Guaranteed Tuition Rate Plan FAQ

  1. What is the guaranteed tuition rate plan?

    The guaranteed tuition rate plan provides for a constant tuition rate, as set by the Eastern Illinois University Board of Trustees, for four continuous years beginning with the term of a qualifying student's initial enrollment at Eastern Illinois University.

  2. Who qualifies for the guaranteed tuition rate plan?

    The guaranteed tuition rate plan applies to any undergraduate student admitted 2004 fall semester or after who qualifies for resident or non-resident tuition status at the time of their initial enrollment in one or more credit classes in an undergraduate or certificate program at Eastern Illinois University.

  3. What is the length of the guaranteed tuition rate plan?

    The length of the guaranteed tuition rate plan is four continuous academic years beginning with the term of a qualifying student's initial enrollment at Eastern. Four continuous academic years means any sequential combination of four fall semesters, four spring semesters, and four summer sessions commencing with the semester of initial enrollment. The 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. These programs and the number of additional semesters required are:

    • Special Education/Early Childhood Education Dual/Elementary Education Dual/Secondary Education Dual - 3 additional Semesters
    • Any undergraduate degree program involving teacher certification--1 additional semester
  4. What will happen if I do not graduate before my guaranteed tuition rate plan expires?  

    If you are not enrolled in one of the programs listed as requiring more time to complete, your guaranteed tuition rate plan will expire after four continuous academic years. Upon re-enrollment as an undergraduate following the expiration of your guaranteed tuition rate plan, you will be placed on another guaranteed tuition rate plan but at a different rate. The new tuition rate will be the rate that was in effect the year after your initial enrollment.  If your second guaranteed tuition plan expires you will no longer be eligible for a guaranteed plan.  Your tuition rate will change each year.

    For example: A student who initially entered in the 2006 fall semester, and is not enrolled in one of the programs identified as taking more than four continuous academic years to complete, does not graduate by the end of the 2010 summer session. Upon re-enrollment for the 2010 fall semester, the student will be charged the same rate as students who initially enrolled in 2007 fall semester, and that rate will continue for two continuous academic years.

    5. What if I do not maintain continuous enrollment at EIU?

    Students who withdraw during the term of their guaranteed tuition rate plan retain their original guaranteed tuition rate plan upon re-enrolling as an undergraduate provided their original guaranteed tuition rate period has not expired. Generally, if the original guaranteed tuition rate period expires, the student will be placed on the guaranteed tuiton rate plan established one year after the student initially enrolled. If the student's second guaranteed tuition rate plan period expires, the student will no longer be eligible for a guaranteed rate.

    6. What is the tuition rate for a student who first enrolls as a non-resident and later establishes residency?

    Each guaranteed tuition rate plan has a resident tuition rate and a non-resident tuition rate. A student who first enrolls at the University begins a guaranteed tuition rate plan at the non-resident rate. For the semester immediately following the establishment of residency (as stated in the University Catalog), the tuition rate would switch to the resident tuition rate and continue at that rate for the time remaining in the originally established guaranteed tuition rate plan.

    7. Who can answer my questions about the guaranteed tuition rate plan?

    Contact the Student Accounts Office at (217) 581-3715.

    8. Are there any circumstances that can extend the guaranteed tuition rate plan?

    A student called to active military duty or a student who withdraws for medical reasons in accordance with the University withdrawal policy may be eligible for an extension of their plan. Questions regarding the eligibility for an extension should be directed to the Registrar at (217) 581-3511.

    9. If I am eligible for a guaranteed tuition rate plan, can I opt out and take the continuing tuition rate instead?

    No.

    10. If I attend part-time, will the length of the plan be extended?

    No. The length of a student's guaranteed tuition rate plan is not affected by the number of credits taken in a given semester or whether the student registers and enrolls at all.

    11. How do I know what plan I am on?

    Contact the Student Accounts Office at (217) 581-3715.

    12. If I enroll as a guest student, not admitted to a degree program, will my tuition rate be guaranteed for four years?

    No. Guest (non-matriculated) students are not admitted to a degree program and are not eligible for a guaranteed tuition rate plan. If a guest student subsequently applies for admission and is admitted to a degree program, the student will be placed in the guaranteed tuition rate plan in effect at the time of their first enrollment following admission to the degree program.

    13. How does study abroad affect someone on a guaranteed tuition rate plan?

    The length of your tuition rate plan is not affected if you elect to enhance your educational experience with study abroad.