The AIM HIGH scholarship is funded by the State of Illinois Aspirational Institutional Match Helping Illinois Grow Higher Education (AIM HIGH) Grant Pilot Program. This program is designed to encourage Illinois students to attend an in-state university, improve college affordability, and reduce student loan debt.
Illinois State University will provide up to $3,000 per year to undergraduate students meeting academic and financial criteria, contingent on the availability of appropriated funds.
- Is a resident of the state of Illinois and attended an Illinois high school
- Is a U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen
- Is enrolled for the first time at Illinois State University
- Is a full-time undergraduate student enrolled in a baccalaureate degree program
- Have not yet received a bachelor’s degree (the equivalent of 135 semester credit hours)
- Not be incarcerated
- Not be in default on any student loan, nor owe a refund on any state or federal grant
- Has at least a 1100 SAT score or 22 ACT score (for incoming freshmen)
- Has a transfer cumulative GPA of at least 3.5 (for incoming transfer students)
- Has filed a 2020-21 FAFSA (preference will be given to those who file the FAFSA by March 1, 2020) and demonstrated need with household income no greater than six times the poverty guidelines as outlined in the chart below:
|Persons in Family/Household||Maximum Income|
|Every additional||Add $25,920|
These awards are renewable and available for up to four years (eight consecutive fall or spring semesters) of full-time enrollment provided the student maintains a cumulative 2.75 grade point average (GPA), meets Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) requirements, and continues to demonstrate need by completing the FAFSA each year with household income no greater than six times the poverty guidelines established each year. GPA is reviewed annually.
Funds are limited and subject to continued state allocations. Each school must provide new financial aid funding to match the AIM HIGH funding provided by the State of Illinois. Illinois State University will match the state funding with the Redbird Scholarship, University Scholarship, and Presidential Scholarship Programs.
If you have questions about the AIM High Scholarship please contact Financial Aid.
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!