Freshmen and new transfer students who anticipate attending Eastern Illinois University will have the opportunity to apply for the Panther Promise.
"We're pleased to help students with a resource that makes earning a degree more affordable for Illinois students," stated Eastern President William Perry.
This award is renewed for up to four years (eight semesters) as long as the recipient maintains satisfactory academic progress with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better, has full-time consecutive enrollment (fall and spring semesters with 12 or more enrolled hours each semester) and files the FAFSA each year.
To be eligible, students must file a FAFSA form each year and be first-time freshmen or first-time transfer students at EIU. Students must also meet income requirements to be eligible. For 2017-2018 the Panther Promise is available to students from households with an annual income ranging from $30,000 to $73,000. Numerous scholarships and grants remain available for students from households in other income ranges.
"Accessibility and affordability are at the core of the Illinois Public Agenda for College & Career Success. The Panther Promise Award creates an additional resource for students who need assistance paying for college," Perry added.
Students or parents who are interested in learning more about the Panther Promise Award may contact the EIU Office of Undergraduate Admissions toll free at 877-581-2348.
To learn more about the many types of aid available, please visit http://www.eiu.edu/finaid/.