Tuition and Financial Aid

The M.A. program in Digital Studies involves a considerable investment of your money and time, and we strive to be open and honest about the expenses associated with attending the University of Chicago. The University also offers fellowship opportunities and loan options to finance your education.

Tuition, Fees, and Expenses

Full-time students take three for-credit courses per quarter. The total tuition fee for a full-time Digital Studies M.A. student in the 20232024 school year will be $65,145. The current schedule of fees can be found on the website of the Office of the Bursar. In addition to tuition fees, this website contains information about student health insurance premiums and other applicable fees.

Financial Aid

A number of fellowships are awarded each year to applicants who demonstrate exceptional academic promise. These awards typically range from partial to one-third tuition. There is no separate application process for these awards and fellowship recipients are notified of their funding package when they receive their admission decision.


Student Loans

Many 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). The Student Loan Administration 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 an M.A. degree can be more challenging. The University of Chicago’s Office of International Affairs (OIA) has extensive resources for international students looking for financial aid. Additionally, many international students find funding through the Fulbright Scholar Program.

Outside Fellowships

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


Student Employment

Students may also supplement their finances with student employment; however, 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. Although international students are not eligible for the federal work-study program, most can work on-campus. More information on international student employment can be found on the website of the Office of International Affairs.

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