FAQs for Prospective Students

How can we help?

Please call or email

How do I apply to the program?

Eastern's application is accessible from our website, or we can mail a paper application if preferred. Anyone who previously attended Eastern will not be required to pay the $30 application fee, if they matriculated, as that is a one-time fee. Returning students can mark the fee waiver on the last screen.

In addition to the application, the BGS office will need official transcripts from all the colleges and universities that the applicant attended.

Is this an accredited program?

Yes. It is accredited by the North Central Association of the Commission on Higher Learning.

What are the requirements for admission?

An applicant must be a mature adult. It is recommended that a prospective student have 60 hours of earned college credit at the time of application.

How much does it cost?

Fees include:
~ $30 application fee
~ Tuition costs
~ Off-campus classes include a continuing education fee of $44 per semester hour
~ Textbook rental fee of $9.95 per hour

What can I do with a BA degree in General Studies?

BGS Degree Program graduates are eligible to apply for any position that requires a BA degree. Our graduates can be found in all walks of life and in all kinds of careers.

The majority of BGS graduates enroll in a graduate program.

How can I complete the requirements?

Students can take classes here on Eastern's campus, at many off-campus sites, or by internet.

Can I apply for financial aid or veterans' benefits?

Yes. For more information contact Financial Aid, or visit their website at www.eiu.edu/finaid.