Scholarships for Transfer Students

Panther Promise

Transfer students who anticipate attending Eastern Illinois University will have an opportunity to receive the Panther Promise. This award provides up to $2,500 per year towards tuition or eligible students. To become eligible, student(s) must file a FAFSA and be a first-time transfer student at EIU. Recipient(s) must also meet income requirements, coming from households with an annual income ranging between $33,000 and $67,000. This award is renewed for up to two years (four semesters) as long as the recipient maintains satisfactory academic progress, has full-time consecutive enrollment (fall and spring semesters with 12 or more enrolled hours each semester) and files the FAFSA each year. Those interested in learning more about the Panther Promise are encouraged to contact the Office of Admissions at 217-581-2223.


Transfer Academic Excellence

Tier 1: Eligibility—having a minimum of 15 credit hours transferred from an accredited college or university and a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher. Recipients will receive $2,000 each year of school for up to four semesters provided they maintain a 3.0 at EIU. For more information, contact the Office of Admissions (877) 581-2348/ (217) 581-2223 or email admissions@eiu.edu.

Tier 2: Eligibility—having a minimum of 15 credit hours transferred from an accredited college or university and a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. Recipients will receive $1,000 each year of school for up to four semesters provided they maintain a 2.75 at EIU. For more information, contact the Office of Admissions (877) 581-2348/ (217) 581-2223 or email admissions@eiu.edu.


Phi Theta Kappa

  • One-time award worth $3,000.
  • Fall admission only.
  • Transferable associates degree required.
  • Minimum grade point average of 3.75.
  • Application deadline: early February.
  • Contact: Office of Admissions.
  • Download the application.

Additional Scholarships

You should also check with the department office of your chosen major for additional scholarships available. You can also visit the Eastern Illinois University Foundation website or check out the online scholarship search for more information on the more than 250 scholarships available to EIU students.