No Barriers: Leading the way to better access and support for low- and middle-income students

Imagine if every deserving student could benefit from the College’s empowering education, regardless of his or her background or economic circumstances and without the burden of acquiring debt. With your investment, innovative University of Chicago programs—Odyssey Scholars, UChicago Promise, and now No Barriers—are making that a reality.

Building on the success of Odyssey and UChicago Promise, No Barriers is a comprehensive initiative to support students in all phases of their education and beyond graduation. Your gift creates expanded opportunities for career development and—for the first time in the College—eliminates all loan requirements for students receiving need-based scholarships.

Odyssey led the way for this groundbreaking initiative with a $100 million gift—the largest ever to the College—by an unnamed alumnus known as Homer. His generosity inspired thousands of alumni, parents, and friends to make gifts that helped eliminate or reduce loans for students most in need.

With No Barriers now extending Odyssey’s support to all students receiving aid, gifts to Odyssey support an expanded program to ensure that low-income students benefit more fully from all the College has to offer, providing guaranteed summer internships and extra funding to make studying abroad affordable.

With your gift, our newest scholarship programs help the College to protect the fundamental values of merit, self-achievement, and disciplined work that have informed the culture of the University since its founding.