Cost of Attendance

The charts below give a good idea of what it will cost to live and learn at Eastern Illinois University. These charts reflect maximum educational costs allowed for financial aid purposes. In addition to tuition/fees and room/board the cost of attendance includes other allowable expenses such as supplies, travel, and miscellaneous expenses. These are referred to as indirect costs. Supplies, travel, and miscellaneous expenses are not paid directly to the University. Also, room and board for off-campus or commuter students is paid by the student directly to the landlord, property manager, or family member.

Comparing Costs and Financial Aid

There are a variety of tools to use when comparing cost of attendance and financial aid packages from various schools. You may even want to develop your own spreadsheet.

If you would like more information on comparing costs and financial aid, consider using the following tool from College Board - (click on "Compare Aid Awards" under Tools).

Another excellent tool for comparing costs and financial aid is offered through the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC).

Guaranteed Tuition Rate Plan

Effective Fall 2004, Eastern Illinois University implemented a “Guaranteed Tuition Rate Plan." The Guaranteed Tuition Rate Plan provides that tuition for new undergraduate students will remain the same for four continuous academic years. The guaranteed tuition rate period is extended for undergraduate degree programs approved by the University for completion in more than four years. The extension is limited to the minimum number of additional semester(s) to complete the program as approved by the University. The list of programs approved by the University for completion in more than four years is maintained by the Provost. Click here for more information.

Out-of-State Undergraduate Student In-State Tuition

Good news.  If you're an undergraduate student from any of the states which border Illinois -- Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, 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.

Distinguished Out-of-State Undergraduate Student Rate

If you’re beyond the reach of our neighbor states, but are an undergraduate 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:

- A minimum 26 ACT composite (1760 new SAT combined score).

- A 3.50 cumulative grade point average on a 4.00 scale.

International Student Tuition Costs

International student costs can be found on the Office of International Students and Scholars website.
Undergraduate students: http://www.eiu.edu/interntl/ucost.php
Graduate students: http://www.eiu.edu/interntl/gcost.php

Payment Plan

Eastern Illinois University's Payment Plan is administered through Student Accounts.



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Undergraduate 2015-2016 Costs

Cost Item Illinois & Border States** Non-Border States
Tuition Per Credit Hour $285.00 $356.00
Tuition (15 hrs FA and SP) $8,550.00 $10,680.00
Fees $2,469.82 $2,469.82
Textbook Rental Fee* $292.50 $292.50
Room and Board (12+ Meal Plan - Most Popular) $9,176.00 $9,176.00
Estimated 2015-2016 Cost $20,488.32 $22,618.32

* Textbook rental services save an average of $900 annually in textbook costs

** Border states include Missouri, Indiana, Iowa, Wisconsin, Michigan and Kentucky

*** Continuing Education course fees are $44 per credit hour.

Note: International Undergraduate Costs can be found on the Office of International Students and Scholars website. http://www.eiu.edu/interntl/ucost.php

When computing the financial aid budget, we also include indirect costs of $3,280, which includes other everyday expenses students might incur. Examples include: gas money, school supplies, costs for toiletries, etc., or social activities. These expenses vary from student to student and will NOT be charged to the Eastern bill; they can be covered through parental support, student employment, or savings. Please borrow wisely.

Graduate 2015-2016 Costs

Cost Item In-State Out-of-State
Tuition Per Credit Hour $285.00 $684.00
Tuition (11 hrs FA and SP) $6,270.00 $15,048.00
Fees $2,357.82 $2,357.82
Textbook Rental Fee* $214.50 $214.50
Room and Board (12+ Meal Plan - Most Popular) $9,176.00 $9,176.00
Estimated 2015-2016 Cost $18,018.32 $26,796.32

Continuing Education course fees are $44 per credit hour.

Note: International Graduate Costs can be found on the Office of International Students and Scholars website. http://www.eiu.edu/interntl/gcost.php

* Textbook rental services save an average of $900 annually in textbook costs

When computing the financial aid budget, we also include indirect costs of $3,280, which includes other everyday expenses students might incur. Examples include: gas money, school supplies, costs for toiletries, etc., or social activities. These expenses vary from student to student and will NOT be charged to the Eastern bill; they can be covered through parental support, student employment, or savings. Please borrow wisely.