It is important to understand the cost of medical education so you can best decide what types and amounts of financial aid you will need.
The links on the right provide information on the financial aid concepts of Cost of Attendance (COA) and Financial Need, as well as information on billing and payment.
Cost of Attendance (COA)
The College of Medicine Office of Student Financial Aid (COM OSFA) provides you with a list of anticipated expenses on your Award Notification. These expenses, referred to as your Cost of Attendance (COA) or budget, reflect costs you may encounter during the regular nine month academic year. These costs may include:
The total COA is not the amount that you owe the university for the year. Some items in your COA are indirect costs not owed to the university, and some items are estimates. Please note that an average loan fee will be added to your COA for those that borrow a Federal Direct Loan and a Grad Plus Loan. The amount of the loan fee(s) added will depend on the type of loans borrowed. Also note that the cost for registering for the Step 1 exam is included in the M2 'Book and Supply' amount, and the cost for both Step 2 exams are included in the M3 'Book and Supply' totals.
For a breakdown of the Estimated Costs by site and year, please visit the links below
** Please note, that beginning Fall 2017, M1 students will be enrolled in the Summer courses for Summer 2018. Summer financial aid is awarded manually. Once awarded aid for the summer, students will receive a revised award letter, which will include updated tuition and fees for summer. Students will also be awarded any additional financial aid if they are eligible.** **The links are currently being updated for 2017 - 2018, please check back soon**
Your financial need is determined using your COA and your Expected Family Contribution (EFC). The EFC is the result of a formula developed by the U.S. Congress and is applied to the information you submit on your FAFSA. Your EFC is not the amount that you must pay the university.
Formula for calculating financial need:
Cost of Attendance (COA)
- Any outside resources
= Financial Need
Some aid programs require students to demonstrate financial need in order to be eligible. Please see the Types of Aid section for more information on need based and non-need based aid types.
If you receive any type of funding (including but not limited to awards, grants, loans, waivers, fellowships, scholarships, or tuition reimbursements), you must notify the COM OSFA as soon as possible. Your aid package will be updated to reflect the outside award. Your aid eligibility may or may not change, depending on your level of need and the conditions of the outside award.
NOTE: If an outside award is credited to your account before the COM OSFA can adjust your financial aid package, you will be expected to return any amount of financial aid you are not eligible to receive, even if you have already received a refund.
Please note you cannot receive more than one tuition-restricted award for any term. Only one can pay your tuition. The remaining award will be returned to its source. For example, a student with two assistantships cannot receive two tuition waivers in the same semester. If for some reason multiple tuition-specific awards are credited to your account, your account will be billed for one of the awards, even if you have already received a refund.
Paying Your Bill
Your university bill is managed by the office of University Student Financial Services and Cashier Operations (USFSCO). You are responsible for monitoring your student account and making sure your bill is paid each semester by USFSCO's published due dates. It is recommended to login to UI-Integrate Self-Service and view your student account monthly to keep up to date on your account. You can visit their homepage to find out more information about the following: billing, payments, due dates, refunds, UIC financial counselor (Entrance and Exit Interviews), 1098_T tax information, payment plans, information for new students, other resources and their contact information.
Click here to be directed to USFSCO homepage.
To view your student account you will need to login to UI-Integrate Self-Service.
In addition to the standard budget components, certain adjustments can be made to a student’s cost of attendance on a case-by-case basis. Students with extenuating circumstances may appeal for a budget adjustment for certain allowable expenses.
· Child Care Costs
· Laptop Purchase (for educational use)
· Unusually High Medical/Dental expenses
· Car Repair / Auto Insurance
· Residency Interview Costs (M4's Only)
In addition, the federal government stipulates that some expenses cannot be included in a student’s budget, regardless of the circumstances.
- Automobile Payments/Purchase
- Consumer Debt
- Off Campus Clerkships and Electives
- Clinical Rotations Off Campus in the US or Abroad
- Moving Expenses / Site Relocation Expenses
- Spousal Insurance
- Travel Relocation
- USMLE Review Courses
Be sure to refer to the COM OSFA calendar for all budget adjustment request deadlines.