Financing Your Education

At MAPH we work to put together a cohort of students ready for the rigour of graduate study at the University of Chicago. We know that the financial and intellectual cost of education can be significant. As such, we strive to be open and honest with prospective students about the expenses associated with attaining a master's degree, fellowship opportunities, loan options, and all other financial aspects of graduate education at the University of Chicago. If you have questions about any of the information on this page, please contact us at

Tuition & Expenses

Tuition for a full-time MAPH student in the 2017-2018 school year is $55,836. 

  • This information is available on the University of Chicago Bursar’s Office website under Humanities Division > MA and MFA 3 Courses. The tuition is listed by quarter, and the program takes 3 quarters to complete at full-time status.
  • Students may complete the program on a part-time basis. However, recent changes in federal law may impact your loan eligibility if you are a part-tim student. If you are interested in completing the program part-time, please speak with the Associate Director to discuss the financial implications and make a plan for completion.

For other costs of attendance such as the student life fee, basic health insurance, and estimates of books & supplies, please see the University of Chicago Student Loan Administration’s website for information and estimates. 


MAPH Scholarships

A small number of partial-tuition scholarships are awarded each year to applicants who demonstrate exceptional academic promise. There is no separate application process for these scholarships. If you have indicated you wish to be considered for aid in the Financial Data portion of your application you will automatically be considered. Scholarship recipients will be notified of their funding package when they receive their admission decision. 

Other Fellowships

The University's UChicagoGRAD website has an extensive section on fellowships and funding for graduate programs, including a searchable fellowship database:

UChicagoGRAD has multiple other resources aside from the database. Make sure you explore their Featured Fellowships and Additional Fellowship Resources, as well as their other links:

Student Loans

Many MAPH students take out loans to help finance their education. All students interested in receiving federal grants, loans, and work-study funds should fill out the FAFSA form. Students should try to fill out this form as soon as possible after January 1st of the year they are applying to study. 

The University of Chicago Student Loan Administration is the best resource for information on student loans, whether federal or private, at the University of Chicago:

Student Employment

MAPH students may also supplement their finances with student employment. All students interested in participating in the federal work-study program should fill out the FAFSA (see above).

Students can search for both work-study and non-work-study jobs here at the UChicago Jobs site:

*You must be an admitted student to see jobs posted on the UChicago Jobs site. 

Graduate Affairs lists some other employment options on their Student Employment page:

International Students

Financial Aid

Since international students are not eligible for federal loans, grants or work-study, education financing can be particularly challenging. The University of Chicago’s Office of International Affairs (OIA) has extensive resources for international students looking for aid:


For information on international student employment during the MAPH year, please visit the OIA’s Employment Resources page:

For more information, you may wish to contact the OIA directly: