Application Fee

New students are required to submit a $50 nonrefundable application fee or documentation for an application fee waiver. Your application will not be processed until the application fee or fee waiver verification is received. This fee or waiver must be received by the supporting document deadline.

The fee will not be returned to applicants who are denied admission or applicants who fail to submit the necessary information for an admission decision.


Some applicants may qualify for a fee waiver:

  • Those who may qualify for an economic hardship waiver
  • Veterans or active military service personnel
  • Former Illinois State students returning to the same degree level
  • Permanent employees and retirees of Illinois State University

The fee can be waived for students qualifying for economic hardship in one of two ways:

  • High school counselors or community college advisors may verify an economic hardship fee waiver using our fee waiver form.
  • Students may submit a copy of their FAFSA Student Aid Report (SAR) showing their Expected Family Contribution is zero.

These documents should be emailed from the high school counselor's, community college advisor's, or financial aid representative's professional email account to or faxed to (309) 438-8192.