TCSPP is pleased to announce several funding opportunities for students. The deadline, award amounts, eligibility and application requirements are provided below​ specific to each opportunity. Please note that the submission must come from your TCSPP school email address.  Applications sent from other email addresses, or forwarded by another individual will be returned to the applicant who will be asked to resubmit.  The date of the resubmission will count as the official date in which the application was received.   

For scholarships, we intend to announce awards which will apply to the Fall 2020 semester/terms starting August 10th. 

For CARES Act funds, we intend to distribute funds between July 27th and August 15th. ​​


​​The TCSPP Continuing Student Emergency Relief Fund

The Chicago School recognizes unanticipated circumstances of many different kinds may cause unexpected financial burdens for our students which, in turn, interferes with their ability to pay for their education. We have, therefore, created an emergency scholarship fund that eligible students can access and, if awarded, use toward their tuition and fees.  


    • Open for Applications: July 6, 2020
    • Application Submission: To be considered, students must submit their completed application, inclusive of all required attachments, to scholarships@thechicagoschool.edu by the July 24, 2020 deadline.
    • Number of Awards and Award Amount: while funds last; eligible students can be awarded up to $2,000 (non-renewable).
    • Eligibility Requirements:
      • Completed application form, inclusive of application essay
      • Applicants must have a financial hardship stemming from an illness, accident, or unexpected circumstance.
      • Applicants must be currently enrolled in a degree-granting or certificate program and in one of the following statuses:
        • ​Academic & FA Good Standing (Active)
        • Academic & FA Probation 
        • Academic & FA Warning
        • Pending Graduate 
        • Re-Entry 
        • Pending Probation
      • ​​Applicants must submit an explanation of the illness, accident, or unexpected circumstance and how it relates to financial hardship.  ​

​​Examples of Unexpected or Emergent Circumstances (This list is not exhaustive)

      • Circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak
      • Serious illness
      • Natural disaster
      • Death or serious illness in the family
      • Serious accident resulting in injury
      • Unanticipated reduction in or loss of income

Examples of Financial Impacts (This list is not exhaustive.)

      • Increased costs or challenges paying for medications or other costs related to medical care
      • Increased costs or challenges paying insurance bills
      • Increased costs or challenges paying utility bills
      • Challenges paying rent, mortgage, or car loans
      • Challenges paying for groceries and household essentials
      • Challenges paying for tuition, fees, or book costs not covered by financial aid
      • Lost income due to impact of the critical situation on employment.

​​Examples of Factors to Consider with Respect to Financial Need

      • Reductions in income level
      • ​Increases in expenses
    • ​​​Additional Requirements:​
      • Funds awarded must be applied toward current or future tuition and fee charges only.
      • Funds received cannot result in a negative balance or stipend being generated.
      • Students who are currently receiving a scholarship must wait until their current scholarship is fully paid before applying for this application.
      • Students who received CARES Act funds must wait until the semester after they received CARES Act funds before their application will be considered.
      • If a balance is owed to the University, funds will be directed toward paying the balance.
      • Per Title IV regulations, this scholarship is considered additional financial aid.  If you are a Title IV recipient, Financial Aid will review the total amount of aid you have received inclusive of this scholarship to ensure your cost of attendance budget is not exceeded for the award year.  If adding this scholarship to the financial aid funds you have already received exceeds your cost of attendance, Financial Aid will reduce and/or refund your loans in an amount that ensures your cost of attendance budget is not exceeded.

​​​​​​The Dr. Michael Horowitz & Dr. Jeanne Gutierrez Immigrant/First Generation Scholarship

The Dr. Michael Horowitz/Dr. Jeannie Gutierrez First Generation Scholarship was established to support students whose parents have not graduated from college (if applying to an undergraduate program) or who are the first in the family to receive a graduate degree (if applying to graduate program), or who are immigrants to the United States and pursuing higher education for the first time in the US. This scholarship was established to enable students to blaze a new trail of success for their families and in their communities.


    • Open for Applications: July 6, 2020
    • Application Submission: To be considered, students must submit their completed application, inclusive of all required attachments, to scholarships@thechicagoschool.edu by the July 24, 2020 deadline.​
    • Number of Awards and Award Amount: one student; one $12,000 (non-renewable) award
    • Eligibility Requirements:
      • ​Candidates must be active, full-time students at The Chicago School by the application deadline or be continuing students meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)
      • Candidates must be in Financial and Academic Good Standing
      • International students are eligible to apply
      • Scholarship recipients must maintain full-time enrollment and SAP to rem​​​​​​ain eligible.
      ​Additional Requirements:
      • Completed application form, inclusive of application essay
      • Updated resume
      • Letter of recommendation from a TCSPP faculty member.
      • Funds awarded must be applied toward current or future tuition and fee charges only.
      • Funds received cannot result in a negative balance or stipend being generated.
      • Students who are currently receiving a scholarship must wait until their current scholarship is fully paid before applying for this application.
      • If a balance is owed to the University, funds will be directed toward paying the balance.
      • Per Title IV regulations, this scholarship is considered additional financial aid.  If you are a Title IV recipient, Financial Aid will review the total amount of aid you have received inclusive of this scholarship to ensure your cost of attendance budget is not exceeded for the award year.  If adding this scholarship to the financial aid funds you have already received exceeds your cost of attendance, Financial Aid will reduce and/or refund your loans in an amount that ensures your cost of attendance budget is not exceeded.


The Ricardo Grunsten Scholarship

Named in honor of one of the nation's most successful Latino entrepreneurs, The Ricardo Grunsten Scholarship was established to support students who exemplify the mission, vision and core values of The Chicago School in their academic and professional endeavors.


    • Open for Applications: July 6, 2020
    • Application Submission: To be considered, students must submit their completed application, inclusive of all required attachments, to scholarships@thechicagoschool.edu by the July 24, 2020 deadline.
    • Number of Awards and Award Amount: two students; two $2,500 (non-renewable) awards
    • Eligibility Requirements:
      • Candidates must be active, full-time students at The Chicago School by the application deadline or be continuing students meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP).
      • Candidates must be in Financial and Academic Good Standing.
      • International students are eligible to apply.
      • Scholarship recipients must maintain full-time enrollment and SAP to remain eligible.
    • ​​Additional Requirements:
      • Completed a​pplication form, inclusive of application essay
      • Updated resume
      • Letter of recommendation from TCSPP faculty member.
      • Funds awarded must be applied toward current or future tuition and fee charges only.
      • Funds received cannot result in a negative balance or stipend being generated.
      • Students who are currently receiving a scholarship must wait until their current scholarship is fully paid before applying for this application.
      • If a balance is owed to the University, funds will be directed toward paying the balance.
      • Per Title IV regulations, this scholarship is considered additional financial aid.  If you are a Title IV recipient, Financial Aid will review the total amount of aid you have received inclusive of this scholarship to ensure your cost of attendance budget is not exceeded for the award year.  If adding this scholarship to the financial aid funds you have already received exceeds your cost of attendance, Financial Aid will reduce and/or refund your loans in an amount that ensures your cost of attendance budget is not exceeded.


The Veronica Grace Thorson Memorial Scholarship Fund

Named for Veronica Thorson, a Master of Arts student in the Marriage and Family Therapy program at The Chicago School's San Diego campus. Veronica was a lifelong learner, seeking to make an impact in mental health, recovery and advocacy. She was a beloved member of the TCSPP family and will be greatly missed.

In memory of Veronica's passion for mental health and helping others, Veronica's family established a student tuition scholarship fund to support currently enrolled students who are in financial need to earn their degree. This fund is dedicated to providing scholarships for San Diego Campus students by the family of a former student who passed away after a decades long struggle with anorexia nervosa.

Students who qualify may apply for monetary support to the fund through an application process, which includes an essay sharing what they would do to honor her legacy to further their education.​


    • Open for Applications: July 6, 2020
    • Application Submission: To be considered, students must submit their completed application, inclusive of all required attachments, to scholarships@thechicagoschool.edu by the July 24, 2020 deadline.
    • Number of Awards and Award Amount: 10 students; up to $4,600 (non-renewable).
    • Eligibility Requirements:
      • ​Candidates must be active, full-time students at The Chicago School San Diego campus by the application deadline or be continuing students meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)
      • Candidates must be in Financial and Academic Good Standing with a minimum GPA of 3.0
      • Scholarship recipients must maintain full-time enrollment and SAP to remain eligible.
    • ​Additional Requirements:
      • Completed application form, inclusive of application essay
      • Funds awarded must be applied toward current or future tuition and fee charges only.
      • Funds received cannot result in a negative balance or stipend being generated.
      • Students who are currently receiving a scholarship must wait until their current scholarship is fully paid before applying for this application.
      • If a balance is owed to the University, funds will be directed toward paying the balance.
      • Per Title IV regulations, this scholarship is considered additional financial aid.  If you are a Title IV recipient, Financial Aid will review the total amount of aid you have received inclusive of this scholarship to ensure your cost of attendance budget is not exceeded for the award year.  If adding this scholarship to the financial aid funds you have already received exceeds your cost of attendance, Financial Aid will reduce and/or refund your loans in an amount that ensures your cost of attendance budget is not exceeded.


Minority Serving Institution CARES Act Financial Aid Grants

The Los Angeles Campus received additional CARES Act funding to provide to students after meeting the government's definition of a Minority Serving Institution. 


    • Open for Applications: July 6, 2020
    • Application Submission: To be considered, students must submit their completed application, inclusive of all required attachments, to tcsppstudentfunding@tcsedsystem.edu by the July 24, 2020 deadline.
    • Number of Awards and Award Amount: while funds last; eligible students can be awarded up to $2,000 (non-renewable).
    • Eligibility Requirements:
      • Applicants must be students of the Los Angeles Campus.
      • Applicants must demonstrate a financial hardship related to the COVID-19 pandemic. 
      • Applicants must be currently enrolled in a campus-based degree or certificate granting program and in one of the following statuses both currently and as of 3/13/20.
        • Academic & FA Good Standing (Active)
        • Academic & FA Probation
        • Academic & FA Warning
        • Pending Graduate
        • Re-Entry
        • Pending Probation
      • Applicants demonstrate ability to participate in programs under Title IV of the Higher Education Act (HEA) via a completed FASFA.
      • Applicants must be reviewed by Financial Aid to identify any impacts to current or future FA eligibility.
        • Title IV recipients who have borrowed Title IV funds up to their full cost of attendance are not eligible.
        • Title IV recipients who have borrowed less Title IV funds than their full cost of attendance are eligible to receive CARES Act funds up to the amount of their cost of attendance or $2000, whichever is less.
        • If a balance is owed to the University, funds will be directed toward paying the balance.
    • Additional Requirements
      • A completed application form​, inclusive of application essay.
      • Applicants' request forms must be sent from the applicants' TCSPP student email address to the TCSPPstudentfunding@tcsedsystem.edu email address.  Failure to send directly from the applicants' TCSPP student email address may result in the request not being processed.  Additionally, if the email must be resent, the order in which the application is received will be based on the resubmission date.
      • Funds will be awarded based on eligibility on a first-come-first-served basis until funds are depleted.
      • If funds are not depleted after the first round of applications is reviewed, a new round of applications will be accepted, and this process will be repeated until funds are depleted.
      • Applicants who submit an incomplete form may resubmit with the missing information included.  The form will be considered a first-time submission still, but the order in which it was received will be reset to equal the timing of the resubmission.
      • Applicants who are declined because their essay does not adequately support their request for reimbursement may resubmit their application.  The resubmission will be considered a 2nd request.  Priority will be given to first-time requests, and the resubmission will be reviewed in the order it was received after all first time requests have been processed and if funding is still available.​
      • Priority may be given to students who applied for funding from the first installment of CARES Act emergency aid grants but were declined due funds being depleted by the time the application was received.
      • Students may not receive more than one award unless excess funds remain after all first-time requests have been processed.

Examples of Financial Impacts (This list is not exhaustive.)

  • Increased costs or challenges paying for medications or other costs related to medical care
  • Increased costs or challenges paying insurance bills
  • Increased costs or challenges paying utility bills
  • Challenges paying rent, mortgage, or car loans
  • Challenges pa​ying for groceries and household essentials
  • Challenges paying for tuition, fees, or book costs not covered by financial aid
  • Lost income due to impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on employment​

​​Examples of Factors to Consider with Respect to Financial Need

      • Reductions in income level
      • Increases in expenses


​Application Review

For all funding options listed above, a committee will be responsible for verifying eligibility and determining award amounts for qualifying applicants.  Applicants will receive an email with a determination regarding their request by August 10th.  Decisions of the committee are final and may not be appealed. If you have questions about eligibility or how to apply, please direct them to your Student Support Counselor. 


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