Spring 2023 Financial Aid FAQs - Funding Your Future

Students have a lot on their plate, especially at the beginning of each semester. Understanding your financial aid can make life a lot less stressful and give you confidence that you’re starting out on the right foot. Here are some of our top FAQs to keep you informed and on top of your financial game.  

Q. How do I check my financial aid status or disbursement? 

A. To review your financial aid:  

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Understanding your Financial Aid Offer 

We all know the cost of college and the aid you receive is a huge part of choosing where to go to college. That’s why we focus on making the process as transparent as possible so you fully understand what’s available to you, and you can make informed decisions that best fit your needs and goals. 

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Common App switch brings in more UIS applicants

Future college students can now apply to all Illinois’ public universities with just one application.

A simple check of a box will send applications to 900 schools throughout the state.

The University of Illinois Springfield (UIS) joined the Common App in September before Governor Pritzker’s announced all public universities in Illinois would join the program.

Making the switch has already increased the number of freshmen applications the school has received, and more are expected.

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3 Tips for Completing the FAFSA

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, is the first step in determining what federal financial assistance is available to your family and should be completed ahead of each academic year. We use FAFSA info to determine if you’re eligible for UIS scholarships, grants or aid.

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U of I administrators visit region, stress cooperation

Administrators with the University of Illinois system paid a visit to Southern Illinois this week.

They said they want to be more involved in Southern Illinois — and that they would like for the region to be more involved with the system’s campuses, programs, outreach and economic development efforts.

Working toward that goal, a group of U of I leaders spent Monday in the region as part of a statewide tour, meeting with legislators, business leaders and representatives of Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

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Registration is now underway for more than 200 summer courses at UIS

Registration is now underway for more than 200 summer courses at the University of Illinois Springfield. Current and prospective students are encouraged to apply now for classes starting on June 7.

“Whether students are wanting to get a jumpstart on classes, or are determined to graduate sooner, this is a great opportunity to continue their educational goals,” said Natalie Herring, UIS associate provost for enrollment management.

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UIS to remain test-optional for undergraduate applicants through 2023-24

The University of Illinois Springfield will remain test-optional for undergraduate applicants through 2023-24, meaning SAT and ACT scores will not be required for admission. 

The University of Illinois Board of Trustee's Executive Committee approved the extension during a meeting on April 1, 2021. 

The decision was made in response to continued pandemic-driven restrictions on large gatherings in many places around the country that limit students’ ability to take the SAT and ACT tests. 

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University of Illinois Springfield reports largest freshman class in school history

Freshman enrollment at the University of Illinois Springfield grew by more than 18 percent according to Fall Semester 2019 census numbers released today. The total number of first-year students stands at 373, compared to 316 last fall semester, making it the largest incoming freshman class in school history.

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