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Office of the Vice Chancellor for Institutional Advancement

The ILlinois Promise

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is committed to providing access to quality education for high achieving students from all backgrounds. As Illinois seeks to recruit the brightest and most talented students from Illinois and beyond we must remember that brilliant scholars come from all socioeconomic backgrounds. And with the cost of higher education rising each year, we are doing everything possible to make sure that our doors remain open to students from low, moderate and middle income families.

To ensure economic, social and racial diversity on campus bright students must be recruited regardless of their financial ability to pay for their education. Current economic circumstances, however, threaten the affordability of higher education, particularly for students from the lowest income levels. With the recent increases in tuition the need to maintain access to higher education is particularly pressing.

The Illinois Promise began in Fall 2005 to ensure the accessibility of higher education for students from the lowest income levels. The Illinois Promise assures eligible recipients sufficient grant, scholarship and loan funds, in combination with a minimal employment expectation, to cover their estimated cost of tuition, fees, room, board, books and supplies. Illinois Promise scholarships bridge the gap between a student’s federal and state financial aid packages and the actual cost of an Illinois education.

Fast Facts About Illinois Promise Students

Illinois Promise in the news

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Clarence Shelley Scholarship

Illinois Promise YouTube Channel

View the 2011 Illinois Promise Senior Reception

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Class of 2010 Graduation Reception

Senior Showcase and Class Gift

Life After Graduation

A Promise Fulfilled

Illinois Promise e-newsletter

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