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 2019-20 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 2021-22, 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 U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen
- Is a full-time undergraduate student enrolled in a baccalaureate degree program
- Household income no greater than six times the federal poverty guidelines as outlined in the chart below.
- Preference will be given to students that have filed a 2021-22 FAFSA or RISE alternative application by January 5, 2021.
|Persons in Family/Household||Maximum Income|
|Every Additional||Add $26,520|
These awards are renewable and available for up to four years (eight semesters) of continuous full-time enrollment provided:
- student maintains a 2.5 grade point average (GPA).
- student meets Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) requirements.
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.