Scholarship Information

EIU Department of Special Education

The average cost to attend EIU is $22,027.76 (in state)/ $24,267.26 (non boarder states)

Here are some scholarships/grants to help make obtaining a degree from EIU even more affordable...


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Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant

Amount: up to $4,000 a year


  • Undergraduate student
  • Student that agrees to serve as a highly qualified teacher in a high need public or non-for-profit private elementary or secondary school for at least 4 years

To determine eligibility click the following link:

EIU Promise Program

Amount: Cover tuition and required fees


  • Be a resident of Illinois, with at least one parent (listed on your FAFSA) also an Illinois resident
  • Have a family adjusted gross income of $61,000 or less annually
  • Be admitted to EIU as an incoming freshman full-time (12 or more credit hours)
  • Have your financial aid packaged and completed by May 1 of the year you intend to enroll
  • Have a minimum 960 SAT / 18 ACT and a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale
  • Meet AIM HIGH Grant requirements

For more information on this scholarship please click the following link:

Minority Teachers of Illinois (MTI) Scholarship Program

Award: up to $5,000 a year


  • U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen
  • A resident of Illinois
  • A minority student
  • Enrolled or accepted for enrollment on at least a half-time basis as an undergraduate or graduate student
  • Enrolled or accepted for enrollment in program which upon completion will qualify the student to be certified by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) as a preschool, elementary or secondary school teacher, a high school graduate or a recipient of a General Educational Development (GED) Certificate
  • Must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale

Illinois Special Education Teacher Tuition Waiver (SETTW) Program

Award: Covers tuition and required fees for up to 4 years


  • U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen
  • Resident of Illinois
  • Undergraduate or graduate student seeking initial certification in any area of special education
  • Applicants who are not already a certified teachers must be graduates of Illinois approved high schools or be scheduled to graduate by the end of the term in which the award is made
  • Must have ranked in the top 50% of their graduating class
  • Must have taken the ACT or SAT I college entrance examination
  • Application deadline is March 1 immediately preceding the school year.