Tuition Information

Tuition rates are determined by the University Board of Trustees. They are based on the following:


Your tuition rate is generally based on what program you are studying. All undergraduate students enrolled in Grainger Engineering and Engineering related, Chemical & Life Sciences, Fine & Applied Arts, Journalism, Advertising, Gies College of Business, and certain curricula in the College of Agriculture, Consumer, & Environmental Sciences (ACES), College of Liberal Arts & Sciences (LAS), and Division of General Studies (DGS) are assessed a tuition surcharge.  Some graduate and professional programs assess a tuition surcharge.  Graduate online programs and non-degree online enrollment may be based on the course of enrollment.

Residency Classification

Another factor in determining your tuition rate is whether you are a resident or nonresident of Illinois or an international student. Residency rules are available on the University-Wide Student Programs website. Your residency classification is based on information you provide on your admission application and other credentials.

To request review for possible change in your residency classification, download the petition. You must submit the petition by September 30 for Fall, February 15 for Spring, or June 20 for Summer. If you fail to submit a petition within the allotted time period, you lose all rights to a change in status and adjustment of your assessed tuition for the term, but the petition may be submitted for a following term.

You are notified of your petition decision by both postal service and the e-mail you provide on your petition.  Please ensure that both items are accurate prior to submission.

For additional information, refer to the University’s frequently asked questions about in-state and out-of-state residency or call 217-333-6565.

Credit Range

Tuition and some campus fees are based on the number of credit hours for which you register. There are 4 possible credit ranges with the tuition amount being the same for any number of hours enrolled in within the range:

Fall & Spring

  • Range I: 12 or more hours (considered full-time)
  • Range II: 6–11.99 hours
  • Range III: 1–5.99 hours
  • Range IV: 0-0.99 credit only


Tuition is assessed per credit hour for most programs.