AIM HIGH Grant Requirements
The AIM HIGH Grant program, funded by the State of Illinois, provides merit-based awards to undergraduate students beginning with the 2019-2020 award year. The award is designed to encourage Illinois students to attend an in-state university, improve college affordability, and reduce student loan debt. For 2022-2023 and 2023-2024, the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign will provide $5,000 per year awards ($20,000 over four years) to the top academically admitted new freshmen in-state students in each academic college who meet all of the following criteria:
- Is a resident of the state of Illinois and attended an Illinois high school.
- Is a full-time undergraduate student enrolled in a baccalaureate degree program.
- For the initial year of eligibility, the FAFSA or RISE household income is no greater than six times the federal poverty guidelines as outlined in the chart below.
- For 2023-2024, preference will be given to students that have filed a 2023-2024 FAFSA or RISE alternative application by January 6, 2023.
- For 2022-2023, preference will be given to students that have filed a 2022-2023 FAFSA or RISE alternative application by January 6, 2022.
|Persons in Family/Household||Maximum 2020 Income||Maximum 2021 Income|
|Every Additional||Add $26,880||Add $27,240|
- Maintains a 2.5 grade point average (GPA).
- Meets Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) requirements.
AIM HIGH Grant renewal awards are contingent on funding availability. Each school must provide new financial aid funding to match a portion of the AIM HIGH Grant funding provided by the State of Illinois. The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign will match the state funding with the Illinois Tuition Grant and Illinois Commitment programs.