Chicago Housing Authority Scholarship Program

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BEYOND CITY COLLEGES OF CHICAGO, DOES CHA OFFER SCHOLARSHIPS TO 2 & 4 YEAR COLLEGES? 

The 2020-2021 CHA Scholarship Application OPENS on January 14th 2020. To start your application, CLICK HERE.

If you are asked for a Program Key on the application, it is CHA.

Your complete application must be received by midnight (central time) on May 14th 2020 for consideration.

Awards are decided by the first week of July, with award checks delivered for Fall Semester 2020.

FOR CHA RESIDENTS

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 2020. Accordingly, applicants can include current high school seniors, undergraduate students continuing their studies, or adults seeking to start a post-secondary program in the fall of 2020.  Scholarships cannot be applied to any past debt with your institution. Proof of enrollment will be required at the time of scholarship award.

FOR STUDENT SUCCESS

CHA plans to award over 250 scholarships ranging from $1,000 based on each applicant’s academic merit, community involvement, and essay content.  A 2.0 GPA is required; 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.

PLEASE NOTE

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 education@thecha.org or call 312.786.3222.