Applying for Financial Aid

Thank you for your interest in the University of Illinois at Springfield. We are here to assist you through the processes of applying for and receiving financial assistance to fund your education. Students must apply for aid annually.

Please feel free to contact our office, if you have any questions.

Aid Application for 2024-2025 (Fall 2024, Spring 2025 and Summer 2025)

You can apply for financial aid for Academic Year 2024-2025 by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA is being updated, and it will be launched in December 2023 instead of October for the 2024-2025 academic year. The Office of Financial Assistance encourages all UIS students to apply by the priority filing deadline of March 1, 2024, to avoid missing any opportunities. You can find more information on the FAFSA changes on the  FAFSA® Simplification page.

Students in Illinois who are not eligible to apply through the FAFSA may be eligible to complete the Illinois Alternative Application. The alternative application is expected to be available at the same time as the FAFSA.

Our Federal School Code is 009333.

Aid Application for 2023-2024 (Fall 2023, Spring 2024 and Summer 2024)

There is still time to apply for aid for the Academic Year 2023-2024 (Fall 2023, Spring 2024 and Summer 2024). The FAFSA opened October 1, 2022 and the priority filing deadline was December 1, 2022. Federal Student Aid is available to most qualified students, regardless of financial need. The results of your FASFA application is sent to our Office of Financial Aid. Once we receive a completed FAFSA, we will prepare a Notice of Financial Aid for you describing the total amount of financial aid you are eligible for.

Students should aim to submit any required missing information to the Office of Financial Assistance no later than to the following dates each term; however, earlier is better!

  • Fall: November 15
  • Spring: April 15
  • Summer: June 15

You will need information from your (and your parent(s) or spouse) federal tax return. When completing the income sections of the FAFSA, you are given the option to have this data retrieved directly from the IRS. UIS strongly encourages you to use this IRS Data Retrieval process which will automatically transfer your (and your parent or spouse) Federal Tax Return information into your FAFSA.

Students who are not eligible to complete the FAFSA® may be eligible to complete the Alternative Application. Please visit the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) Retention of Illinois Students & Equity (RISE) Act page for complete details.

Our Federal School Code is 009333.

Who is Eligible for Aid?

Everyone can apply for financial aid. Of course, there are minimum requirements that are fairly standard for some aid programs. This eligibility requirements webpage contains standard federal student aid eligibility requirements.

Certain Illinois residents who are ineligible to apply through the FAFSA may be eligible to apply for state and institutional aid through the Alternative Application for Illinois Financial Aid.

View the Financial Aid 6 items and 22 minutes checklist.

How Is Financial Aid Determined?

Cost of Attendance = Amount of resources (money, food, tuition) you need to get through a school year.


Expected Family Contribution, changing to the Student Aid Index (SAI) starting from the 2024–25 academic year = The amount of resources a family and a student can contribute towards the Cost of Attendance


Student Financial Need

Total Aid offered may not exceed a student's Cost of Attendance. Certain financial aid program are need-based, and may not exceed the Financial Need determined by the above formula.