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EIU Tuition & Cost

Charleston, Illinois

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In State Illinois Resident Sticker Price

In State Costs for Eastern Illinois University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$150
Other Fees$3,090
Room and Board $10,548
Other Expenses Budget$2,542

Out of State Resident Sticker Price

Out of State Costs for Eastern Illinois University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$150
Other Fees$3,090
Room and Board $10,548
Other Expenses Budget$2,542

In-State Tuition

In-state tuition at Eastern Illinois University for undergraduate students residing in Illinois is $9,472. Room and board charges total $10,548 per year. Students will also need to budget for books and supplies, which typically amount to $150 annually. Other administrative or academic fees are $3,090 for the year. Additionally, students should plan an estimated $2,542 for other miscellaneous expenses throughout the year. In sum, residents attending Eastern Illinois University full time should expect a total annual cost of $25,802.

Out-of-State Tuition

Undergraduate tuition at Eastern Illinois University is $11,840 for out-of-state students. Additionally, out-of-state students are charged $10,548 for room and board, $150 for textbooks and educational resources, plus fees of $3,090. Students are advised to budget $2,542 for other expenses. When these costs are combined, annual out-of-state charges total $28,170. This figure is 9.2% higher than what Illinois residents pay.

All price data is sourced from the 2021/2022 U.S. Department of Education National Center for Education Statistics survey.
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Net Price

The average reported annual net price for Eastern Illinois University for students receiving grants or scholarship aid was $13,551 in 2019/2020. Net price includes tuition and required fees, books and supplies, and average cost for room and board and other expenses

The net price provides a more realistic estimate of the true cost of attending Eastern Illinois University, once common grants and scholarships have been taken into account. It's important to note that this net price can fluctuate based on factors such as family income and individual financial need.

Average Net Price 2019/2020

Net Price by Income Eastern Illinois University
Family Income Net Price Paid
$0 to $30,000$11,015
$30,001 to $48,000$10,056
$48,001 to $75,000$12,675
$75,001 to $110,000$17,594

Financial Aid

98% of full-time undergrad Eastern Illinois University received financial aid in the form of grants, scholarships, fellowships from the institution or from Federal, State or local government agencies. This aid averaged $10,368 per student during the 2019/2020 school year. Grant and scholarship aid does not need to be paid back. 69% of students received Federal Student Loans averaging $5,276 and 6% of undergrads took out private student loans averaging $10,205.

Finanical Aid Eastern Illinois University
Type Avg./Student Students Receiving
Total Grant and Scholarship Aid $10,368 98%
Institutional Grants and Scholarships $5,284 78%
Pell Grants $4,788 57%
Other Federal Grants $568 83%
State and Local Grants $4,534 62%
Federal Student Loans $5,276 69%
Other Student Loans $10,205 6%

Student Loans

To gauge a more realistic picture of what it may really cost you out of pocket to go to Eastern Illinois University, we've modeled a ten year student loan with an original principal value of $54,808. The loan balance of $54,808 is a four year multiple of the $13,702 average net price. This is a estimate of what you could owe upon graduation if you were to qualify for average financial aid and what a degree really may cost. Should you not qualify for financial aid, you may owe significantly more when you graduate. Based on these assumptions, a monthly repayment of $581 could be required to satisfy your student loan.

Please note that financial aid is not guaranteed and is only available for qualifying students. Federal Student Loans are not grants and must be repaid with interest. The current Stafford loan interest rate is 4.99%.

Example Loan $54,808
Stafford Loan Interest Rate 4.99%
Time to Pay Off Student Loan 10 years
Example Monthly Payment $581.06
Total Interest Paid $14,918.72
Sum of All Loan Payments $69,726.72

Projected 4 Year Degree Price

4 Year Sticker Price

Year Illinois Residents Non Residents
1 $25,802 $28,170
2 $26,279 $28,691
3 $26,766 $29,222
4 $27,261 $29,763

Based on published tuition prices, we estimate the current cost of a 4 year bachelor's degree and living expenses at Eastern Illinois University to be $103,208 - assuming graduation in normal time. The estimation assumes a 1.9% annual increase over the next 4 years which has been the recent trend for this school.

Credit Hour Cost and Price per Class

Credit Hour and Class Costs at Eastern Illinois University
Price Per Credit 3 Credit Class 4 Credit Class
Illinois Residents $312 $936 $1,248
Out of State Residents $381 $1,143 $1,524

Estimated cost for a class at Eastern Illinois University based on published credit hour prices. Note that not all schools allow single class enrollment. These prices should be used for comparison purposes as to how much it may cost to take a class at Eastern Illinois University versus other colleges.

Tuition Payment Plans Available

Eastern Illinois University Payment Plans
Tuition Payment Plan Yes
Prepaid Tuition Plan Yes
Alternative Tuition Plan Yes
Guaranteed Tuition Plan Yes

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=144892 IPEDS survey data for Eastern Illinois University.