Illinois State University

Public, Four-years School Located in Normal, IL

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How much is the Illinois State tuition? For the academic year 2023-2024, Illinois State's tuition & fees is $16,021 for Illinois residents and $28,086 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 $33,309 for Illinois residents and $45,374 for out-of-state students when a student lives on-campus.

Illinois State Tuition & Expenses

2022-2023 Rate
Illinois Residents Tuition & Fees$16,021
Out-of-State Tuition & Fees$28,086
Books & Supplies Costs$830
On-campus Room & Board$10,602
On-campus Expenses$5,856
Off-campus Room & Board$8,462
Off-campus Expenses$7,200
2023-2024 Estimates
Illinois Residents Tuition & Fees$18,376
Out-of-State Tuition & Fees$32,634

How Much Does it Cost to Go to Illinois State for 4 Years?

For the class of 2027, who entering colleges in 2023, the 4 years tuition & fees is $185,122 at Illinois State. 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 $255,779. After receiving financial aid including grants, scholarships, and/or student loans, the 4 years COA is down to $186,960.
The following table computes the 4 years tuition and COA by class of year.
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2023-24)$33,988$50,915$38,280
Sophomore (2024-25)$41,130$58,539$43,249
Junior (2025-26)$49,773$67,678$49,175
Senior (2026-27)$60,232$78,647$56,256
4 Years Total$185,122$255,779$186,960
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2024-25)$41,130$58,539$43,249
Sophomore (2025-26)$49,773$67,678$49,175
Junior (2026-27)$60,232$78,647$56,256
Senior (2027-28)$72,888$91,829$64,732
4 Years Total$224,022$296,693$213,413
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2025-26)$49,773$67,678$49,175
Sophomore (2026-27)$60,232$78,647$56,256
Junior (2027-28)$72,888$91,829$64,732
Senior (2028-29)$88,204$107,685$74,895
4 Years Total$271,097$345,839$245,058
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2026-27)$60,232$78,647$56,256
Sophomore (2027-28)$72,888$91,829$64,732
Junior (2028-29)$88,204$107,685$74,895
Senior (2029-30)$106,739$126,775$87,094
4 Years Total$328,063$404,935$282,977
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2027-28)$72,888$91,829$64,732
Sophomore (2028-29)$88,204$107,685$74,895
Junior (2029-30)$106,739$126,775$87,094
Senior (2030-31)$129,169$149,775$101,756
4 Years Total$397,001$476,063$328,478

Average Tuition By School Type and Comparison

Compared to four-years schools nationwide, Illinois State' tuition is much higher than the average tuition of $12,960. Compared to public, four-years colleges in Illinois, its tuition is much higher than the average tuition of $13,638.
Illinois State University$16,021$28,086
U.S. Four-years Colleges$18,672
Public Schools$7,199$12,960
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 Illinois State 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.
Illinois State UniversityNormal, IL$16,021$28,086
Southern Illinois University-CarbondaleCarbondale, IL$15,416$13,244

Financial Aid and COA

At Illinois State University, 15,161 students (86%) 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 $10,441.
After receiving financial aid, the cost of attendance (COA) at Illinois State is $34,933 for students living on-campus and $34,137 for students living off-campus.
For beginning students (i.e. first-time freshmen), 3,285 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 $11,619 and the average amount of student loans is $7,247.
The financial aid data is based on 2021-2022 statistics from IPEDS.
Illinois ResidentsOut-of-State
COA (on-campus)$33,309$45,374
COA (off-campus)$32,513$44,578
Tuition & Fees$16,021$28,086
Indirect Costs (on-campus)$17,288$17,288
Indirect Costs (off-campus)$16,492$16,492
COA (on-campus) after Receiving Aid$22,868$34,933
COA (off-campus) after Receiving Aid$22,072$34,137
Average Financial Aid$10,441$10,441
Type of AidNumber Receiving AidPercent Receiving AidAverage Amount of Aid Received
Grant or Scholarship15,16186%$10,441
Pell Grants5,36330%$4,938
Federal Student Loan8,14246%$6,192
Type of AidNumber Receiving AidPercent Receiving AidAverage Amount of Aid Received
Any Financial Aid3,28598%-
Grants or Scholarships3,25797%$11,619
Federal Grants2,22966%$4,230
Pell Grants1,11133%$4,978
Other Federal Grants2,21566%$1,760
State/Local Grants1,64649%$5,027
Institutional Grants3,10292%$6,492
Student Loan Aid1,64049%$7,247
Federal Student Loans1,57147%$5,013
Other Student Loans2768%$14,525
Income LevelNumber of StudentsNumber of Students AwardedAverage Amount Aid Awarded
All level2,0942,026$12,185
110,001 or more692643$5,673

Admission Stats and Requirements to Apply

Illinois State's acceptance rate is 91.54%. A total of 11,913 applicants applied to and 10,905 students were accepted. Of the admitted students, 3,374 enrolled finally, and the yield (i.e. enrollment rate) is 30.94%.
To apply to Illinois State, 3 items are required - Secondary school GPA, Secondary school record and TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) and 1 items are recommended to submit - Completion of college-preparatory program. SAT and ACT scores are considered during the admissions process but are not required to be submitted.
Acceptance Rate91.54%88.68%93.36%
Yield (Enrollment Rate)30.94%34.25%28.94%
Secondary school GPARequired
Secondary school rankNeither Required Nor Recommended
Secondary school recordRequired
Completion of college-preparatory programRecommended
RecommendationsNeither Required Nor Recommended
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 Illinois State. The average SAT score of the enrolled first-time students is 1,100 and the average ACT score (ACT composite) is 24.
Its SAT score is slightly lower than the national average score of 1,168. The ACT score is similar to the national average score of 24.
SAT Total1,1001,0001,200
National Average1,168
Illinois Average1,140
SAT EBRW560510610
SAT Math540490590
ACT Composite242127
National Average24
Illinois Average25
ACT Math231927
ACT English242027

Student Population

Illinois State University has a total of 20,683 students including 18,055 undergraduate and 2,628 graduate students. By gender, there are 8,492 male students and 11,741 female students attending Illinois State. The school offers online degree programs and 986 students enrolled online exclusively (4.77% of all students).
Total20,233 8,49211,741
Undergraduate17,674 7,59510,079
Graduate2,559 8971,662

Directory & Academic Information

Directory Information
AddressNorth and School Streets, Normal, IL
Degree & Programs
DegreeUndergraduate, Graduate
Program Offered163 Programs
Graduate Program Offered51 Graduate Programs
Academic Stats
Acceptance Rate86.24%
Student Population20,683
Graduation Rate66%
Retention Rate80% (Full-time), 32% (Part-time)
Students to Faculty Ratio Rate19 to 1
Faculty & Staffs
Number of Faculties915 (Full-time), 279 (Part-time)
Number of Staffs3,191 (Full-time), 347 (Part-time)
Average Faculty Salary$77,055
Average Staff Salary$59,803