Admissions fee waiver

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Why is Break Through Tech Chicago waiving UIC undergraduate application fees?

Our mission is to diversify the tech world by enabling more women and nonbinary individuals to gain the undergraduate degrees in computer science and data science that will allow them to secure well-paying, high-impact tech jobs right after college graduation.

Our waiver of the UIC undergraduate application fee represents our conviction that far more women and nonbinary people are on their way to amazing positions in tech. After you read this page, we encourage you to explore our website to learn about Break Through Tech Chicago programs and the supportive community we create!


Break Through Tech Chicago is committed to waiving the undergraduate application fee for applicants for fall 2023 entry to UIC who meet all of these criteria:

  • Report their gender as female or nonbinary on the UIC application
  • Select any of these three undergraduate majors offered by the College of Engineering: computer science, data science, or computer science + design
  • Are a U.S. student applying for undergraduate freshman or transfer admission or an international student applying for freshman admission
  • Complete and fully submit the application by December 1, 2022. (Important note: students who submit a completed application after December 1 will be responsible for their own application fees, so please make sure that your application is submitted by the deadline!)

Fees waived

U.S. undergraduate applicants (freshman or transfer) who meet the criteria above will have the $60 application fee waived.

International undergraduate applicants (freshman only) who meet the criteria above will have the $60 application fee and the $100 international credential review fee waived.

How to take advantage of this offer

Fill out the simple form below (time requirement: about 2 minutes), submit your UIC undergraduate application by December 1, and we will take it from there!

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