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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.

March

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 as a transfer student, so you'll pay the same rate until graduation, as long as you don't exceed four years here. 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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Out-of-state tuition match

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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Scholarships

Illinois State’s Transfer Student Scholarship is a highly competitive and prestigious award. The awards are worth a minimum of $1,000; some are renewable up to two years.

Find transfer scholarships

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Grants

You will automatically be considered for need-based federal, state, and University grants—which you don’t have to repay—when you submit your FAFSA.

Learn about grants

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Loans

92% of Illinois State students who have borrowed federal loans are repaying their debt—much higher than the national average of 66%. 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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