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Cost of Attendance

An education from the Illinois College of Optometry is a wise investment for your future. Dedicated solely to the student of optometry, we assure every penny goes toward making you a well-rounded, totally prepared OD.

2018-19 First Year Tuition and Fees: $42,083

In your first year, you can also expect living expenses (rent, food, transportation, health, personal, etc.) of approximately $2,000 per month. Projected equipment purchases total around $4,000. Both of these numbers can vary based on a number of factors, including where you choose to live and whether you purchase new or used equipment.

Sample Award

A large range of Financial Aid options are available for those that meet the US eligibility criteria. You may receive assistance from loans, work-study employment, and other opportunities. The below Sample Award is a realistic look at how to finance the first year of your ICO education:

 Estimated Federal Assistance1st Year
Campus Employment $3,000
Health Professions Loans $3,000
Federal Direct Loans $40,500
Federal Direct Graduate PLUS $20,850

For a detailed look at payment options, please visit our Financial Aid pages. Additional information about cost of attendance is available in our Consumer Information.

We’re here to help!

To ask questions or refine this estimate to your particular situation, please contact Milissa Bartold in Student Financial Services at any time: 312-949-7441 or