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Tuition and Fees
Tuition and Fees

Since The Chicago Center partners with different colleges and universities, the cost of your participation depends on where you go to school and is often comparable to what you’d pay for the same term on campus. If you’re not sure how our program works for your school, contact us at

Semester (2024-25)
Summer Term (2024)
Summer Term (2025)
College Tuition
Room and Board Fee
Activity Fee
Health & Wellness Fee
College Tuition + Program Fees
Explanation of Fees
Understanding Fees


If your school is affiliated with the Chicago Center, then you'll pay your tuition directly to your college or university. Check with your home college bursar to understand their policy on billing. If you’re not sure how our program works for your school, contact us at Tuition includes up to 16 credits for the fall and spring semesters and up to 9 credits for the summer term. We offer a discounted tuition rate for students who enroll in the non-credit program option. 


The Room and Board Fee functions a lot like the fee on your campus. It includes a shared, furnished apartment with internet, and all utilities; a food stipend, textbooks, and in-city public transportation. Our program fee is based on double occupancy in a residence hall. Single rooms, when available, cost more than the standard room charge per semester.


The Activity Fee covers a your activities in Chicago, including O-Week and several programs throughout the term.


The Health & Wellness Fee provides you with free access to 24/7 mental health counseling resources from Telus Health, and COVID-19 precautions and testing.


You will submit a $100 non-refundable intent to enroll fee to secure your spot in the program. 

Tuition and mandatory fees have been set regardless of the method of instruction and will not be modified or refunded if instruction occurs remotely or via a hybrid model for any part of the semester term.


  • Airfare or other travel to get to and from Chicago

  • Some meals during O-Week

  • Dining out meals throughout the rest of the semester

  • Personal expenses like shopping, personal needs, or personal travel.

Do not let cost prevent you from applying or enrolling!

Our program is an urban internship and living experience that'll help you grow, test drive your career, and think about the world differently in countless new ways! Our program costs reflect the unique value of this investment and your education and future. And, with an average of 86% of students receiving some form of aid and scholarships each year, we aim to make an urban experience with us as attainable as possible.

Email your admissions officer to learn more about and request financial aid.

Aid is awarded based on need and merit. Special scholarships and grants are also available to those who qualify. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis while aid is available, so apply early! You may apply after you’ve been accepted to the program. Please allow up to two weeks for review.

Cost Calculator

Use our cost estimate worksheet to get an estimated cost of attendance for the program. 

Disclaimer: The calculator provides an estimate of total program fees. Tuition and fees are subject to change. Additional scholarships and grants are also available.

School-Specific Grants and Scholarships

Many campuses provide grants to help cover some of the costs of your off-campus experience. You may be eligible to apply for a grant with your home institution.  

Don't see your college listed? Check with your career center or off-campus study office to learn more college or university to learn more about how you can use a grant to study with the Chicago Center.


The cost of the Chicago Center program will be added to your bill by your college and you will be able to pay the program cost through your institution.

In early May, the Chicago Center begins billing for the summer term. You have the option to pay via check, credit card, or set up a payment plan. If you’d like to set up a payment plan, contact Your bill will include tuition fees, housing, and meal charges. Communicate with your admissions officer your plans to pay your bill. Unless other arrangements have been made your bill will be due upon your arrival in Chicago. Any payment with a credit card will incur processing fees.

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