Financial Aid and Need-based
Important Dates & Information
Financial aid applications for the 2016–2017 academic year will be accepted beginning November 2, 2015.
Applications for new families must be fully completed no later than January 31, 2016.
Applications for current Lab families must be fully completed no later than April 15, 2016.
Lab scholarships and financial aid are not automatically renewed; families are required to reapply for aid every year.
In cases of divorce or separation, both parents must submit all required forms. If, pursuant to a documented court order, one parent is responsible for all educational expenses, then the other parent is not required to submit documents to FACTS.
Please note, applicants who submit an application for the 2016-17 academic year prior to November 2, 2015, will be asked to reapply after November 2, 2015. Please do not submit an application before November 2, 2015, if you are seeking aid for the 2016-17 academic 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 for New (Applicant) Families: January 31, 2016
To begin your application, create an account (you will be asked to create a username and password) with Facts Tuition Aid ("FACTS"), Lab's financial aid needs-analysis provider. To apply to FACTS, please visit the following link: FACTS APPLICATION.
You must submit all required financial paperwork directly to FACTS, including but not limited to 2014 and 2015 federal and state tax returns. When finished, please confirm that FACTS has received all necessary documentation by calling 1-866-441-4637. Note: Please do not send tax or financial information to Lab.
Current Lab families: Please submit the financial aid application and required documents to FACTS (including 2014 income tax returns) by March 14, 2016. 2015 income tax returns are due to FACTS on or before April 15, 2016.
All families should complete the financial aid process by the above-listed deadlines. If you have missed the above-listed deadlines, please contact the Admissions Office. Late applicants cannot always be guaranteed financial assistance, even in cases of demonstrated need.
An applicant who completes the process on time and is accepted to Lab should receive notice of his or her financial aid award along with the acceptance letter.
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.