The 2016-2017 CHA Scholarship Application is now CLOSED

  • The application was open from January 18th 2016 to May 18th 2016.
  • Award notifications will be sent out via email on July 5th 2016.
  • While the application is closed, you can still access your scholarship account and view your application status, click here.

The 2017-2018 CHA Scholarship Application will open in mid-January 2017.  


The college scholarship program is only for current residents of the Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) currently listed on a CHA lease.

The applicant must plan to enroll in an accredited post-secondary institution in the fall of 2016. Accordingly, applicants can include current high school seniors, undergraduate and graduate students continuing their studies, or adults seeking to start a post-secondary program in the fall of 2016.  Scholarships cannot be applied to any past debt with your institution. Proof of enrollment will be required at the time of scholarship award.


CHA plans to award over 200 scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $2,500 based on each applicant’s academic merit, community involvement, essay content and recommendation. A 2.5 GPA or higher is recommended for all applicants. If you have previously received an award through this program and will be continuing your studies in the fall, you will need to reapply in order to receive sustained support.


If you are enrolled or plan to enroll in one of the Chicago City Colleges, CHA has a separate partnership directly with City Colleges that will allow CHA residents to attend their colleges for little or no cost, after financial aid is applied. Due to this special agreement, CHA residents attending one of the City Colleges of Chicago are not eligible to receive the CHA Scholarship and need not apply. If you would like further information on CHA’s partnership with Chicago City Colleges, please click here.

For questions about the CHA Scholarship, please email or call 312.786.3222.