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.
Master of Arts Program in Social Work, Social Policy, and Social Administration (SW)
|Tuition per quarter||Tuition per year|
|Full-Time AM Program (3 courses)||$16,578||$49,734|
|Advanced Standing Program (3 courses)||$16,578||$66,312|
|Part-time Day and EEP Programs (2 courses)||$11,052||$33,156|
|1 AM Program course||$5,526||$16,578|
Master of Arts Program in Social Sector Leadership and Nonprofit Management (SSL)
|Full-time (per year)||$45,000|
|Part-time (per year)||$22,500|
Doctoral students receive significant funding to ensure that they are able to immerse themselves in the program. All students entering the Doctoral Program are offered a financial aid package that includes a stipend, full tuition, health insurance, and fees.
|Tuition per quarter||Tuition per year|
|PhD Scholastic Residence||$16,578||$49,734|
|PhD Advanced Residence||$6,555||$19,665|
Estimate of Expenses
The following is an estimate of expenses that a domestic (U.S.) student in the Full-time Social Work, Social Policy, and Social Administration Master's program or doctoral student in scholastic residence will incur during the course of the 2020-21 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.
|Graduate Students Services Fee**||$1,248|
|One-time Lifetime Transcript Fee||$75|
|University of Chicago Health Insurance (student only)||$4,566|
|Room & Board||$17,100*|
|Books & Supplies||$1,785*|
|Commuting to and from field placement (includes CTA U-Pass*** fee for three quarters)||$2,556*|
Total for a single student
**The Graduate Students Services Fee covers many services dedicated to enhancing the quality of student life and campus activities, and is used to provide and promote educational, social, cultural, and recreational programs and services for all students throughout the year.
***The U-Pass program allows cardholders to enjoy unlimited rides on Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) trains and buses during the academic year.
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.
- 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.)
- CTA (Chicago Public Transportation) U-Pass (for students in full-time programs only; per quarter for 3 quarters): $100
- Advance reservation deposit: $250
(Credited to Autumn quarter tuition, or Summer Quarter for Advanced Standing students)
- University Student Health Insurance Plan (U-SHIP):
- Basic Plan (student only): $4,566
- Graduate Students Services fee (each quarter): $416
- 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: $326
- Special service fee:
- One-time Lifetime Transcript Fee: $75
- Late fees:
- Late payment of fees: $150
- Late registration: $100
- 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.)