Tuition and Financial Aid

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The Master of Arts Program in the Humanities (MAPH) Staff know the cost of higher education can be significant. We strive to be open and honest 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.

Tuition, Fees, Expenses

Full-time MAPH students take three for-credit courses per quarter. Total tuition for a full-time MAPH student can be found on the Bursar's website for Tuition and Fees.

Enrolling in a program of study includes additional costs beyond the tuition listed on the Bursar's site. For a full list of direct and indirect expenses associated with the cost of attendance, please visit the Cost of Attendance page of the Graduate Financial Aid Office website

Tuition Aid

A number of MAPH scholarships are awarded each year to applicants who demonstrate exceptional academic promise. These partial tuition scholarships vary, and the highest are typically around one-third of tuition. There is no separate application process for these awards. Scholarship recipients are notified of their funding package when they receive their admission decision.

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 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) using school code 001774.

While the MAPH Staff can answer general questions about loan funding, the Financial Aid Office is the best resource for information on student loans, whether federal or private, at the University of Chicago.

International Students

Since international students are not eligible for federal loans, grants, or work-study, financing a MAPH degree can be more challenging. The University of Chicago’s Office of International Affairs (OIA) has an extensive list of resources for international students looking for financial aid. Additionally, some international students find funding through the Fulbright Scholar Program.


Rudolph Scholarship

For Master's Applicants who currently attend UChicago: Students who are graduating as part of the Class of 2023 and who enroll in the Master of Arts Program in the Humanities may qualify for funding through the Rudolph Scholarship. The College will provide this one-year, partial tuition scholarship of $15,000 during the 2023-24 academic year. The Division of the Humanities will provide an additional $15,000 in aid to match this scholarship, for a total of $30,000. 

Outside Fellowships

UChicagoGRAD offers an extensive section on fellowships and funding for graduate programs, including a searchable Fellowship Database.

Student Employment

MAPH students may also supplement their finances with student employment, though we encourage students to work no more than 12 hours per week. All students interested in participating in the federal work-study program should fill out the FAFSA.

International Students

While international students are not eligible for federal work-study, most can work on-campus. More information on international student employment during the MAPH year can be found on the Office of International Affairs’ website.