Benefits

Faculty, Other Academic Appointees and Dependent Children Tuition

The University offers a variety of tuition benefits for dependent children of Faculty and Other Academic Appointees. The summaries below provide key features of each of the tuition benefit offerings. A thorough description of each tuition benefit plan is available in the Educational Assistance Plan Summary of Benefits.

The following guidelines are applicable to the benefits described below.

  • The benefit is available to full-time benefits eligible faculty/academic employees. For a list of University positions eligible for this benefit see pages 5 through 11 of the Educational Assistance Plan Summary of Benefits.
  • There is no waiting period for the tuition benefit to begin.
  • Applications must be submitted each semester/quarter.
  • Applications should be sent to the Benefits Office by Fax 773-834-0996 or by e-mail benefits@uchicago.edu. It may take up to three weeks to process your tuition request.
  • The benefit covers tuition only.

Tuition Benefits for the Dependent Children of Faculty and Other Academic Personnel  

Faculty Children’s Scholarship Plan

  • The University pays undergraduate tuition for dependent children of eligible employees at any accredited college or university in the United States OR any academically recognized foreign college or university that offers and undergraduate program leading to a bachelor’s degree.
  • The maximum benefit is 8 semesters or 12 quarters. Summer school courses will count as a full semester or quarter if you submit an application to Benefits for the summer course.
  • No benefit is available for certification programs in a specialized trade or for industrial schools, such as schools for aviation, cooking, auto repair, computers programming, etc.
  • The maximum benefit awarded to your child cannot exceed the undergraduate tuition in effect at the University of Chicago at the time the tuition is due and payable.
  • The benefit does not cover application fees, room and board charges, laboratory fees, activity fees other special fees charged for particular courses or programs and any other incidental fees. You must complete and submit an application (for active employees) at the beginning of each applicable quarter. If you are retired, please use this application. 
  • If your dependent attends the University of Chicago, an adjustment will appear on your tuition bill.
  • If your dependent attends a school other than the University of Chicago, the benefit will be provided to active faculty/academic employees in the same manner as their salary is received (by direct deposit or via a check sent to the local administrator) in accordance with the biweekly-payroll schedule. Eligible retired faculty and other academic appointees will receive their benefit payments in a check sent to their address provided on the Application.
Tuition Coverage
  • The benefit is generally up to 75% of the University of Chicago tuition rate for most applicants. Please refer to the Educational Assistance Plan Summary of Benefits for detailed benefit information.

University Laboratory Schools Benefit

  • The University pays 50% of the tuition at the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools for the Dependent Child of employees in eligible positions.
  • Your dependent child must be enrolled in the Nursery, Kindergarten, Primary, Lower, Middle or High School at the University's Laboratory Schools.
  • A copy of your child's birth certificate must be submitted with the application.  It is not necessary to submit an application more than once unless there has been a change in status.
  • Families will have the option to apply for an enhanced tuition assistance benefit. The enhanced benefit is designed to provide additional tuition assistance above the existing 50% remission level to those families most in need according to a sliding household income scale. You will be required to verify your household income to apply for this enhanced benefit.
Total Household Adjusted Gross Income Under $45,000 $45,000– $74,999 $75,000– $99,999 $100,000- $199,999 Over $200,000
Total Tuition Remission Level 85% 75% 66% 60% 50%
  • A copy of pages 1 and 2 of your most recent Federal Income Tax Return must be submitted with the application. You may redact all income information on your tax returns except for the line showing "adjusted gross income".
  • To receive this benefit, you will need to apply every academic year and submit a copy of pages 1 and 2 of your most recent Federal Income Tax Return(s).

Diverse Learners Tuition Portability Benefit

  • Beginning with the 2019-2020 school year, the Diverse Learners Tuition Portability Benefit will be available for eligible employees, whose primary residence is located in one of the University’s nine mid-South Side neighborhoods with a child attending either City Elementary or Hyde Park Day School.
  • The benefit provides tuition assistance to be used  towards the tuition costs at either City Elementary or Hyde Park Day School.
  • To receive the Diverse Learners Benefit, your child(ren) must be admitted by, and enrolled at, one of these two schools.
  • The standard annual benefit is $16,000; however, eligible employees have the option to apply for tuition benefits above $16,000 based on their Total Household Adjusted Gross Income as reflected below:

 

Tuition Benefit

Tuition Benefit

Total Household AGI

Hyde Park Day School

City Elementary

Under $75,000

$24,000

$24,000

$75,000 - $99,999

$21,120

$21,120

$100,000 - $199,999

$19,200

$19,200

$200,000 and Over

$16,000

$16,000

  • To receive this benefit for the upcoming school year, a completed Diverse Learners Tuition Portability Benefit Application  must be submitted along with (1) a copy of your child’s birth certificate, adoption papers or legal documents indicating the child is your dependent and (2) a letter from City Elementary or Hyde Park Day School confirming enrollment to the Benefits Office at benefits@uchicago.edu by August 1.  Applications may also be submitted by December 1 in order to receive a partial benefit for children who enroll at a covered school mid-year (i.e., by January 1).
  • For those who wish to apply for a benefit greater than $16,000, you must also provide a copy of your last Federal Income Tax Return as proof of Total Household Adjusted Gross Income. (All information may be redacted, except for the line showing “adjusted gross income.”)
  • To receive this benefit each year, you will need to apply (or reapply) in by August 1 and submit the required supporting documentation. The annual benefit amount for a school year is paid out to you in two equal installments in September and January.