Merit-Based Scholarships

When you apply to Illinois, you’re automatically considered for our merit-based scholarships. Many of these are for freshmen and transfers in any college based on academic excellence, though awards are also given out based on major. See our list.

Need-Based Scholarships

To be considered for need-based scholarships, you need to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). You can also submit a supplemental form for scholarships awarded by the Office of Student Financial Aid. Complete your FAFSA.

Outside Scholarships

You can find national and independently administered awards, along with several free online search services, through our Office of Student Financial Aid. Start searching.

Scholarship & Waiver Policy

Review our scholarship and waiver policy, which ensures that funds are awarded and administered fairly.