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Graduate Student-at-Large: Returning Scholars

Tuition and Fees

Please see the UChicago Bursar site for the definitive list of current tuition and fees for the GSAL Returning Scholar program.

Tuition for the 2023–2024 Academic Year

Tuition or Fee Type Cost
Returning Scholar Course $2,621
GSAL Business RS Course $4,870
Lifetime Transcript fee (all registered students) $75
Graduate Student Services Fee $466
University Student Health Insurance* USHIP

* Returning Scholars have the opportunity to opt in for University health insurance. Visit the Wellness site for more information.

Payment Options for Graduate Student at Large Returning Scholar Students

Graduate Student-at-Large is a non-degree program. Students enrolled in the program are not eligible for University grants and scholarships or most federal financial aid. Student loans may be available through the Student Loan Administration and the Maroon Financial Credit Union.

If you are a non-degree-seeking student, you may be eligible to apply for private education loans, also known as alternative loans. Alternative loans are non-Federal loans offered by lenders that provide specialized student loans with reasonable terms for U.S. citizens, nationals, permanent residents, and international students who have a creditworthy U.S. citizen as a cosigner. 

*Please Note: Your choice of lenders may be limited as some require you to be enrolled in a degree-seeking program. The University of Chicago does not endorse or recommend any specific lender. Once you have been approved for a loan, you can indicate your intent to borrow by completing our Alternative Loan Request form. For any questions, please contact

Payment must be made with a check or money order. Payment and billing schedule information is available from the Office of the Bursar.

University tuition payment plans and credit card payments are not available to GSAL students.

Benefits-eligible staff employees may apply for tuition remission. The University will pay up to 50 percent of the tuition for up to two courses per quarter, at either the graduate or undergraduate level. The Staff Tuition Assistance Benefit form should be submitted directly to the University Benefits Office.

UChicago campus during the fall.

Reignite Your Academic Journey

Ready to return to academia? Apply for the Graduate Student-at-Large Returning Scholars Program at UChicago. Reconnect with learning, explore new horizons, and rediscover your passion for knowledge.

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