Student Loan Programs and Employment

Divinity School students who are US citizens or permanent residents have access to University managed federal student loan and work study programs, as well as a broad range of on- and off-campus 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, which requires University network credentials for access, lists available job opportunities. 

Members of the Wednesday Lunch crew prepare a community meal

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.

The Divinity Schoo's student-run coffee shop, Grounds of BeingDivinity School students have complete access to the programs and services offered by UChicagoGRAD’s office of 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.

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 Graduate Financial Aid.

Entering students who wish to be considered for student loans should submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Note that the University of Chicago's institutional code for the FAFSA is 001774. The Divinity School will provide SLA with relevant scholarship aid information for the purposes of determining students’ loan eligibility. 

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 the loans tab 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. Even if a student opts to take a non-work-study position, pursuing the work-study eligibility determination is a good idea, as it increases her or his on-campus employment opportunities to include both types of positions. 

Visit Graduate Financial Aid's work-study resource page for more information.