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Keeping talented students at home in Illinois to continue their education is vital to the success of our state. Students who earn degrees in Illinois are more likely to live and work in the state after graduation, strengthening local communities and economies.

We know paying for college can be a challenge.

That is why we have nearly doubled the amount of institutional financial aid awarded over the last decade. And tuition rates set during the student's freshman year are guaranteed for four years at our universities in Urbana-Champaign, Chicago, and Springfield.

We believe an investment in a world-class education here at home in Illinois is an investment worth making—for you, for your family, and for our state.

More than half of University of Illinois System students typically pay less than full cost of tuition because of need- and merit-based aid provided by the university and federal and state grant programs. And our universities are consistently rated as "best value" schools among public institutions nationwide. A recent study estimates the average annual return-on-investment for our students is 15.4 percent.

For more information about scholarships, merit awards, and other types of financial aid at each of our universities, visit:


Each university offers students opportunities to qualify for free or reduced tuition. Some of these featured programs are:

Are you an Illinois resident?

Learn about in-state and out-of-state designations and the requirements for Illinois residency

Tuition and fee waivers

Some students are eligible for tuition and fee waivers that provide financial assistance to students who demonstrate need or hardship, and students with academic talent or special status.