Grants are gift assistance which means they do not have to be repaid. You will automatically be considered for need-based federal, state, and University grants when you submit your FAFSA.
The results of your FAFSA determines if you’re eligible for most grants, but others are available for students who have served in the military or are serving in the Illinois National Guard or those who plan to enter a high-demand teaching field.
ISU's preferred filing deadline is November 15th
Your financial need is determined by the results of your FAFSA. For best consideration for need-based grants, file your FAFSA and complete all required steps before our March 1 preferential filing date.
A federal grant for students with significant financial needLearn more
A federal grant to increase aid for very high need studentsLearn more
A State of Illinois grant for Illinois residents with demonstrated financial needLearn more
An institutional grant to increase aid for the highest need students
A State of Illinois program that assists low-income individuals and dislocated workers. Eligible students must have at least junior standing and be enrolled in certain career-oriented programs such as business, construction management, health information management, and several others. You are not automatically considered for Career Link when you file your FAFSA.
For active members of the Illinois National Guard (Army or Air) to cover tuition and some feesApply online
For honorably discharged veterans who meet certain service requirements and lived in Illinois for at least six months before entering the service and returned to Illinois within six months of military dischargeApply Online
For the dependents of veterans who are either Missing In Action, a Prisoner of War, died while on active duty, 100% disabled due to service connected disabilities, or died as a result of a service connected disabilitiesLearn more
For the spouse or child of an Illinois police or fire officer who was killed or became at least 90 percent disabled in the line of dutyLearn more
For the spouse or child of an Illinois correctional officer who was killed or became at least 90 percent disabled in the line of dutyLearn more
These programs are gift aid that do not require the recipient to have financial need; however, repayment is required if the recipient does not complete the required teaching obligation.
A federal program for highly qualified teachers who plan to teach in a high-need field in a low-income areaLearn more
In order to receive the TEACH Grant, you must complete both your FAFSA and Illinois State University's TEACH Grant application.
A state program for students who plan to teach special education in IllinoisLearn more
A state program for underrepresented students who plan to teach in an Illinois school with at least 30% minority enrollmentLearn more
A partnership between the Golden Apple foundation and the state of Illinois which provides awards for students with the promise and drive to be excellent teachers in high-need schoolsLearn more