EIU will offset the remaining balance of a student’s tuition and fee costs for resident families demonstrating a family income of $61,000 or less.
The EIU Promise program is a new financial aid program that can significantly reduce – and in some cases completely offset – tuition and fees for qualified Illinois students who enroll at EIU starting Fall 2019.
To qualify, you must:
No separate application is required. Just complete your FAFSA requirements and be admitted to EIU by April 1!
No, the State of Illinois mandates require that this program is only available to first-time freshman* undergraduate students starting Fall 2019.
Currently, EIU’s Panther Promise is only available to incoming freshman* students. However, transfer students are eligible to receive other scholarship benefits at EIU.
The full cost of tuition and mandatory fees up to 15 credit hours per semester, including textbook rental fees.
Room and board, course-specific fees such as laboratory fees, study abroad fees, new student program fee and indirect expenses like supplies and travel.
For most students, yes. You can be eligible for the program for up to eight continuous semesters (Spring and Fall) at EIU, as long as you meet the renewal criteria. The program is dependent upon continued state appropriation of associated funds.
To remain qualified after your first year, you must:
Yes, to qualify for this program, you must submit a FAFSA at fafsa.gov starting October 1. We recommend you file your FAFSA as soon as possible, and make sure to include EIU’s school code (001674) on your FAFSA so we receive your information. EIU’s priority deadline is December 15.
Yes. The EIU promise is intended to offset tuition and mandatory fees after all other merit and gift aid is applied to a student’s account. Additional aid such as loans and student employment can also be received in order to assist in paying other educational expenses such as room and board, supplies, and other personal or miscellaneous expenses. Your total financial aid package cannot exceed the cost of attendance.
Adjusted gross income (AGI) is the combined income for you and your family as reported to the IRS on your federal income tax return. It’s on Line 4 if you filed a Form 1040EZ, Line 21 if you filed a Form 1040A, or Line 37 if you filed a Form 1040.
As long as your family’s adjusted gross income does not go above $71,000 after the first year, you’ll still qualify for the EIU Promise. However, if you did not qualify for the program your first year as a freshman, you will not qualify for it in later years, even if your family’s income goes below $61,000.
In addition to the qualifications listed above, to receive financial aid from the EIU Promise program, you must also meet the state’s AIM HIGH Grant eligible student requirements. You must:
In Spring 2018, the Higher Education Working Group—a bipartisan group of Illinois legislators interested in finding common-ground and viable solutions—proposed and passed a new merit-based grant program. That program—the AIM HIGH Grant—was signed into law in August 2018. The EIU Promise Program is dependent on that grant and on state appropriation annually.
You must be registered for a minimum of 12 credit hours by the published census date policy each semester. Full time enrollment is assumed until census date.
Admittance as an incoming freshman is a State of Illinois mandate, not a university statute. Per Illinois Public Act 100-1015,“eligible applicant” is defined as “a student from any high school in [Illinois]...who is engaged in a program of study that in due course will be completed by the end of the school year.”