Illinois State University


Paying for College

This six-page brochure walks you and your family through the process of paying for college. Get all of the information you need to make it happen. Download yours today!

Information Guide

Financial Aid HandbookDownload this guide which explains the types of aid available at Illinois State University.

Prospective Students

Whether you've found the right school for you or you're still considering several options, the costs of college are likely weighing on your mind. No matter what your family’s financial circumstances are, you can find a way to finance your education.

The Financial Aid Office at Illinois State helps thousands of students cover college costs each year. It might not be easy, depending on your situation, but consider it an investment in your future. The average college graduate earns more than $1,000,000 more in a lifetime than a worker with only a high school diploma.

  • Estimate your financial aid options. Loans, student employment, grants, scholarships help many Illinois State students pay for college. Learn more about the programs for which you might qualify. An online calculator such as the U.S. Department of Education's Federal Student Aid FAFSA4caster can give you an idea.
  • Talk with your family. This may be the most important step toward making your college dreams come true. Discuss your post-high school plans with the adults in your life early and often. Recommend they check out the parents section of this web site. If you and your family have saved money to pay for college, now is the time to decide how best to use that money. If not, discuss other options such as student and parent loans.
  • File a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Colleges and universities across the country use the FAFSA to determine student eligibility for financial aid. The FAFSA is available online each year starting January 1.

Tuition Guarantee

At Illinois State, your rate for tuition and fees will be locked in for four years as a new, incoming undergraduate student which allows for long-term planning and peace of mind. Some majors qualify for additional time based on the length of the program.

How does Illinois State University Compare?

We encourage you to compare Illinois State University to other colleges you might be considering. Use the College Scorecard to see how schools measure up!

Out-of-State Tuition Matching

Some out-of-state students qualify for tuition rates comparable to students from Illinois. Students from neighboring states (Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, Wisconsin) and some academically talented students (as determined by the University) are eligible for this savings of approximately $8,000 per year.

Illinois State University

Office of Financial Aid
Hovey Hall 101
Campus Box 2320
Normal, Il 61790
Phone: (309) 438-2231
Fax: (309) 438-3755
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