AIM HIGH Program

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 2021-2022 and 2022-2023, 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 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
  • Household income on the FAFSA for the initial year of eligibility may be no greater than six times the federal poverty guidelines as outlined in the chart below.
  • For 2022-2023 Preference will be given to students that have filed a 2022-2023 FAFSA or RISE alternative application by January 5, 2022.
  • For 2021-2022 Preference was given to students that filed a 2021-2022 FAFSA or RISE alternative application by January 5, 2021.
Persons in Family/Household Maximum 2019 Income Maximum 2020 Income
1 $74,940 $76,560
2 $101,460 $103,440
3 $127,980 $130,320
4 $154,500 $157,200
5 $181,020 $184,080
6 $207,540 $210,960
7 $234,060 $237,840
8 $260,580 $264,720
Every Additional Add $26,520 Add $26,880
These awards are renewable and available for up to four years (eight semesters) of continuous full-time enrollment provided:

AIM HIGH renewal awards are contingent on funding availability. Each school must provide new financial aid funding to match the AIM HIGH funding provided by the State of Illinois. The University of Illinois will match the state funding with the Illinois Tuition Grant and Illinois Commitment programs.