You must meet all eligibility criteria to be eligible for financial aid, including establishing the minimum enrollment requirement.

Type of AidAdditional Information/Minimum Enrollment Requirement
Federal Pell GrantMinimum Enrollment Requirement: Varies based on Expected Family Contribution (EFC) which affects amount offered. Some students are eligible for Federal Pell Grant at a less than half-time enrollment status; eligibility varies. Your Federal Pell Grant amount is prorated based on your actual enrollment status.

Undergraduate students who are eligible to receive a Federal Pell Grant according to the EFC calculated on the 2022-2023 FAFSA will have their eligibility recalculated up to the day of the financial aid recalculation date. Amounts offered will count towards the student's Pell Lifetime Eligibility Used (maximum lifetime limit).
State of IL MAP Grant (Est)Minimum Enrollment Requirement: Undergraduate students receiving IL MAP Grant (Est) must be enrolled in a minimum of 3 credit hours in order to be eligible. This is verified after the financial aid recalculation date.

State of IL MAP Grant (Est) is prorated based on credit hours enrolled. Students enrolling in less than 15 credits will receive a prorated amount. Final eligibility is determined on the financial aid recalculation date. MAP grants paid will count towards the student’s maximum MAP Paid Credit Hours, capped at 135 credits.

Please note that MAP Grants may only be used toward tuition and mandatory fees. Therefore, the MAP Grant interacts with many other tuition waivers, veterans/military benefits, and other grants specified for tuition and fees only. Full details available on the ISAC website.
UIS ScholarshipsMinimum Enrollment Requirement: Most are based on full-time enrollment.

Merit, or academic, scholarships offered and administered through UIS will automatically be credited to your student account.
Capital Scholars Honors ScholarshipsMinimum Enrollment Requirement: Full-time enrollment is generally required; however, the CAP Honors office may pro-rate students in their final semester at UIS if below full-time status.

CAP Honors scholarships will automatically be credited to your student account.
Institutional ScholarshipsMinimum Enrollment Requirement: Students receiving Institutional Scholarships must review the eligibility criteria to determine required enrollment status; Varies by scholarship.

Eligibility is determined and scholarships disbursed after the financial aid recalculation date. Students must review criteria and Accept the scholarship via Self-Service.
Outside ScholarshipsMinimum Enrollment Requirement: Varies based on the donor. Contact your donor to obtain the minimum enrollment requirement. Unless otherwise specified by the donor, outside scholarships are divided equally between Fall and Spring semesters and will be posted to your student account. If a scholarship check is made payable to the student only, the student must inform the Office of Financial Assistance to ensure the scholarship is correctly reflected in the financial aid offer.

Scholarships are considered as countable financial aid. The student can then use the check proceeds according to the donor's wishes. Other exceptions are in effect when as instructed otherwise by the donor.

*Outside scholarship checks may be mailed to:
University of Illinois Springfield
Office of Financial Assistance
MS UHB 1015
One University Plaza
Springfield, Illinois 62703
Federal Work-Study (FWS)Minimum Enrollment Requirement: One (1) credit hour and is dependent upon demonstrated financial aid need.
Federal Direct LoansMinimum Enrollment Requirement: Students must be enrolled in at least a half-time status in order to be eligible for a Direct Loan disbursement.

Loan amounts are based upon type of student (undergraduate/graduate), class level and lifetime limits. Visit StudentAid.gov for details. Borrowers must have completed Loan Entrance Counseling and Master Promissory Note (MPN) prior to a disbursement being made. Need to complete? Get Started

Final eligibility will be determined on the financial aid recalculation date. An adjustment may affect the maximum amount a PLUS loan borrower can receive and loan amounts may be adjusted to prevent a financial aid over-award.
Undergraduate Federal Direct Parent PLUS LoansMinimum Enrollment Requirement: Students must be enrolled in at least a half-time enrollment level in order to be eligible for a Direct Parent PLUS Loan disbursement.

Final eligibility will be determined on the financial aid recalculation date. An adjustment may affect the maximum amount a PLUS loan borrower can receive and loan amounts may be adjusted to prevent a financial aid over-award.
Graduate Federal Direct PLUS LoansMinimum Enrollment Requirement: Students must be enrolled in at least a half-time enrollment level in order to be eligible for a Direct Graduate PLUS Loan disbursement.

Final eligibility will be determined on the financial aid recalculation date. An adjustment may affect the maximum amount a PLUS loan borrower can receive and loan amounts may be adjusted to prevent a financial aid over-award.
Alternative (Private) Student LoansMinimum Enrollment Requirement: Varies based on lender criteria.