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    Phone: 312.567.7219
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    Scholarships and fellowships are types of financial aid for students to use to pay for their education. These are free awards given to students, which do not need to be repaid. Institutional scholarships are awarded through the Undergraduate Admission and Graduate Admission departments and are administered by the Office of Financial Aid.

    In addition, private scholarships are awarded by external organizations and administered by the Office of Financial Aid. As of today, there are more than 1.5 million private scholarship opportunities available to students, totaling more than $3.4 billion! Please use the options below to learn more about available scholarship opportunities and resources.

    Undergraduate Students

    Undergraduate students are automatically considered for institutional scholarships once admitted to IIT. These scholarships are awarded by the Office of Undergraduate Admission. Scholarship eligibility is highly competitive and is determined by evaluating the academic data provided by the Undergraduate Admissions Office and financial data obtained from the FAFSA. The Office of Financial Aid administers renewals of the awards.

    University Scholarships

    A full list of undergraduate university scholarships is available on Undergraduate Admission's website.

    ROTC Scholarships

    Preparing future officers and leaders in our nation's armed services, the Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) provides leadership experience, academic support, physical training, and financial assistance to new and returning students.

    Interested students should apply for scholarships through the respective ROTC branches. Depending on the ROTC scholarship award, applicants may be eligible to receive full funding from their ROTC branch. Depending on eligibility, IIT will make up the remaining balance (including tuition, mandatory fees, and Room & Board) for what applicants are not awarded as outlined in our institutional policy.

    All three branches of the military are represented at IIT. Navy and Air Force ROTC units are stationed on campus, with an Army unit headquartered at UIC. All three serve the entire Chicagoland area. For detailed information, please view this PDF.

    You can also find more information using the links below:
    Air Force ROTC
    Army ROTC
    Navy ROTC

    Unless otherwise noted, these scholarships are renewable for four years and apply only to undergraduate students who maintain full-time status. For more information related to semesters of eligibility, please review our policy. Students are not eligible for renewal of their IIT scholarships while participating in a co-op program. All IIT scholarships require satisfactory academic progress and most have additional academic requirements. Students may check their award letter for more specific details regarding scholarships awarded. Finally, there may be instances where changes to the original notification are warranted, which are outline on our award revision policy online.

    Graduate Students

    The Office of Financial Aid does not directly administer university scholarships for graduate students. Students will be considered automatically for scholarships, fellowships, and assistantships at the time an admission decision is made — as long as they apply by the funding deadline listed on the admission application.

    Students awarded graduate funding will have any tuition aid processed through the Graduate Income Tuition Voucher system. For detailed information on how this money is disbursed to student accounts, please read the policy and procedure.

    A fellowship provides financial support to defray the cost of tuition and a stipend for living expenses. A tuition scholarship provides all or part of the tuition only. Both are exempt from federal income taxes.

    Alumni Tuition Discount Policy

    Alumni (have an earned IIT undergraduate or IIT graduate degree) who are registered in a graduate degree-seeking program (part-time or full-time status) and maintain good academic standing are permitted a reduction of one-third of the current tuition for one three-credit hour course. Certain course exclusions, special program exclusions and scholarship exclusions apply. Continuing eligibility is subject to the rules of master’s and doctoral degree completion time limit (see Completion of Studies and Graduation, Graduate Bulletin). The Alumed benefit may not be applied retroactively. The Alumed benefit is restricted to tuition charges.


    • Alumni admitted in non-degree seeking status or programs. This includes students in certificate programs.
    • Alumni registered in only undergraduate courses or in Proficiency of English as a Second Language Courses (PESL).
    • Alumni not registered in at least one 3-credit hour course.
    • Alumni registered in a Chicago-Kent degree program.
    • Alumni registered in the following courses: accelerated, coop, internship, non-credit, research, and thesis.
    • The alumni tuition discount combined with all other IIT scholarships may not exceed tuition charges. Moreover, the alumni tuition discount will not be applied to students receiving the alumni half-tuition scholarship.
    • Concurrently admitted and enrolled doctoral and master’s degree candidates.
    International Students

    Undergraduate international students are automatically considered for institutional scholarships upon admission to IIT. These scholarships are awarded by the Office of Undergraduate Admission. For a full list of scholarships offered by IIT, visit the Undergraduate Admission website.

    Full-time international students applying to professional master's programs who have exceptionally strong academic records may be eligible for one of a limited number of one-year, half-tuition academic scholarships. Ful- time students applying to M.S. and Ph.D. programs may qualify for fellowships, scholarships, and assistantships. You will be considered automatically for scholarships, fellowships, and assistantships at the time the admission decision is made — as long as you apply by the funding deadline listed on the admission application. Further information about scholarships for graduate students can be found on the Graduate Admission website.

    Specific Scholarship for Bulgarian Citizens

    Bulgarian citizens, who are accepted for admission to an IIT undergraduate or graduate program, may apply for the Dimiter Etimov Scholarship for full tuition and living expenses. Applicants must have graduated from a Bulgarian high school, and intend to return to Bulgaria after their studies. Contact: Professor Alex Nikolov at

    Specific Assistance for International Graduate students

    • Scholarships for Graduate Engineering Students from Brazil
      Brazilian students who are admitted in a Master's in Engineering Program at IIT, and who receive a one-year, half-tuition merit scholarship, are eligible to apply to receive an additional $10,000-$25,000 USD from Instituto Ling.
      Deadline to apply to IIT: February 15
      Admission requirements:
      Contact: Darsh Wasan, Vice President, International Affiars, at or 312-567-3001.
    • Tang Graduate Scholarship for Tang Undergraduate Scholars in China
      Citizens of China accepted for admission in an IIT Ph.D degree program whose undergraduate study in China was supported by the Tang Foundation may be eligible to apply for the Tang Foundation Graduate Scholarship for assistance towards tuition and a stipend.  Admitted students must meet the following criteria:

      -Nationality People's Republic of China
      -GRE Composite 1300 (old) or 316 (new)
      -TOEFL 100; IELTS 7.0; PTE 68
      -Program requested Ph.D.

      An invitation to apply for the scholarship will be sent directly to those who meet this criteria.

      The undergraduate GPA varies widely with different universities in China, consequently, a set GPA is not specified. An IIT Admission Specialist will look for a GPA of approximately 3.20/4.00.  Please note, not all IIT departments participate in this scholarship program.

    Student Loans for Graduate Students from Latin America and the Caribbean

    The Organization of American States' Rowe Fund offers interest-free loans of up to $15,000 USD for students admitted to graduate programs at IIT.

    Students without a Social Security Number (non-international)

    The university cannot provide any federal or state financial aid to undocumented students. Undocumented students who are admitted to the undergraduate program at Illinois Institute of Technology may qualify for institutional scholarship assistance based upon:

    • Strength of  overall academic credentials
    • Professional promise as demonstrated by letters of recommendation
    • Statement of Purpose
    • Potential to excel at a very high level within the context of a rigorous academic curriculum

    Students may receive institutional assistance up to $20,000 for tuition and up to $3,500 for housing per year. In addition, undocumented students may pursue funds from outside agencies that determine eligibility for their funds without regard to citizenship status.

    Application for Financial Aid Consideration

    The application for additional financial aid consideration is available for undergraduate students ineligible to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to the Department of Education and who do not have J-1, F-1 or H-4 visas. The Office of Financial Aid reviews the application to determine additional need-based assistance available through institutional awards.

    If you are interested in applying for additional institutional assistance, please complete the Student Application for Additional Financial Consideration Form:

    Incoming Students
    Continuing Students

    For more information you can contact either Leticia Moreno at or Tanya Cabrera at

    Other Resources

    Private Scholarships

    IIT Scholarship Channel - myIIT

    Outside scholarship opportunities are regularly added to the IIT Scholarship Channel on the myIIT portal. The scholarships showcased on the portal are specific to our student populations, including special qualifications, such as academic, athletic or artistic talent. To access the scholarship channel, login to the myIIT portal, select the Finances tab and scroll to the channel on the bottom right of the page.

    Additional Scholarship Resources

    There are many major scholarship search engines available to students. The Office of Financial Aid has listed several on our Resources page. These links direct students to outside scholarship search options.


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