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The Office of Student Financial Aid establishes cost of attendance budgets that are used to determine financial aid eligibility as well as to provide students and their families with a reasonable estimate of the cost of attendance at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. These budgets include allowances for tuition and fees, room and board, books and supplies, and other expenses.

Tuition and Fees

Undergraduate students who enrolled at Illinois beginning Summer 2004 or later are guaranteed the same tuition rate for four continuous academic years by the Illinois Truth in Tuition Bill (Public Act 93-0228). The tuition and fee amounts used in the cost of attendance budgets are based on full-time enrollment of 12 or more hours. Tuition amounts for International Students will vary based upon their college and major. Additional information is available from the Office of the Registrar.

Room and Board

The room and board allowance for undergraduate students is based on a double room contract in a University Residence Hall and a meal plan that consists of 10 classic meals and 45 cafe credits. The room and board allowance for graduate students is based on a single-room contract in a University Residence Hall and a meal plan that consists of 10 classic meals and 45 cafe credits.  Other living arrangements (private housing or apartments) may be more or less expensive, so compare the cost of your housing choice to the living expense allowance. Your cost of attendance will not be adjusted for higher room and board or other living costs.

Books and Supplies

Students must purchase their books and supplies. Students should come to Illinois with sufficient funds to buy books, supplies, and any other items necessary to begin the semester, even if the student is expecting financial aid or plans to work on campus. The books and supplies allowance is based on full-time enrollment, but books and supply expenses may vary based on the courses that the student is taking.

Other Expenses

Other expenses include allowances for transportation, clothing, recreation, and other living/miscellaneous expenses. These expenses vary greatly based on the individual student’s lifestyle and the allowance is based on what are considered reasonable, but modest, costs after surveying segments of our student population.