Illinois State University Scholarships
Explore our awards to learn about your financial options.
From scholarships to grants, there are many funding options to make your dream of an Illinois State education a reality. You can see what you qualify for by answering a few quick questions.
Freshmen with a cumulative 3.3+ GPA (4.0 scale) will automatically qualify. This scholarship is valued from $1,000 to $5,000 and is renewable for up to three additional years.
Freshmen with a cumulative 3.75+ GPA (4.0 scale) are invited to apply to this highly competitive award. This scholarship is valued at up to $11,000 per year and is renewable for up to three additional years.
Freshmen from traditionally underrepresented groups or first-generation college students with a 3.5+ GPA (4.0 scale) are invited to apply for this highly competitive award. This scholarship is valued at a minimum of $6,000 and is renewable for up to three additional years.
Five McLean County students will win four years of free tuition based on the student’s leadership, community service, and civic engagement in this county. Available to new freshmen, each of these scholarships carries a present-day value of $50,000.
New freshmen students who have a parent or grandparent that attended Illinois State will receive a $500 scholarship each year for up to four years.
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First-time Illinois State students with a minimum 3.5 GPA and 24 college credit hours completed at another collegiate institution are automatically awarded the Transfer Scholarship. This award is valued up to $3,000.
New transfer students who have a parent or grandparent that attended Illinois State will receive a $500 scholarship each year for up to four years.
Students who meet the Transfer Student Scholarship criteria and are a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society are eligible for this award. This award is valued at $500 per year and renewable for up to two years.
STAR Scholars attending a City College of Chicago will be considered for this award valued at $5,000 per year.
Up to five transfer students from Heartland Community College will receive an award valued at a minimum of $1,000 annually. Some are renewable for multiple years.
These are just a few of our scholarships available to incoming freshmen and transfer students.
In association with Illinois’ AIM HIGH initiative, Illinois State is adding $5.5 million to assist students with financial need through our Redbird Academic Scholarship program. New freshmen with a high school grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale and an SAT of 1200 or ACT of 25 will automatically qualify for a Redbird Academic Scholarship of at least $1,000 and as much as $4,000 per academic year.
For many years, Illinois State has been fully invested in our students with the greatest financial need, and we will continue to provide nearly $13 million in ISU Access Grants annually to serve students from families in the lowest income levels. Combined with MAP and Pell Grants, these students generally pay little or nothing for tuition and fees. In many cases, the Pell Grant can also cover a portion of student's housing charges.
To apply for any of the scholarships listed that you are eligible for, submit your application for admission to Illinois State University. It's that easy!