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Paying for College

An Illinois State education is one of the best investments you can make for your future.

Illinois State’s high graduation rate and alumni earning power make us one of the best values in the country. In fact, we're ranked the No. 22 Best College for the Money out of more than 1,200 schools across the country, according to USA Today-College Factual.

We know that depending on your family’s financial situation, paying for tuition and fees may not be easy. We are here to help you and your family navigate the process.

First Steps

October 1

First day to file your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).

November 15

Our preferred FAFSA filing deadline.


View your award offer online, which shows your eligibility for federal, state, and University aid programs.

Your Investment

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Tuition guarantee

Your tuition rate is locked in for four years as a new, incoming undergraduate student, which allows for long-term planning and peace of mind. Some majors qualify for additional time.

Tuition and fees

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You're not alone

80% of our students receive financial aid to make their Illinois State dream a reality.

Financial Aid Office

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In-state tuition for out-of-state students

Some out-of-state students qualify for tuition rates comparable to students from Illinois. Students from neighboring states (Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, Wisconsin), high academic achievers, and those with University-defined talent in the fine arts are eligible, saving you around $11,000 per year.

See if you qualify

Your Options

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All freshmen with a 25 ACT (1150 SAT) and a 3.4 GPA received merit-based scholarships in 2016.

Find freshman scholarships

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Illinois State invests $12 million in need-based aid every year, bridging the gap if your state or federal aid comes up short.

Learn about grants

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74% of ISU students who have borrowed federal loans are repaying their debt—much higher than the national average of 46%. Our students find jobs and have low average debt.

Learn about loans

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Working at ISU

Over 6,000 students work on-campus jobs. You can earn enough money to cover personal expenses, buy books, or contribute toward your tuition.

Find campus jobs

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