How to Apply
You can apply for financial aid by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which is available to everyone regardless of financial need. Using the FAFSA results, our Office of Student Financial Aid will prepare an award letter for you detailing the total amount of financial aid you’ll receive.
Types of Aid
We assist you in paying for your Illinois expenses in many ways:
- Scholarships and grants (54%) are awarded based on factors like academic achievement, talent, leadership, geographical location, field of study, and financial need.
- Loans (41%) must be repaid, usually with interest.
- Student employment (5%) is easy to find at Illinois through Federal Work-Study as well as university hourly and non-university employment.
How We Compare
Illinois strives to keep costs affordable. Not only have merit and need-based aid increased in recent years, but our students also take out fewer loans and graduate with less debt than the national average.
Institutional Scholarships Paid to New Freshmen
Percent of Graduates Who Borrowed a Student Loan
$30,100 average loan debt
$24,488 average loan debt
No need-based financial aid is available to international undergraduates, and F-1 visas allow very limited opportunities for students to work at the university. For this reason, you must have sufficient funds for your entire period of study. However, limited scholarships and loans exist through International Student and Scholar Services.
The Office of Student Financial Aid has details on all things financial aid.