the amount a student might pay may be less.

Tuition 2017-18

 Tuition per quarterTuition per year
Full-Time AM Program (3 courses)$15,934$47,802
Part-time Day and EEP Programs (2 courses)$11,391$34,173
1 AM Program course$6,599$19,797
PhD Scholastic Residence$15,934$47,802
PhD Advanced Residence$6,301$18,903


Estimate of Expenses

The following is an estimate of expenses that a domestic (U.S.) student in the full-time master's program or doctoral student in scholastic residence will incur during the course of the 2017-18 school year (based on a nine-month budget with a modest standard of living). International students should contact the Admissions Office for guidance on estimating expenses.

Student Life Fee$1,164
One-time Lifetime Transcript Fee$75
University Student Health Basic Insurance Plan (student only)$3,576*
Room & Board$14,130*
Personal Expenses$3,000*
Books & Supplies$1,785*
Commuting to and from field placement (includes CTA U-Pass fee for three quarters)$2,337

Total for a single student

*Estimated amount, subject to change. 

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Schedule of Fees

All payments of tuition and fees must be completed by the due date indicated on the bill from the Office of the Bursar. If a student has not paid any account in full that is due to the University by the end of the billing cycle, restriction of further privileges or services may follow.

  1. Application fee: $75 
    (This fee must accompany the original online application for admission to the University. No part of this fee is either refunded or applied as an advance payment on other fees.) 
  2. CTA (Chicago Public Transportation) U-Pass (for students in full-time programs only; per quarter for 3 quarters): $100
  3. Advance reservation deposit: $250 
    (Credited to Autumn quarter tuition) 
  4. University Student Health Insurance Plan (U-SHIP): 
    1. Basic Plan (student only): $3,576
  5. Student Life fee (each quarter): $388
  6. Dependent Life Fee (assessed each quarter - a dependent spouse, domestic partner, or dependent child age 14 and older is insured through U-SHIP) per quarter: $305
  7. Special service fee: 
    1. One-time Lifetime Transcript Fee: $75
  8. Late fees: 
    1. Late payment of fees: $150
    2. Late registration: $150
    3. Change in registration: up to $150
      (A fee is charged for each change in registration made by a student after the officially scheduled change period (fourth week of quarter) unless caused by the University.) 
Students enrolled in a degree program may audit, without extra charge, classes in addition to those for which they are registered, subject to the approval of the instructor in each case. Under these conditions the students are not registered for the courses, and work is not made a part of their official records.
Students who are required to withdraw for disciplinary reasons shall not be entitled to any refund of tuition or fees. Other charges are subject to change from year to year prior to the beginning of each academic year.
Tuition, fees, and other charges are subject to change.