The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign is committed to providing access to quality education for high-achieving students from all backgrounds.
However, current economic circumstances threaten the affordability of higher education, particularly for students from the lowest income levels. With the shift of primary funding for state universities from state support to tuition, the need to maintain access to higher education is particularly pressing.
Illinois Promise began in Fall 2005 to ensure the affordability of higher education for students from the lowest income levels. Illinois Promise assures eligible recipients sufficient grant and scholarship funds in combination with a minimal employment expectation to cover their estimated cost of tuition and fees, food and housing, and books and supplies. Illinois Promise does not provide funding for summer classes.
Students must meet all of the following criteria to be considered for Illinois Promise.
- You and your parent(s) must be Illinois residents.
- You must have attended and graduated from an Illinois high school.
- You must be under the age of 24 and admitted as a new freshman or new transfer student.
- Your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) determined through the FAFSA must equal $0.
- Family income must be at or below the federal poverty level. For the 2022-2023 academic year, please see the 2020 federal poverty guidelines.
- Family income must be at or below the federal poverty level. For the 2023-2024 academic year, please see the 2021 federal poverty guidelines.
- Your total family assets must be less than $50,000.
- You must be enrolled in at least 12 hours during the fall and spring semesters.
- To be eligible for renewal, students must remain Pell eligible, family assets must be less than $50,000, and the parent and student must remain Illinois residents.
To be considered for Illinois Promise, you must submit the FAFSA by March 15 prior to each academic year. There’s no separate Illinois Promise application form; however, once we receive your FAFSA information, we may request and require additional documents to confirm your eligibility criteria.
Illinois Promise will fund the estimated cost of tuition and fees, food and housing, and books and supplies through grants and scholarships and by asking you to work approximately 10 to 12 hours a week. Other expenses aren’t included, nor are the additional costs of special programs such as intercampus enrollment, concurrent enrollment, and study abroad. A loan may be offered to cover personal miscellaneous expenses not covered by other financial aid.
Since you can’t begin employment until you arrive on campus, you’re encouraged to bring sufficient funds to buy books, supplies, and any other items necessary to start the semester. To help, the Illini Union Bookstore (IUB) offers Illinois Promise students the Pay-It-Later (deferred billing) option of up to $600 of required textbooks and supplies per semester. This allows you to get your books before classes begin and defer the bill until the week of midterms.
Illinois Promise funding will be provided to eligible students for 4 years of attendance at Illinois if you continue to meet the program requirements. Annual renewal of the FAFSA is required, and you must meet Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) requirements. As with the tuition guarantee, the 4 years of eligibility for Illinois Promise begins when you enroll at the university and runs continuously.
Students with an extenuating personal situation or academic reason that requires enrollment in summer classes or enrollment beyond 4 years may petition for funding. Be aware that appeals are only approved in highly exceptional situations. Below are the deadlines for submitting an appeal:
2023-2024 Academic year:
- Fall 2023 – August 4, 2023
- Spring 2024 – January 15, 2024
- Summer 2024 – May 3, 2024
The Appeal Form for a 2023-2024 Illinois Promise Appeal may be found here: 2024 Illinois Promise Appeal
2022-2023 Academic year:
- Fall 2022 – August 5, 2022
- Spring 2023 – January 16, 2023
- Summer 2023 – May 5, 2023
The Appeal Form for a 2022-2023 Illinois Promise Appeal may be found here: 2023 Illinois Promise Appeal
- Ilinois Promise
- Illinois Annual Fund
- Office of Undergraduate Admissions
- Office of the Registrar
- 2020 Illinois Promise Annual Report
- 2019 Illinois Promise Annual Report
- 2018 Illinois Promise Annual Report
- 2017 Illinois Promise Annual Report
- 2016 Illinois Promise Annual Report
- 2015 Illinois Promise Annual Report
- 2014 Illinois Promise Annual Report
- 2013 Illinois Promise Annual Report
- 2012 Illinois Promise Annual Report
- 2011 Illinois Promise Annual Report
- 2010 Illinois Promise Annual Report
- 2009 Illinois Promise Annual Report
- 2008 Illinois Promise Annual Report
For questions related to the I-Promise financial aid and eligibility:
Office of Student Financial Aid
For questions related to the Illinois Promise program:
Scholar Support Programs