EIU Aim High Scholarships

EIU's financial aid programs can significantly reduce - and in some cases completely eliminate - tuition and fees for qualified Illinois students who enroll at EIU.

EIU Promise Program

EIU will reduce the cost of your remaining tuition and required fees to $0 if you meet all of these criteria:

  • Your family's annual income is $63,575 or less

  • You are an Illinois resident and current high school student

  • You have a minimum 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale

  • You are admitted to EIU as a full-time incoming freshman (maximum 15 credit hours)

  • You have your EIU financial aid packaged and completed by April 1

  • You meet all other AIM HIGH Grant requirements

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EIU Promise
EIU Cost Match

EIU Cost Match

EIU will match the out-of-pocket cost of attendance of any regionally accredited public university in the United States (outside Illinois). To qualify, you must:

  • Submit a Financial Aid award letter from a qualifying university

  • Be a resident of Illinois, with at least one parent (listed on your FAFSA) also an Illinois resident

  • Have a minimum 3.3 GPA (on a 4.0 scale)

  • Have your financial aid packaged and completed by June 1

  • Meet all other AIM HIGH Grant requirements

Full Requirements and FAQs

Freshman AIM High Bonus

You will automatically receive EIU’s AIM High Bonus of $500 per year over 4 years if:

  • You are an Illinois resident and current high school student

  • You have your financial aid packaged and completed by June 1

  • You have a minimum 3.3 GPA (on a 4.0 scale)

  • You are admitted to EIU as a full-time incoming freshman

  • You meet all other AIM HIGH Grant requirements

Full Requirements and FAQs

Transfer AIM High Bonus

You will automatically receive EIU’s AIM High Bonus of $500 per year over 2 years if:

  • You are an Illinois resident

  • You are admitted to EIU as a full-time incoming transfer student

  • You have a minimum 3.3 GPA (on a 4.0 scale)

  • You have your financial aid packaged and completed by June 1

  • You meet all other AIM HIGH Grant requirements

Full Requirements and FAQs

Why Choose EIU?

Still No. 1!

The latest U.S. News & World Report college rankings are out, and EIU still rates higher than any other public regional university in Illinois.

150 Undergraduate Major and Minor Options

If you already know what you’d like to study, we have the specialties you’re looking for. If not, rest assured that you’ll have the chance to discover the possibilities at EIU.

91% Placement Rate

91% of undergraduates secured employment in professional positions or made plans to attend graduate school by the end of the year.

A Campus that Feels Like Home

Visit Eastern during an open house to see what our campus is like on a typical class day.

98% of Classes are Taught by Faculty

98% of classes are taught by faculty, not graduate assistants like at larger universities.

Safe and Sound

Charleston was ranked as the second-safest college town in America! Just another reason every day is a great day to be a Panther!

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We're All in For You

You deserve a campus that feels like home. Professors who are ALL IN for your success. A university that propels you further than you ever thought possible. At Eastern Illinois University, we know that with the right support and opportunities, you can open up a lifetime of possibilities. We're ALL IN for you! Let's do this ... together!

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