Expenses & Financial Aid
No matter what your family’s financial circumstances are, you can find a way to manage college costs. It might not be easy, depending on your situation, but consider it an investment in your future.
The Financial Aid Office at Illinois State helps thousands of students finance their education each year.
Your tuition rate is frozen for four continuous years. That means you'll pay the same rate from start to finish, as long as you graduate in four years. Some programs take five or six years to complete, so your freeze rate will extend an additional year or two. For a listing of those programs, see the 5 & 6 Year Major Listing.
The tuition, fees, and other costs listed on the right are estimated for a student from Illinois who lives in a residence hall and takes a classload of 30 credit hours each year. Additional information on calculating tuition is available from the Student Accounts web site.
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 $8,000 per year.
To apply for financial aid at Illinois State, you must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online. The FAFSA is available starting on January 1 each year for the following academic year.
When you file your FAFSA, you'll need a Federal Student Aid PIN which you must request online ahead of time. If you are a dependent student, your parent or guardian must request one, too. Your PIN number allows you to electronically sign your FAFSA.
Be sure to file your FAFSA by March 1 for full consideration for all financial aid programs. If you do, you'll receive your award notice in early April.
For additional information, please visit the Financial Aid Office.