Admissions and Aid

At SIU, we recognize that our students are trailblazers, and we are dedicated to providing them with the knowledge, skills, and support necessary to achieve their aspirations and make their mark on the world. So, come explore, discover, and create with us - and make your voice heard as you embark on an academic journey filled with possibilities.


Last Updated: May 16, 2024, 09:37 AM

Your Journey Starts Here

Welcome to Southern Illinois University Carbondale, where innovation, exploration, and empowerment are the cornerstones of our academic community. As you take your first steps on your academic journey with us, you will find that our institution is a place that embraces curiosity, celebrates individuality, and inspires you to take charge of your education and personal growth.

Tuition, Financial Aid, and the Saluki Commitment

  • Guide to Tuition and Other Student Charges

    With our guidance and support, we'll walk alongside you every step of the way. Our team is dedicated to assisting you and ensuring that every person has an equal opportunity to thrive at SIU. We believe in the power of education to transform lives, and we're here to help you make the most of your time with us.

    The cost of attending college isn't just tuition and fees. We do our best to give you the whole picture, showing you an estimated budget for the whole school year that also includes budget estimates for room and board, books and supplies, and living expenses.

  • Financial Aid Information

    At SIU, we believe that education should be accessible to all, regardless of financial need. That's why we offer a wide range of financial opportunities, such as grants, loans, part-time employment, and scholarships. Our goal is to empower ambitious individuals to pursue their dreams and reach their full potential. Explore the various financial resources available at SIU to alleviate financial burdens and focus on your studies.

    Additionally, take advantage of our prestigious scholarships that recognize exceptional talent and dedication. We are here to support you on your journey of discovery, empowering you to create a future where your potential knows no limits. Embrace the opportunities that await you and forge a path towards a brighter future at SIU.

    Students may request a 15 minute Virtual Financial Aid Advisement Session through Microsoft TEAMS. Sessions are currently being offered Monday thru Friday 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. by appointment only.

  • The Saluki Commitment

    We are constantly pushing the boundaries of what is possible in education and striving to create a more inclusive and empowering environment for our students. Our Saluki Commitment and Saluki Transfer Commitment guarantees full coverage of tuition and mandatory fees, to even more Illinois families.

    In our relentless pursuit of student success and engagement, we've increased the income limit for eligibility to $103,040. By doing so, we are making our premier, hands-on education more accessible and affordable to middle-income Illinoisans who may not qualify for traditional need-based financial aid.

    You do not need to submit additional information beyond your application and FAFSA to be considered for the Saluki Commitment. If you qualify, we will automatically include it in your financial aid package, and you will be notified when you receive your package.

Explore SIU

Now, it's time to turn imagination into reality. Apply to SIU and be part of a community that values exploration, innovation, and the pursuit of knowledge. Unleash your potential, discover your passions, and create a future that reflects your unique aspirations.

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Parents and Family

Understanding the significance of family connections to our Salukis - the bond between our students and their relationship with their families back home- is most important. Our unwavering support extends beyond the classroom, celebrating not only academic triumphs but all milestones along the way. We foster a sense of community because we believe our students can unlock their full potential when everyone comes together.

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