Cost & Aid


Review UIUC's estimated expenses, using our cost calculator to explore the differences in cost by major.

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Financial Aid

Not sure how you'll be paying for your educational experience? See how financial aid can help.

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Financial Aid Overview

Get an in-depth understanding of UIUC's financial aid process, what you can expect, and how you can get the most out of your financial opportunities.

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How to Pay for College

Don't be intimidated by the thought of paying for college—we're here to help you break it down.

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Helpful Definitions

Master promissory notes? Rehabilitated loans? 529 savings plans? Don't let unfamiliar jargon keep you from getting the financial aid you deserve.

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The most important thing you can do to be considered for financial aid and scholarships is fill out the FAFSA. It doesn't take long, and it can save you thousands of dollars.

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Fill Out Your FAFSA

The sooner you fill out your FAFSA, the better your odds of receiving grants and other financial aid. Plus, won't it feel good to check that off your to-do list?

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What Is the FAFSA?

The term "FAFSA" is present in all kinds of applications and can have a huge impact on your college experience, but … what is it, exactly?

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Illinois Commitment

If you're an Illinois resident whose family income is under a certain amount, you can qualify for Illinois Commitment. One fourth of all incoming UIUC students have their tuition completely covered by this program—you could be one of them!

See If You Qualify

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Discover how you can be considered for merit-based awards and more at UIUC.

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How Have Students Benefited From Financial Aid?

Financial aid has benefited a huge range of incredible UIUC students, each with their own story to tell. Why not join them?

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A Reason for Being

Faith, a passionate environmentalist, used Illinois Commitment to cover her UIUC tuition and take the first step toward achieving her goals and making a difference in the world around her.

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Paying It Forward

When Arnoldo received a comprehensive scholarship that made his UIUC experience possible, he turned around and created his own scholarship to help other students reach their potential.

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Hop, Step, & Jump

Samuel covered the cost of his UIUC tuition with Illinois Commitment, and went on to become a triple jumper on the track and field team and make a splash in the Gies College of Business.

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