Illinois Commitment

Four years. Free tuition.

Illinois Commitment

In-state students | $61,000 & under family income

Is your family income more than $61,000? See more options.

We’ll cover tuition and fees for up to four years for all qualified in-state students. That’s our mission as a land-grant institution. That’s Illinois Commitment.

How do you qualify?

  • You must be a U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen
  • You’re an Illinois resident (parents listed on the FAFSA are also Illinois residents)
  • Your family income is $61,000 or less
  • Your family’s assets are $50,000 or less
  • You’re under the age of 24
  • You’re admitted as a new freshman or transfer student
  • You attended and graduated from an Illinois high school
  • You must be enrolled in a baccalaureate degree program for at least 12 hours during fall or spring semesters

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*You may also qualify for an application fee waiver. Contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions for details.
**You must submit the FAFSA prior to March 15 to be considered for Illinois Commitment.


Eligible students will receive a financial aid package that provides scholarship and grant funding to cover the full cost of tuition and campus fees not covered by other federal, state, institutional and private awards including the Federal Pell Grant and the State of Illinois MAP Grant. You will be considered for additional financial aid (grants, scholarships, loan and employment) to cover other educational expenses such as room and board, books and supplies, and personal/miscellaneous expenses.

Illinois Commitment does not cover course fees, summer classes, winter classes, intercampus enrollment, concurrent enrollment, study abroad, co-op, internship or other student expenses.

Is Illinois Commitment renewable?

Illinois Commitment is renewable for a total of four (4) years, (eight (8) semesters of continuous enrollment), for new freshman students and for up to three (3) years, (six (6) semesters of continuous enrollment), for new transfer students as long as you continue to meet the following renewal criteria.

  • You must submit a FAFSA by March 15 prior to each academic year.
  • You and your parent(s) must continue to be Illinois residents.
  • Your total family income must be $67,100 or less. 
  • Your total family assets must be $50,000 or less. 
  • You must be making Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) toward your degree.
  • You must be enrolled in at least 12 hours during fall or spring semesters.

Questions?

We’re here to help. Contact the Office of Student Financial Aid.

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