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Parents are EIU, too…

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First, welcome to the EIU community. Second, relax. We know this chapter of your life as a parent can be stressful, but we will be here with you every step of the way. You can even follow your Future Panther’s application and admission process by linking your email address to their MyEIU account. Simply have them add a family account by clicking on "Your Profile" and then "Account."

In MyEIU, you can keep up with important dates and steps in the admissions process, as well as learn more about Eastern and what we can offer for your child’s future.

If you have questions, do not hesitate to contact the Office of Admissions:

If you have questions, do not hesitate to contact the Office of Admissions: 877-581-BEIU | admissions@eiu.edu

Financial Planning for College

Higher education is a huge investment, but it's one that will pay lifelong dividends for your child. We realize your commitment is enormous, and we take that very seriously. Our Financial Aid office is staffed by caring, trained professionals who will counsel you on your individual situation.

We know almost everyone needs some support. These resources can get you pointed in the right financial direction:

Payment Plans — Looking for a way to make it easier?

Our payment plans are a convenient, flexible and sensible approach to paying for your student’s EIU education. We offer two payment plans, depending on your individual needs.

Option One:

The Panther Open Payment Plan is a flexible, self-managed plan that allows you to make your payments for various amounts at intervals of your choosing.

Option Two:

The Panther Installment Payment Plan provides you with a more structured, monthly payment plan much like other consumer payment plans. A separate contact is required. To learn how you can make smaller, affordable payments instead of paying your bill in one lump sum, visit the bursar's payment site.

Sending a student to college is a huge commitment. But, it’s an investment that will make a profound difference in their future. According to the College Board, full-time workers with bachelor’s degrees earn, on average, $21,900 more per year than those with a high school diploma. The ability to graduate from high school and get a high paying job is largely a thing of the past.

students earn more money

A study at Georgetown University found the typical bachelor’s degree recipient can expect to earn about 74 percent more, on average, than those whose highest attainment is a high school diploma.

Student Support

Dropping your student off at Eastern can be daunting.

All of your efforts to get them here culminate in having to let them go. We realize how difficult that can be for you, and for them. It is, however, an essential life transition that launches your child directly into the adult they will become. You can rest assured Eastern offers plenty of resources to support your student in this transition and to ensure that your child thrives personally and academically while they are here.

Along with providing an enriching academic and personal experience, we strive to make sure every student here is safe, and we accomplish that in many ways:

Notification Systems

Warning notification systems such as the emergency notification siren, Alert EIU (phone text messages), and campuswide email alerts are in place. Students can sign up for Alert EIU (text messages) at www.eiu.edu/alerteiu.

Police Assistance

The university employs a 22-person armed and sworn police force, with members on duty 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. The University Police Department also has mutual aid agreements with both local police and sheriff’s departments and the Illinois State Police.

Additional Resources

Other campus safety resources include campuswide video cameras, 22 emergency call boxes and restricted residence hall access.

After Eastern

Thanks to our Career Services office, students can enter the workforce before they even graduate by attending career fairs, having their resumes reviewed, securing internships, and attending off-campus job fairs.

College graduates are more likely to be employed, even in a tough economy — unemployment for people with bachelor’s degrees is half as high as it is for those with only a high school diploma.

Even better news for EIU students is that our graduates are able to secure jobs in their fields at an impressive rate. Of all our 2016 undergraduates, 94% secured employment in professional positions or made plans to attend graduate school within 6 months of graduation.

94% of our grads are employed in professional positions or made plans to attend graduate school within 6 months of graduation



These important dates and deadlines will keep your future college student on track for a successful first semester at Eastern, and your child's MyEIU account is key to keeping those dates fresh in mind. You can also tap into MyEIU and its customized schedules; just have your student add a parent account.

July 10

Complete your application for admission to Eastern Illinois University. You can sign into MyEIU to complete your application.

October 1

This is the first date you can file your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Complete the FAFSA online as soon as possible on or after this date and be sure to include EIU (001674) as a school of choice.

December 15

This is the EIU priority filing deadline for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Complete the FAFSA online as soon as possible after Oct. 1 and be sure to include EIU (001674) as a school of choice.

April 20

Register online by this date to secure a spot in one of our orientation programs. You can reserve your spot via MyEIU.

May 1

New Student Enrollment Deposit is due by this date for first-time freshmen. You can sign into MyEIU to pay your deposit or learn more about the deposit.

June 12

To assure your fall living arrangements are reserved for you, you'll need to make a $250 housing down payment by this date. You can sign into MyEIU to make your payment.

En Español

Apoyo Financiero

¿Qué es el apoyo financiero? Es una variedad de becas, préstamos, y oportunidades de estudio y trabajo diseñada para ayudar a estudiantes y sus familias en adquirir la mejor educación posible. EIU reconoce que muchos estudiantes y sus familias necesitan algún nivel de ayuda, y busca a asistirles en buenas decisiones financieras.

Para mas información visite la-Oficina de Ayuda Financiera.

Planes de pago en EIU

Nuestros planes de pago son convenientes, flexibles, y sensatos para estudiantes y sus familias. EIU ofrece dos opciones para el pago de matrícula, cuotas, y la vivienda, ajustados a sus necesidades.

Primera opción: El Plan Panther de Pago Abierto es un plan flexible y autoadministrado (autogestionado) que le permite hacer pagos para categorías diferentes a intervalos preferidos.

Segunda opción: El Plan Panther de Pago en Cuotas le permite pagos mensuales parecidos a planes de crédito al consumidor. Se requiere un contrato individual. Para recibir más detalles, favor de visitar la página de la Tesorería de EIU.

EIU ofrece el Plan Panther de Pago Abierto cada semestre. El plan ofrece flexibilidad en el pago de matrícula, cuotas, y la vivienda dentro del semestre. No requiere inscripción separada. La inscripción es automática si su factura no ha sido pagada por completo antes de la fecha de vencimiento semestral. El plan le permite hacer pagos para categorías diferentes a intervalos preferidos. Un cargo financiero de 1% mensual será añadido,. El único requisito es que los pagos sean completados antes de la fecha determinada para el seméstre (1 de noviembre en el otoño, 1 de abril en la primavera y 1 de agosto en el verano). El plan abierto comienza cuando la primera factura para el seméstre es emitida (1 de agosto en el otoño, 1 de diciembre en la primavera y 1 de mayo en el verano). Pagos adelantados son permitidos.

El Costo de Educarse en EIU

Para más información en como completar la FAFSA, por favor visite: http://studentaid.ed.gov/es/fafsa/filling-out

Completando la FAFSA paso a paso. Por favor visite: https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/sites/default/files/2017-18-completing-fafsa-spanish.pdf


Para más información ir a http://eiu.edu/scholarships/.


Las facilidades de alojamiento y comedor ofrecen una gran variedad de arreglos seguros y agradables, ajustados a sus necesidades. Para más detalles, incluyendo esquemas y fotos de las habitaciones e ilustrados de las áreas recreativas y otras comodidades disponibles, por favor visite a www.eiu.edu/housing.

Servicios Estudiantiles

EIU tiene muchos servicios académicos y personales para ayudar a estudiantes a ser exitosos. Los servicios que se ofrecen en EIU incluyen:

Organizaciones Latinas

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EIU auspicia casi 200 organizaciones estudiantiles, incluyendo:

Latin American Student Organization L.A.S.O (Organización de Estudiantes Latinos)

Para más información mandar un correo electrónico a laso@eiu.edu.

Alpha Psi Lambda

Para más información contactar a la Dra. Kristin Routt a keroutt@eiu.edu.

National Collegiate Hispanic Honors Society, Sigma Delta Pi (La Sociedad Honorífica Nacional de Estudiantes Universitarios Hispanos)

Para más información contactar al Dr. Carlos Amaya a ccamaya@eiu.edu.

Spanish Club (Club de Español)

Para más información contactar a la Dra. Kristin Routt a keroutt@eiu.edu.

Visitas a la Universidad

¡Los invitamos a visitar la universidad! Pueden programar una visita a través de MyEIU, hay varias fechas disponibles. Para tours en español por favor llamar a Priscilla Gonzalez al 217-581-5027.

Días importantes

“Open House” Casa Abierta:

Cuándo aplicar para la solicitud gratuita de ayuda federal para estudiantes (FAFSA)? La FAFSA está disponible a principios de octobre de cada año. Es importante llenar la FAFSA lo mas pronto posible para que el estudiante pueda obtener la máxima ayuda financiera.


Associate Degree
grado asociado; título de dos años
conceder, otorgar, adjudicar, conferir; concesión, adjudicación
Award Letter
carta de concesiόn
Bachelor of Arts
título universitario de cuatro años en letras o artes
Bachelor of Science
título universitario de cuatro años en ciencias
Bachelor’s Degree
título universitario (de 4 años), bachillerato
Campus-based aid
ayuda con base en el recinto institucional; ayuda financiera de EIU
Cosigner. Comaker, endorser
aval (codeudor) para un préstamo
Cost of attendance
costo de estudiar
clase; curso
fecha límite, fecha de cierre del plazo
decano; jefe de un departamento académico
Default (be in)
estar en condición de incumplimiento de pago
Default (on a loan)
incumplimiento de pago
Defer, postpone (defer a payment)
aplazar, prorrogar (el pago o reembolso)
aplazamiento de pago
Deferment, economic hardship
aplazamiento por dificultades económicas
título, grado
Degree program
programa conducente a la obtención de titulo
retraso de pago
Dependency status
situación de dependencia
Direct consolidation loan
préstamo directo de consolidación
Direct loan
préstamo directo
desembolsar fondos para estudiantes
Earned income
ingresos del trabajo
avalar endorsar
matricularse, inscribirse
Federal Direct Loan Program
programa federal de préstamos directos; un préstamo ofrecido por el gobierno
Federal Pell Grant
beca federal “Pell”; fondos estatales (dinero gratis)
Federal Perkins Loan
préstamo federal “Perkins”
Federal Plus Loan
préstamo federal “Plus”
Federal Stafford Loan
préstamo federal “Stafford”
Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)
beca federal suplementaria para la oportunidad educativa (dinero gratis)
Federal Work-Study
trabajo y estudio federal
cuota, comisión
Field of study
campo de estudio
Financial aid, merit-based
ayuda económica por mérito/beca
Financial aid, need-based
ayuda económica por necesidad
Financial need
necesidad económica o financiera
indulgencia en un préstamo; dejar de hacer pagos durante un período definido de tiempo o reducir temporalmente los pagos.
Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
solicitud GRATUITA de ayuda federal para estudiantes
Full time enrollment
estudiar tiempo completo; registro de 12 o más horas de semestre
Master's degree
grado de maestría; uno o dos años de estudios adicionales después del título universitario de cuatro años
Promissory note
pagaré; es una promesa escrita para reembolsar un préstamo o deuda bajo términos específicos
Residence hall
residencia estudiantil o dormitorio
Student Air Report (SAR)
Informe de ayuda estudiantil; este informe le llega al estudiante después de llenar la solicitud FAFSA
expediente académico
Work study
programa federal de estudio y trabajo; ayuda a los estudiantes a ganar dinero para pagar sus estudios universitarios