Eastern Illinois University

Public, Four-years School Located in Charleston, IL

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How much is the EIU tuition? For the academic year 2023-2024, EIU's tuition & fees is $13,403 for Illinois residents and $15,879 for out-of-state students.
With indirect costs not billed by school, such as room & boards and personal living expenses, the total cost of attendance for one academic year is $27,099 for Illinois residents and $29,575 for out-of-state students when a student lives on-campus.

EIU Tuition & Expenses

2022-2023 Rate
Illinois Residents Tuition & Fees$13,403
Out-of-State Tuition & Fees$15,879
Books & Supplies Costs$150
On-campus Room & Board$10,812
On-campus Expenses$2,734
Off-campus Room & Board$10,342
Off-campus Expenses$2,734
2023-2024 Projection
Illinois Residents Tuition & Fees$13,028
Out-of-State Tuition & Fees$15,636

How Much Does it Cost to Go to EIU for 4 Years?

For the class of 2027, who entering colleges in 2023, the 4 years tuition & fees is $70,060 at EIU. The estimated tuition rate is based on the changes over last 5 years. With room & board, books, and other personal expenses, the estimated 4 years costs of attendance is $129,130. After receiving financial aid including grants, scholarships, and/or student loans, the 4 years COA is down to $83,937.
The following table computes the 4 years tuition and COA by class of year.
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2023-24)$16,508$30,526$19,877
Sophomore (2024-25)$17,162$31,668$20,598
Junior (2025-26)$17,842$32,853$21,344
Senior (2026-27)$18,548$34,083$22,118
4 Years Total$70,060$129,130$83,937
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2024-25)$17,162$31,668$20,598
Sophomore (2025-26)$17,842$32,853$21,344
Junior (2026-27)$18,548$34,083$22,118
Senior (2027-28)$19,283$35,359$22,920
4 Years Total$72,835$133,963$86,979
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2025-26)$17,842$32,853$21,344
Sophomore (2026-27)$18,548$34,083$22,118
Junior (2027-28)$19,283$35,359$22,920
Senior (2028-29)$20,047$36,682$23,751
4 Years Total$75,720$138,977$90,133
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2026-27)$18,548$34,083$22,118
Sophomore (2027-28)$19,283$35,359$22,920
Junior (2028-29)$20,047$36,682$23,751
Senior (2029-30)$20,841$38,056$24,612
4 Years Total$78,719$144,180$93,401
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2027-28)$19,283$35,359$22,920
Sophomore (2028-29)$20,047$36,682$23,751
Junior (2029-30)$20,841$38,056$24,612
Senior (2030-31)$21,666$39,481$25,505
4 Years Total$81,837$149,578$96,788

Average Tuition By School Type and Comparison

Compared to four-years schools nationwide, EIU' tuition is slightly higher than the average tuition of $12,965. Compared to public, four-years colleges in Illinois, its tuition is slightly higher than the average tuition of $13,638.
Eastern Illinois University$13,403$15,879
U.S. Four-years Colleges$18,675
Public Schools$7,198$12,965
Private Schools$20,937
Illinois Four-years Colleges$19,795
Public Schools$10,585$13,638
Private Schools$21,542

Compare Similar School's Tuition

The next table compares the tuition & fees between EIU and similar schools. The similar colleges are selected by school type & level (public, four-years), ranking, and comparison frequency by our users. The comparison is based on 2022-2023 tuition rate.
Eastern Illinois UniversityCharleston, IL$13,403$15,879
Governors State UniversityUniversity Park, IL$10,468$11,320
Chicago State UniversityChicago, IL$12,018$12,754
Western Illinois UniversityMacomb, IL$13,661$14,952
Southern Illinois University-EdwardsvilleEdwardsville, IL$11,748$12,922

Financial Aid and COA

At Eastern Illinois University, 4,567 students (66%) received grant or scholarship from the federal government, state or local government, the institution, and other sources. The average amount of grant/scholarship received is $10,243.
After receiving financial aid, the cost of attendance (COA) at EIU is $19,332 for students living on-campus and $18,862 for students living off-campus.
For beginning students (i.e. first-time freshmen), 770 students received any type of financial aid including grants/scholarship and student loans. The average amount of grant/scholarship for the first-time students is $11,773 and the average amount of student loans is $6,041.
The financial aid data is based on 2021-2022 statistics from IPEDS.
Illinois ResidentsOut-of-State
COA (on-campus)$27,099$29,575
COA (off-campus)$26,629$29,105
Tuition & Fees$13,403$15,879
Indirect Costs (on-campus)$13,696$13,696
Indirect Costs (off-campus)$13,226$13,226
COA (on-campus) after Receiving Aid$16,856$19,332
COA (off-campus) after Receiving Aid$16,386$18,862
Average Financial Aid$10,243$10,243
Type of AidNumber Receiving AidPercent Receiving AidAverage Amount of Aid Received
Grant or Scholarship4,56766%$10,243
Pell Grants2,14631%$4,732
Federal Student Loan2,50836%$6,230
Type of AidNumber Receiving AidPercent Receiving AidAverage Amount of Aid Received
Any Financial Aid770100%-
Grants or Scholarships770100%$11,773
Federal Grants76399%$4,654
Pell Grants41253%$4,865
Other Federal Grants75498%$2,051
State/Local Grants45058%$4,675
Institutional Grants66486%$5,136
Student Loan Aid48263%$6,041
Federal Student Loans47662%$4,951
Other Student Loans466%$12,064
Income LevelNumber of StudentsNumber of Students AwardedAverage Amount Aid Awarded
All level602601$12,946
110,001 or more105104$5,999

Admission Stats and Requirements to Apply

EIU's acceptance rate is 71.74%. A total of 7,145 applicants applied to and 5,126 students were accepted. Of the admitted students, 778 enrolled finally, and the yield (i.e. enrollment rate) is 15.18%.
To apply to EIU, 4 items are required - Secondary school GPA, Secondary school record, Completion of college-preparatory program and TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language). SAT and ACT scores are considered during the admissions process but are not required to be submitted.
Acceptance Rate71.74%67.36%74.64%
Yield (Enrollment Rate)15.18%17.18%13.98%
Secondary school GPARequired
Secondary school rankConsidered But Not Required
Secondary school recordRequired
Completion of college-preparatory programRequired
RecommendationsConsidered But Not Required
Formal demonstration of competenciesNeither Required Nor Recommended
Admission test scoresConsidered But Not Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)Required
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)Neither Required Nor Recommended

SAT and ACT Scores

The SAT and ACT scores are considered but not required to apply to EIU. The average SAT score of the enrolled first-time students is 1,020 and the average ACT score (ACT composite) is 20.
Its SAT score is lower than the national average score of 1,168.
SAT Total1,0209001,140
National Average1,168
Illinois Average1,140
SAT EBRW520460580
SAT Math500440560
ACT Composite201723
National Average24
Illinois Average25
ACT Math211724
ACT English211724

Student Population

Eastern Illinois University has a total of 8,857 students including 6,916 undergraduate and 1,941 graduate students. By gender, there are 3,445 male students and 5,163 female students attending EIU. The school offers online degree programs and 1,382 students enrolled online exclusively (15.60% of all students).
Total8,608 3,4455,163
Undergraduate6,903 2,8054,098
Graduate1,705 6401,065

Directory & Academic Information

Directory Information
Address600 Lincoln Avenue, Charleston, IL
Degree & Programs
DegreeUndergraduate, Graduate
Program Offered105 Programs
Graduate Program Offered32 Graduate Programs
Academic Stats
Acceptance Rate67.96%
Student Population8,857
Graduation Rate55%
Transfer-out Rate29%
Retention Rate71% (Full-time), 43% (Part-time)
Students to Faculty Ratio Rate15 to 1
Faculty & Staffs
Number of Faculties378 (Full-time), 136 (Part-time)
Number of Staffs1,090 (Full-time), 145 (Part-time)
Average Faculty Salary$77,421
Average Staff Salary$55,106