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Financial Aid

We'll help you afford your education.

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.

Complete the FAFSA

Types of Aid

We assist you in paying for your Illinois expenses in many ways:

graph with the kinds of aid Illinois provides
  1. Scholarships and grants (54%) are awarded based on factors like academic achievement, talent, leadership, geographical location, field of study, and financial need.
  2. Loans (41%) must be repaid, usually with interest.
  3. Student employment (5%) is easy to find at Illinois through Federal Work-Study as well as university hourly and non-university employment.
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Last year, we administered
$414M
to 70% of students

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

Institutional scholarships paid to new freshmen

Percent of Graduates Who Borrowed a Student Loan

68% of national graduates borrowed a student loan

National Graduates
$30,100 average loan debt
(per borrower)

46% of Illinois graduates borrowed a student loan

Illinois Graduates
$24,488 average loan debt
(per borrower)

International Students

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.

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More Info

The Office of Student Financial Aid has details on all things financial aid.