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Colleges / Eastern Illinois University

Eastern Illinois University

Charleston, IL 4-Year Public
Acceptance Rate68%
Acceptance Rate68%

Eastern Tuition Information

In 2022, tuition for full-time students at Eastern was $9,709 a year for in-state students and $12,136 a year for out-of-state students.

On average, college tuition goes up about 3% every year.

If this information makes going to college feel scary, remember, the total cost of tuition isn't the final cost for attending college. Many students pay way less than the sticker price after grants, scholarships, and tuition discounts are awarded. Plus, student loans can make thecost of college feel more doable until after graduation.

International students can expect to pay 12,136 per year for tuition at Eastern Illinois University.

Eastern Illinois University meets 60% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student at Eastern Illinois University is around $17,290 a year.

The average student debt for graduates in the class of 2023 was around $28,961 per student, not including those with no debt.

In-state vs. Out-of-state Tuition at Eastern Illinois University

Eastern Illinois University is a public, state institution, so it offers a reduced tuition rate of $9,709 for students who qualify as state residents and attend full-time.Non-Illinois residents can expect to pay 12,136 per year for tuition.

Public colleges and universities receive funding from the state government. Public, state schools can offer lower tuition for students who meet the requirements for in-state residency.

Choosing a college where you qualify for in-state tuition can drastically reduce the cost of tuition, as well as loans and interest owed. Don't forget to verify your state's eligibility criteria for in-state tuition. Every state has its own rules about what makes someone eligible for in-state tuition. Most states require students to have resided in the state for a certain period of time before qualifying. There may be other criteria too, depending on the state you and your parents currently live in.

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Tuition for International Students at Eastern Illinois University

Eastern Illinois University has the same tuition for international students as for those from out of state.

International students at Eastern Illinois University can expect to pay around $12,136 per year, before any scholarships or financial aid.

International students are not eligible for federal financial aid, but should research private or Eastern Illinois University-specific aid and scholarships.


Eastern Illinois University Housing Expenses, Fees, and More


Tuition is not the only cost of attending college; room and board, books, transportation and fees are also costs it consider when planning for college. Let's take a look at what impacts these costs, and what to expect at Eastern Illinois University.

Room and Board Costs at Eastern Illinois University

Housing and campus dining at Eastern Illinois University costs $10,812 a year. This number covers the cost of living in dorms or other on-campus housing, and a dining plan that enables you to eat all or some of your meals the school dining halls. Students who do not live on-campus but would like to be able to eat in the campus dining can pay for a meal plan. The cost of a mean plan, or board-only, is $6,678.

Board costs can depend on how many meals are included in the plan you choose.

Cost of Books at Eastern Illinois University

The cost of books often surprises first-year college students. The real cost of books and supplies depends on the courses you take and the materials required. To save money, many students choose to use books from the library or buy used textbooks and materials.

Yearly Fees

The majority of colleges also have fees to help cover the cost of facilties, like the library, gym and computer labs.

Keep in mind, there could also be additional fees associated with participating in certain activities, like joining a fraternity or sorority, or playing on an intramural sports team. Most colleges have resources for students with demonstrated need to get help covering these costs.

Transportation costs

The cost of getting around in college can really vary. Will you drive, fly, or take public transportation to school? Will you need to pay to park on-campus? Is the campus easy to get around on foot? Do you plan to bring a car or will you need to use busses, subways, or other modes of transportation? All of these questions can make a big difference in your estimated cost of transportation. At Eastern Illinois University, freshman are allowed to park on campus.

A school's location can impact transportation costs. Small, rural schools may be easier to get around, but the cost of getting to campus may be higher. On the other hand getting around in an urban area is sometimes expensive, but there may be more trains, busses and affordable flights to actually get to school. Eastern Illinois Universityis in a town in Illinois.

Other Costs

When budgeting for college, don’t forget to consider the cost of things like going out to eat or see shows, furnishing your living space, and things like haircuts, clothes and, yes, even toilet paper and shampoo.


Financial Breakdown for Eastern Illinois University


Now, let’s do a rundown of all of the costs associated with college, to get a better estimate of how much students can expect to shell out for Eastern Illinois University.

Total Cost of Eastern Illinois University

What will the cost of attending Eastern Illinois University be? Here is a breakdown of tuition and expenses.

2023 Total Tuition and Expenses
In-state Tuition $9,709
Out-of-State Tuition $12,136
Room and Board $10,812
Board Only $3,664
Other expenses $1,940

The total estimated cost will vary depending on whether you are going to live on-campus or off-campus.

Tuition and fees may vary depending on program, course level, location, and more.

Eastern Illinois University’s tuition and fees change based on: •Course load for both full and part-time students


Eastern Illinois University Financial Aid


In 2023, 2,805 of the 6,922 undergrads enrolled received financial aid. Eastern Illinois University meets 60% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates.

The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $17,290 a year. Around 79% of Eastern Illinois University undergrads take out student loans to cover any remaining costs. Eastern Illinois University graduates who have student loans graduate with an average of $28,961 of student loan debt.

The average debt for each loan type varies.

Average Debt By Loan Type
Federal Loans $24,162
Private Loans $20,923
Most Common Loans for Eastern Illinois University Students
Federal Loans 77%
Private loans 20%

Most students take out institutional or government loans, because they tend to have lower interest rates and more flexible repayment options than private loans. Loans from the federal government can be subsidized or unsubsidized. Subsidized loans do not accrue interest during school, while unsubsidized loans begin accruing interest at the time the loan is issued. If students do no qualify for enough federal loans to cover the cost of tuition, some take out private loans. Parents can also take out ParentPLUS loans, which are government loans for parents who are helping their children pay for college.

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) helps colleges determine how much financial need students and their familes have, so they can offer a financial aid package that meets, or come close to meeting, their need. For more information on Eastern Illinois University financial aid, keep reading, or visit their financial aid website.

Scholarships at Eastern Illinois University

Some students may receive grants and scholarships to help pay for college. Unlike loans, scholarships and grants do not have to be paid back.

In 2023, Eastern Illinois University awarded 2,307 need-based scholarships to students, giving away total of $34.6 million to help students with financial need cover the cost of school. An additional $3.97 million in merit-based scholarship money was awarded to students without demonstrated financial need.

Eastern Illinois University Net Cost

The net price of college is the actual cost of attending a school for one year. Net cost is calculated by subtracting any scholarships, grants or other aid that does not need to be paid back from the total cost. Student loans are not part of the calculation, because they need to be repaid.

Now that we have a sense of the total estimated costs for Eastern Illinois University students, we can subtract the average financial aid package to find the estimated net cost. Net cost can vary depending on a students’ need and the financial aid award received.

When considering whether a school fits your budget, it is important to consider the estimated net cost, not just the sticker price of tuition. Often, schools with the highest tuition also offer the most generous aid packages, so estimate your net cost before eliminating a school because it does fit your budget.

The average amount of financial aid received by a full-time first year student with demonstrated need at Eastern Illinois University was $17,290 in 2023. By substracting the average financial aid package from the estimated costs, we get a number that may make the cost of Eastern Illinois University seem more manageable.

Estimated Net Cost for Full-Time Students
In-State, On-Campus $-8,727
Net In-state, Off-campus $1,415
Out-of-State, On-Campus $10,990

Note: a negative number can indicate that a refund will be given to use toward other expenses such as housing, fees, and books. In such cases, be sure to reach out to the school directly for any clarification or questions.

What will attending Eastern Illinois University really cost you? The answer depends on several factors.

As of 2011, colleges are required to have a net price calculator on their website to help prospective students and their families get a better idea of the actual cost of attending that school, based on their financial situation. You can find the Eastern Illinois University's net cost calculator on their website.

Eastern Illinois University Tuition Payment Plans

Some students choose to use payment plans to make the cost of tuition fit more comfortably in their budget.

Students cannot pay tuition in installments. Contact the financial aid office to verify this and discuss options.

Does Eastern Illinois University Offer Tuition Waivers?

Schools sometimes waiver tuition for certain groups, to reduce the total cost of attendance. Some colleges offer tuition waivers for employees and their family members, underrepresented students, or military students. Even with a tuition waiver, students are usually responsible for housing, meal plans, and other expenses.

Eastern has some full or partial tuition waivers available for: - Employees or Children of Employees

Check the financial aid website for more information on payment plans and tuition waivers.

Eastern Illinois University's Endowment

An endowment is the total value of a school's investments, donations, and assets. Endowment is not necessarily an indicator of the quality of a school, but it can give you a sense of how much money a college can afford to invest in expanding programs, improving facilities, and supporting students.

As of 2022, the total market value of Eastern Illinois University's endowment was $93.6 million. The average college endowment was $905 million in 2021. For each full-time student, Eastern Illinois University spends about $10,573 a year.


Learn More About Eastern Illinois University


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Eastern Tuition & Fees

Tuition & Fees

$23,913

In State

$26,340

Out-of-State
Cost Breakdown
In State
Out-of-State
State Tuition
$9,709
$12,136
Fees
$3,392
$3,392
Housing
$10,812
$10,812
Books
Unknown
Unknown

Eastern Financial Aid

Students Who Receive Need-Based Aid

58%

Average Financial Aid Package

$16,088

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

Quick Facts

Total Enrollment

8,857

Campus Setting

Small Town

Acceptance Rate

68%

Tuition and Fees

In State

$13,101

Out-of-State

$15,528

Fall Freshmen
Application Deadline

Continuous processing
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