Financial Aid FAQ

Is there a separate scholarship application for Master’s students? 

The Divinity School does not have a separate scholarship application. All masters applicants are automatically considered for scholarship awards. All Divinity School scholarships are awarded based solely on academic merit as indicated by the strength of the admission application materials. The Divinity School does not offer any need-based scholarships. Scholarship notifications are made at the time of the admission decision. Scholarships range from partial tuition to full tuition awards.  

I’ve received my Divinity School scholarship aid award letter, but when will I receive notification about my federal aid eligibility? 

Eligible students can submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online beginning in October of the application year. The University’s institutional code for the FAFSA is 001774. The Graduate Financial Aid Office will process your FAFSA and determine your eligibility for federal student loans and work-study eligibility. You will be able to see your federal aid eligibility or documents needed online through your my.UChicago portal.  

Where can I go to learn more about external sources of graduate school funding?

Visit UChicagoGRAD’s Fellowships Database. You should be applying for external scholarships and fellowships before or at the same time you are applying for admission to the School. Most deadlines are in the summer and fall of the application year. 

Does the University of Chicago Divinity School offer scholarship funding for doctoral students?

All PhD students receive a fellowship package that includes a full tuition scholarship, coverage of the student premium of the University Student Health Insurance Plan (USHIP) and a $31,000 annual living stipend for the duration of the program, up to 9 years. Funding is contingent upon satisfactory academic progress. 

Are doctoral students required to teach at the University?

All doctoral students are required to complete a pedagogical training plan to complete the PhD. The pedagogical training plans include workshop training, mentored teaching experiences (i.e., course interns/teaching assistants), and independent teaching through stand-alone course lectureships.