Investing in a college education is major decision for students and families. Students are likely to turn to you first for advice about paying for college.
Students who start planning for college expenses earlier are more prepared when their first bill arrives. Please encourage your students to:
The first step to getting any kind of financial assistance is filing a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Once a student's FAFSA is processed they will find out which federal, state, and University programs such as loans, work study, and grants they may qualify for. Please remind students to file the FAFSA no later than November 15 (Illinois State's preferred filing date) to be considered for all available funds.
The estimates below are calculated based on a student who takes 15 credit hours each semester, lives on campus with a roommate, and selects the seven-day unlimited meal plan. Books, supplies, transportation, clothing, recreation, and other expenses are not paid directly to the University, but should be considered as you are budgeting.
|Tuition and fees*||$14,062|
|Room and board||$9,850|
* For most students, tuition rates remain the same for four years. Tuition and fees for out-of-state students are $25,170. However, students from neighboring states (Iowa, Indiana, Wisconsin, Michigan, Missouri, Kentucky) and some academically talented students (as determined by the University) are eligible for a rate of tuition equal to students who live in Illinois, a savings of almost $11,000 per year.