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EIU Office of Financial Aid

Cost of Attendance

The charts below give a good idea of what it will cost to live and learn at Eastern Illinois University. These charts reflect maximum educational costs allowed for financial aid purposes. In addition to tuition/fees and food/housing (living expenses) the cost of attendance includes other allowable expenses such as supplies, travel, and miscellaneous expenses. These are referred to as indirect costs. Supplies, travel, and miscellaneous expenses are not paid directly to the University. Also, living expenses for off-campus or commuter students are paid by the student directly to the landlord, property manager, or family member.

Comparing Costs and Financial Aid

There are a variety of tools to use when comparing cost of attendance and financial aid packages from various schools. You may even want to develop your own spreadsheet.

If you would like more information on comparing costs and financial aid, consider using the following tool from College Board - (click on "Compare Aid Awards" under Tools).

Another excellent tool for comparing costs and financial aid is offered through the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC).

Guaranteed Tuition Rate Plan

Effective Fall 2004, Eastern Illinois University implemented a "Guaranteed Tuition Rate Plan." The Guaranteed Tuition Rate Plan provides that tuition for new undergraduate students will remain the same for four continuous academic years. The guaranteed tuition rate period is extended for undergraduate degree programs approved by the University for completion in more than four years. The extension is limited to the minimum number of additional semester(s) to complete the program as approved by the University. The list of programs approved by the University for completion in more than four years is maintained by the Provost. Click here for more information.

Out-of-State Undergraduate Student In-State Tuition

Good news. If you're an undergraduate student from any of the states which border Illinois – Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri and Wisconsin – there's no extra tuition to pay. You pay the exact same tuition rate as someone from Illinois AND you have the same four-year guarantee for your tuition rate. No jumping through extra hoops to qualify for in-state rates – you're automatically qualified.

Distinguished Out-of-State Undergraduate Student Rate

If you’re beyond the reach of our neighbor states, but are an undergraduate student with a 3.0 GPA or higher on a 4.0 scale, you qualify for the Distinguished Out-of-State Student Rate.

If you do not meet the required GPA standard you can fill out a request for consideration which will be reviewed and assessed to determine if you will qualify for the in-state rate.

International Student Tuition Costs

International student costs can be found on the Office of International Students and Scholars website.
Undergraduate students:
Graduate students:

Payment Plan

Eastern Illinois University's Payment Plan is administered through Student Accounts.

Diplomas are held for students with an outstanding balance owed to the university. EIU fully supports Public Act 102-0998. The Student Debt Assistance Act and the subsequent amendment, Public Act 103-0054, which includes provisions for releasing a diploma to students with a financial hold. If requesting your diploma based on one of the exemptions detailed in Public At 103-0054, please complete and return this request form to the Office of the Registrar.

Details concerning placement of holds that block registration may be found in IGP 64 - Registration Holds. The lowest amount of debt assigned to a third-party debt collection agency is $1,000.00. Information concerning student lending protections through the Illinois State Attorney General’s Office may be found at this link. Students seeking to file a complaint with the university may do so at this link.

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Undergraduate 2023-2024 Costs

Cost Item Illinois, Border States, & Distinguished Out-of-State Students (learn more) Non-Border States
Tuition Per Credit Hour $330.10 $412.63
Tuition (15 hrs FA and SP) $9,903.00 $12,378.90
Fees $3,427.54 $3,427.54
Textbook Rental Fee* $292.50 $292.50
Food and Housing (12+ Meal Plan - Most Popular) $10,862.00 $10,862.00
2023-2024 Cost $24,485.04 $26,960.94

When computing the financial aid budget which is an estimated average of 3 years costs, we also include additional meals not included in the meal plan to allow for 3 meals a day, and other indirect costs, which includes other everyday expenses students might incur. Examples include: gas money, school supplies, costs for toiletries, etc., or social activities. These expenses vary from student to student and will NOT be charged to the Eastern bill; they can be covered through parental support, student employment, or savings. Federal loan fees of $100 are also allowed in the budget. Please borrow wisely.

Graduate 2023-2024 Costs

Cost Item In-State Out-of-State
Tuition Per Credit Hour $335.85 $806.04
Tuition (11 hrs FA and SP) $7,388.70 $17,732.88
Fees $3,303.70 $3,303.70
Textbook Rental Fee* $214.50 $214.50
Food and Housing (12+ Meal Plan - Most Popular) $10,862.00 $10,862.00
2023-2024 Cost $21,768.90 $32,113.08

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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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