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Eastern Illinois University Tuition & Costs

Your Estimated Price

$20,802 Annual Cost to Attend

Cost Breakdown
$8,490 tuition
$9,358 on campus room & board
$300 books and supplies
$2,654 fees
(Based on stats from 2013/2014)

$37,782 Annual Cost to Attend

Cost Breakdown
$25,470 tuition
$9,358 on campus room & board
$300 books and supplies
$2,654 fees
(Based on stats from 2013/2014)
Estimated Net Price
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Average Aid

$2,638 Annual Institutional Aid

Average Aid
93% of students receive aid
42% get federal aid ($4,304 avg)
43% get state aid ($4,210 avg)
57% get institn'l aid ($2,638 avg)
73% get loans ($9,386 avg)

Tuition Trends

Historical Tuition and Fees, with Projected Future Amounts

Future projections are based on past four years' data averaging 3.73% annual change in in-state tuition and fees and 3.70% change in out-of-state tuition and fees. Amounts shown are estimates only and not guaranteed. For a better estimate, contact the college directly.

Financial Aid

Annual Aid Awarded
Average Amount Percent Awarded
Grant or Scholarship Aid $6,050 85%
Federal Grant Aid $4,304 42%
Pell Grants $4,200 41%
Other Federal Grants $2,371 3%
Institution Grant Aid $2,638 57%
State Grant Aid $4,210 43%
Student Loans $9,386 73%
Federal Loans $8,404 73%
Other Loans $11,273 7%

Merit Aid Available

Financial Aid Timeline
Financial aid priority deadline: March 1
Financial aid deadline: -
College will notify student of financial aid decisions on or about: -
Student must reply to financial aid decision by: -
Does Eastern Illinois University offer...
Prepaid Tuition Plan? Yes
Tuition Payment Plan? Yes
Tuition Guaranteed Plan? Yes
Financial Aid Contact Info
600 Lincoln Avenue
Charleston, IL 61920
(217) 581-5000
Costs Per Credit Hour
In State $267
Out of State $809


Student Responses to Review Topic: Bang for the buck
  • 5
  • Brooke from St. Joseph, IL
  • Feb-13-2017 I am a current student here

    Eastern is extremely cheap for the education our students are getting. It is one of the cheapest universities in Illinois and it plans to stay that way. The best part about Eastern is the book rental, it is a quick, easy, and cheap process rather than students having to find and purchase every book. There is a one time rental fee which saves students lots of money.

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  • Brianna from Sherman, IL
  • Dec-01-2015 I am a current student here

    EIU is competitive when compared to schools of similar cost and size. I feel the quality of education I am receiving is worth the money I am paying to attend school here.

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  • 4
  • Helen from Chicago, IL
  • Dec-29-2014 I am a current student here

    Eastern is a excellent choice for getting general education courses out of the way to transfer to a more expensive college.

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  • 5
  • Caitlin from Round Lake Beach, IL
  • Mar-27-2014 I am a current student here

    Eastern provides a bus system to Chicago-area malls over breaks to provide relief for students like me who live very North of the school. It's a round trip ticket that can be purchased on campus and is a huge help for students who get a little home-sick from time-to-time or don't have another mode of transportation over breaks. Eastern is also all about their sports! Football and basketball games are a huge part of our lives! We enjoy being a pridefull school and Friday night games make for great memories. And did I mention, all games are completely free to students? Awesome! Eastern provides a great deal of scholarship and financial aid opportunities on top if it's already incredibly reasonable tuition prices. The board has decided that the 2014-15 school year will be the first year since 1994 that the school has not raised tuition at all.

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  • James from Tinley Park, IL
  • Mar-09-2014 I am a current student here

    EIU is probably one of the most affordable state schools. The one nice thing is that your textbooks are rented here and included in your tuition. This is definitely a plus.

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