A college education is an investment in your future, and we want you to maximize your return on that investment. We take pride in the quality education we offer at an affordable price, but we understand paying for college is a major financial decision — one of the biggest you'll make in your life.
With that in mind, we are here to help. Our Office of Financial Aid will assist you in finding and applying for the right scholarships, grants, work-study jobs and/or loans. During the 2011-12 academic year alone, we saw $132 million in student financial aid processed at EIU.
The Guaranteed Tuition Rate Program ensures your first-year tuition rate at EIU will remain the same for four continuous academic years. Even if tuition costs rise during your time at EIU, yours will not. This plan applies only to tuition; all other expenses, including fees and room/board, may change.
Good news. If you're an undergraduate student from any of the states which border Illinois – Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Missouri and Wisconsin – there's no extra tuition to pay. You pay the exact same tuition rate as someone from Illinois AND you have the same four-year guarantee for your tuition rate. No jumping through extra hoops to qualify for in-state rates – you're automatically qualified.
If you’re beyond the reach of our neighbor states, but are a student with an exemplary academic record, you may qualify for the Distinguished Out-of-State Student Rate. First-time freshmen meeting these academic requirements can also pay the current in-state tuition rate:
Our Textbook Rental Service allows you to rent your books rather than buy them, saving the average EIU student $600-$800 annually.
Many scholarships are available to you as an incoming freshman at Eastern. Many of them are awarded based on your specific course of study, while others are based on broader criteria. Most are awarded based on high school achievements.
Grants are a type of gift aid that do not require repayment. Each one has unique requirements for eligibility; for need-based grants, eligibility is determined using federal and/or state formulas and the information you provide on your FAFSA.
You may be able to participate in a federal work-study program providing six to eight hours of weekly on-campus employment to qualifying students. The Office of Financial Aid also compiles information about regular on- and off-campus employment opportunities.
If scholarships and grant money aren't enough to cover the cost of your entire education, you may need to look into taking out a low-interest student loan.
Eastern's commitment to supporting the academic success of its veterans, military personnel and their families is made clear by the specialized services and policies it has in place for them. Additionally, the state and federal governments provide numerous financial aid programs for veterans.
Tax credits can be a useful tool for paying off your education expenses; while they aren't the same as financial aid grants or scholarships, they're a big help!
Even if you're not quite ready to start your college studies, a pre-paid tuition savings plan is a great way to prepare for the future! Every state has at least one pre-paid tuition plan in place.
While studying outside the United States is culturally rewarding, you'll also find specific awards and aid in place for those opting to study abroad.
The state and federal governments each have scholarships in place specifically for ROTC students, both with the potential to cover full tuition or room and board.
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Nearly every student is eligible for some form of financial aid. Incoming freshmen should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA, which can be completed online, is regulated by the U.S. Department of Education. Eastern’s school code is 001674; make sure you list us as your first choice!
FAFSAs are accepted beginning Jan. 1 of each year for the upcoming academic year, and aid is distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. For that reason, make sure you apply as soon as possible! You don’t want to miss out on your chance to receive the aid for which you qualify.
By listing a college or university within the state of Illinois, any resident of Illinois will have state aid eligibility computed. The information from the processed FAFSA will be electronically transmitted to the school you’ve listed.
Each year, around 2,500 Eastern Illinois University students are awarded more than $6 million in scholarship money. That's $6 million toward our students' education that they'll never be required to pay back in any way! Regardless of your background and study interests, there are scholarships out there for which you qualify to apply.
These scholarships are offered via EIU's various departments, college and offices; you can use our online scholarship search to learn eligibility criteria and access links to online applications. Eastern also employs a full-time scholarship coordinator to help you make sure you don't miss any awards for which you might qualify.
At EIU, scholarship application periods occur during the Fall and Spring semesters. You should begin your scholarship search early to learn about the available awards and application deadlines.