Financial Aid

Financial Aid and Need-based Scholarships


Important Dates

  • Financial aid applications for the 2015–2016 academic year will be accepted beginning November 1, 2014.
  • Applications must be fully completed no later than January 31, 2015.
  • Lab scholarships and financial aid are not automatically renewed; families are required to reapply for aid every year.

Making a Lab Education Affordable

Lab welcomes all applicants, regardless of financial need. Those who wish to apply for financial aid must do so in tandem with the school admission process, meeting all the deadlines noted below.

Having the best and brightest students in our classrooms is part of what makes the Lab experience special, so the Schools strive to make our educational program affordable for as many families as possible through scholarship and financial aid assistance. Ability to pay is not a consideration during the admissions process. While Lab hopes one day to meet the full demonstrated need of every family, for now financial aid and scholarship is designed to help shrink the gap between what a family can afford and the cost of a Lab education. All families are expected to contribute some portion of tuition and fees. Approximately 10 percent of Lab students receive some type of need-based aid.

In keeping with long-standing traditions and policies, the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools considers students for admission on the basis of individual merit and does not discriminate based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, disability, or any other protected class under the law in its admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, educational policies, and other administered programs.

Does Lab Award Merit or Athletic Scholarships?

No. All financial aid and scholarship awards are based solely on demonstrated financial need, not on the basis of merit, athletic, or other achievement.

Financial Aid Application Deadline: January 31, 2015

  • Financial aid applications for the 2015–2016 academic year will be accepted beginning November 1, 2014, and applications must be completed no later than January 31, 2015.
  • Instructions on how to apply will be provided on November 1, 2014.

Additional Resources

The organizations listed below may also assist with financial aid. Please note that these organizations and services operate independently of the University of Chicago and the Laboratory Schools.