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Financial Aid

2018-2019 Cost to Attend

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 and Scholarships will assist you in finding and applying for the right scholarships, grants, work-study jobs and/or loans. During the most recent academic year, we saw more than $100 million in student financial aid processed at EIU.

To view a full breakdown of tuition and fees visit: https://www.eiu.edu/finaid/cost.php

The Guaranteed Tuition Rate Program

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.

*Out-of-State 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 Student Rate

If you’re beyond the reach of our neighbor states, but you have 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 (1240 new SAT combined score).
  • A 3.50 cumulative grade point average on a 4.00 scale.

First-time transfer students meeting these academic requirements can also pay the current in-state tuition rate:

  • A 3.50 cumulative grade point average on a 4.00 scale.
  • Minimum of 15 college-level credits from an accredited college or university.

Our Textbook Rental Service allows you to rent your books rather than buy them, saving the average EIU student around $900 annually.


Tuition per credit hour | $296 Tuition and fees | $11,842 Room and Board | $9,500 Total | $21,342 per year


Tuition per credit hour | $370 Tuition and fees | $14,062 Room and Board | $9,500 Total | $23,562 per year

Types of Aid


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.

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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.

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Student Employment

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 and Scholarships also compiles information about regular on- and off-campus employment opportunities.

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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.

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Veteran Benefits

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.

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Tax Credits

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!

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Pre-Paid Tuition

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.

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Study Abroad

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.

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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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Applying for Aid

School Code:

Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships

Student Services Building
600 Lincoln Avenue
Charleston, IL 61920

Phone: 217.581.6405
Email: finaid@eiu.edu
Hours: 9am – 4:30pm M-F

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 Oct. 1 (a departure from the previous date of 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.

Steps for applying for aid

  1. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) after Oct. 1.
  2. Provide verification materials (if requested by the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships).
  3. Apply to EIU by December 15th to optimize your access to scholarships and financial aid.
  4. Review your Financial Aid Award Letter, which will be mailed after January 1st.
  5. Accept your financial aid in PAWS (Panther Access to Web Services) by May 1st.
EIU Awarded over 132 million in financial aid $100 million dollars in
student financial aid

Student Employment

On-campus employment is one of the most popular ways to help offset the costs of a college education. It also allows you to gain valuable work experience and meet new people on campus. One aspect of on-campus employment is The Federal Work-Study program. Students receiving Federal Work-Study funds must file for the FAFSA, demonstrate need, perform work-study employment for six to eight hours per week, and be paid no less than the federal minimum wage.


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, some scholarship application periods occur during the Fall semester, while others take place during the Spring semester. You should begin your scholarship search early to learn about the available awards and application deadlines.

EIU Scholarship Search

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