Illinois Commitment

Our commitment is to make the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign more affordable for its students.

If you’re an Illinois resident who was admitted as a new freshman or new transfer student for Fall 2019 or a subsequent semester and your family makes $67,100 or less and has $50,000 or less in family assets, you may be eligible 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.

Application Process

To be considered for Illinois Commitment, you must submit the FAFSA by March 15 prior to each academic year. There’s no separate Illinois Commitment application form; however, once we receive your FAFSA information, we may request and require additional documents to confirm your eligibility.

Eligibility Criteria

You must meet all of the following criteria to be considered for Illinois Commitment. 

  • You must be a U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen.
  • You must have attended and graduated from an Illinois high school.
  • You and your parent(s) must be Illinois residents.
  • You must be under the age of 24 and admitted as a new freshman or new transfer student for Fall 2019 or a subsequent semester.
  • Your total family income must be $67,100 or less.  
  • Your total family assets must be $50,000 or less.
  • You must be enrolled in a baccalaureate degree program for at least 12 hours during fall or spring semesters.

Renewal Criteria

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 $73,810 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.