Are you an incoming freshman coming to Eastern in Fall 2019? Check out our Merit Scholarship matrix to see how much you could qualify for!
Current EIU students can check their PAWS account for information and eligibility requirements for the Commitment to Excellence Scholarship.
If you are an Illinois resident and you qualify for one of EIU’s Merit Scholarships, you will receive an additional $500 per year over 4 years. The four-year value of the scholarship for Illinois residents is between $10,000 and $18,000.*
To qualify, you must:
No separate application is required. You will automatically be offered the highest tier Merit Scholarship you qualify for based on your academic criteria when you are admitted to EIU, along with the bonus $500 per year if you are an Illinois resident. The scholarship is automatically renewable for a total of 4 years (8 semesters Fall and Spring).
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 the merit scholarship bonus, you must submit a FAFSA at fafsa.ed.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.
In addition to the qualifications listed above, to receive financial aid from the EIU Merit Scholarship Bonus program, you must also meet the state’s AIM HIGH Grant eligible student requirements. You must:
Any Illinois high school student who graduates in the same year as the scholarship is awarded.
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 Merit Scholarship Bonus is dependent on that grant and on state appropriation annually, although the Merit Scholarships themselves are funded by EIU.
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. https://www.eiu.edu/finaid/policies_census_date.php
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.
* This scholarship is partially funded by the Aim High Grant.