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. Follow your future Panther’s application and admission process by signing up for your own MyEIU account (coming soon!), linked to your child’s. There, you can keep up with important dates and steps in the admissions process, and 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: 877-581-BEIU | firstname.lastname@example.org
One of the best resources for parent information is other parents! Be sure to get involved with our Official EIU Parents Group on Facebook and Parents Club, and make plans to attend our annual Family Weekend, where you can connect with parents and get a closer look at your student’s life on campus.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
Warning notification systems such as the emergency notification siren, Alert EIU (phone text messages), and campuswide email alerts are in place. You can sign up for Alert EIU (text messages) at www.eiu.edu/alerteiu.
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.
Other campus safety resources include campuswide video cameras, 19 emergency call boxes and restricted residence hall access.
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.
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.
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 Jan. 1 and be sure to include EIU (001674) as a school of choice.
Register online by this date to secure a spot in one of our orientation programs. You can reserve your spot via MyEIU.
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.