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 2019-20 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 poverty guidelines as outlined in the chart below.
  • Preference will be given to students that have filed a 2020-21 FAFSA by January 5, 2020.
Persons in Family/Household Maximum Income
1 $72,480
2 $98,760
3 $124,680
4 $150,600
5 $176,520
6 $204,440
7 $228,360
8 $254,280
Every Additional Add $25,920

These awards are renewable and available for up to four years (eight semesters) of continuous full-time enrollment provided:

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.