The UIC Summer Sophomore Success Program, sponsored by the Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Affairs and Academic Programs, focuses on first-year students who have not yet reached sophomore status by the end of their second semester.  The program provides a limited number of students nearing sophomore status an opportunity to take two UIC courses over the summer and pay tuition for only one course.

Students who qualify for this program are those who started at UIC in Fall 2017, are within six credit hours of sophomore status by the end of the Spring 2018 semester, and meet the criteria specified below. If eligible students register for at least two courses in Summer 2018, they will receive one course free of charge, given that the earned summer credits brings their total credit hours to at least 30.  Eligible students will be notified to apply to this program.  Due to limited funds, awards will be granted to qualified students on a first-come first-served basis.

The program is a collaboration among the Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Affairs and Academic Programs, the Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships, and Summer Session.

Program Eligibility

Students who meet the following criteria will be eligible to apply to the Summer Sophomore Success Program:

  • Started at UIC in Fall 2017 as full-time first-year students;
  • Have accumulated 24–29 credit hours at the conclusion of their first year;
  • Be academically eligible to register for the Summer 2018 term;
  • Have no other holds that would prevent registration for Summer 2018;
  • Meet necessary prerequisites of the courses for which they plan to register in the summer;
  • Be a US citizens or permanent residents;
  • Be eligible for federal Pell grant;
  • Have FAFSA on file for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is there an application process for the Summer Sophomore Success Program?

Yes. Eligible students will receive a notification encouraging them to apply to this program by filling out a simple application form.  Students will receive an official notification when accepted to the program and will need to sign up for at least two courses in Summer 2018 to receive this benefit. Funds are limited and awards will be distributed on a first-come first-served basis.

What if I have earned 23 credit hours or fewer? Can I qualify for the Summer Sophomore Success Program?

Unfortunately, no. This program is only available to students within six hours of sophomore status by the end of their second semester at UIC.

I received the official notification of eligibility, but subsequently had to withdraw from a course during the spring semester and my earned credit hours at the end of Spring 2018 fell below 24. Am I still eligible?

Unfortunately, no. Students must have completed at least 24 credit hours and fewer than 29 by the end of Spring 2018 to be eligible.

Are fees included? What about Campus Care and UPASS?

The Summer Sophomore Success Program includes tuition and credit hour fees for one course. Students who have been accepted to the program and have signed up for at least two courses in Summer 2018 will see on their student account that one course is covered by UIC tuition waiver.  Students will be responsible for paying for the second course or applying financial aid toward it. Students will also be responsible for any Campus Care charges as well as UPASS charges.

Can financial aid be applied to this award?

Yes, Federal Pell grant funding is available for Summer 2018. Students who are eligible for this program will receive specific information in their financial aid award letter, which will be emailed approximately two weeks after they register for summer courses. Questions about financial aid should be directed to the to Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships, (312) 996-3126.

What if I sign up for two courses with different credit hours?

The program will pay for the course with the HIGHEST credit hours. Just remember that more than six credit hours is a heavy load for summer. Please meet with your academic advisor to determine your best course of action.

What if I take a course with a lecture and a lab?

The program will cover both, the course lecture and corresponding lab. For instance, if you sign up for General College Chemistry 122 (lecture – 4 hours) AND General College Chemistry 123 (lab – 1 hour), this program covers both, as long as you sign up for at least one additional course. (This also applies to CHEM 122/123, CHEM 124/125, CHEM 232/233, BIOS 222/223, PHYS 105/106, PHYS 107/108, and BIOS 350/351.)

What if I register for two summer courses but drop one later?

The program will pay for one course only if you register for two Summer Session courses. Students who withdraw from one course are effectively withdrawing from the program and, therefore, will be responsible for all tuition and fees incurred for the remaining course. Important: Students who drop below five credit hours in the summer could lose Pell grant eligibility for that semester. Before withdrawing, please contact the Office of Financial Aid to determine the impact on your specific Financial Aid package.

Is there a Summer FAFSA?

There is no additional FAFSA required for Summer. The FAFSA completed for academic year 2017-2018 applies to summer 2018.

If I use Federal Pell Funding for summer 2018, will that affect my potential award for academic year 2018-2019?

No, financial aid used in Summer 2018 does not affect student aid for the upcoming 2018-2019 academic year.

Who can I contact if I have a question about this program?

Please call the Summer Session office at (312) 996-9099. Or email summersuccess@uic.edu

For Financial Aid questions please call the Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships at (312) 996-3126