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EIU Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships

Important Notices

Summer 2024 Financial Aid

Students attending in summer must complete the 2023-2024 FAFSA as well as our online form to apply for summer financial aid.

2024-2025 EIU Financial Aid Estimate

Waiting for your financial aid award letter? We can help! Use the tools and contact information available here to get a better idea of what it will really cost to attend EIU.

2024-2025 Financial Aid and Scholarships - Apply Now!

The Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships encourages all students to apply early for financial aid and scholarships. To ensure full consideration for aid, submit your FAFSA as soon as possible and search for scholarships using our scholarship search engine. We recommend filing by March 15 in order to meet possible state deadlines. If you need more information on how to apply, please visit the links below:

Our federal school code is 001674.

NEW Federal Student Aid Estimator

The Federal Student Aid Estimator is a free tool that helps students quickly calculate the amount of financial aid they may be eligible to receive.

Anyone can use the Federal Student Aid Estimator, which is available in English and Spanish. Users don’t have to be logged in to receive an estimate of their aid eligibility.

The Federal Student Aid Estimator also provides students with information about the Student Aid Index (SAI) and its role in determining their federal student aid, and a link to the College Scorecard to help them find the college or career school that’s the best fit for them.

In the Federal Student Aid Estimator, users enter information in three short sections—student, household, and financial—and the tool instantly displays estimated results.

Students will receive a nonbinding estimate of their SAI, along with estimated eligibility for Federal Pell Grants, work-study funds, and federal student loans.

Helpful Videos from Federal Student Aid

To find out how to complete various processes for financial aid, watch a YouTube video here.

Don’t Be Fooled By SCAMS

Protect your PRIVATE INFORMATION and reduce your risk of IDENTITY THEFT.

With the new simplified FAFSA, we are noticing an increase in ads for maximizing financial aid and/or assistance with student loan forgiveness.

You never have to pay for help with federal student aid, whether it is completing the FAFSA or inquiring about eligibility or applying for a student loan forgiveness program.

Professional Judgment Information

At Eastern Illinois University, we understand how COVID-19 has impacted wages, savings, financial security, and the ability to pay for life’s extras. Because of this, the two-year-old financial information you provided on your Free Application for Federal Student Aid, may not accurately reflect yours or your parent’s financial situation this current year.


If you are:

We may be able to REDUCE your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) which could INCREASE YOUR ELIGIBILITY for MORE GIFT AID. (That is FREE MONEY!)

Please note: If your FAFSA information has already resulted in a ZERO EFC, a Professional Judgment cannot be processed. You may find your EFC on your Student Aid Report, on your award letter, or by contacting our office.


Our staff is happy to help if you have any questions. Call 217-581-6405 or email

Related Pages

Veterans Services Staff List Student Aid on the Web Illinois Student Assistance Commission Financial Awareness Counseling Student Consumer Information EIU Scholarships Search Engine Literacy in Financial Education Center FAFSA

Contact Information

Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships

Student Services Building East Wing
600 Lincoln Avenue
Charleston, IL 61920
(217) 581-6405
Fax: (217) 581-6422

Office Hours

9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. M-F

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