How do I apply for merit‐based scholarships?
For incoming freshmen: Your application to the University is used as your application for merit-based scholarships. There is no separate application. Merit‐based scholarships are awarded based on high academic achievement and potential for success. Incoming freshmen are considered for all scholarships for which they are eligible at the time they are admitted.
For continuing students: Apply for merit- and need-based scholarships
How are merit‐based scholarships awarded?
The evaluation process includes a holistic review of quantitative criteria such as ACTs, high school GPA, and rigor of high school classes, as well as other factors such as access to academic resources, leadership, service, etc. The application essays are an important part of the evaluation process and help us determine qualitative factors. The holistic review allows us to match students with scholarships that may have specific criteria from the donor(s) who provide the funds.
How many merit‐based scholarships are awarded?
My ACT is not 35 or 36. Am I still eligible for a merit‐based scholarship?
Absolutely! The College of Engineering and all units administering scholarships offer more than 100 scholarships. More and more students apply to more than one school and yields are getting lower nationwide. So we typically offer more than what we plan to award.
I am out‐of‐state; am I eligible for a scholarship from Illinois?
I am an international student; am I eligible for a scholarship from Illinois?
I have been admitted to an engineering program, but not in the College of Engineering; am I eligible for a scholarship?
What about need‐based scholarships?
How am I notified if I receive a scholarship?
You will be notified via email if you received a scholarship from the College of Engineering and/or department.
Additionally, you may be notified of scholarships by letter when you receive your Notification of Admission (NOA).
I have received one scholarship offer; does that mean that is all I qualify for?
When will I be notified if I receive a scholarship?
Merit-based scholarships from the College of Engineering and departments are sent via email in the last week of February or the first week of March. A few scholarship offers will be made via email in mid-January (for Early Admitted students).
Some students will have scholarship offers at the same time that they are notified of admission to Illinois.
Need‐based scholarship offers are sent Mid‐March through April.
Can I know if I have a chance at getting a merit-based scholarship before mid-February?
You will receive your NOA December 16th or February 3rd, so unfortunately we cannot give you a definite answer until after the later NOA in February. We kindly ask you to wait until mid-February.
If I do not receive a merit‐based scholarship, what are my options?
Make sure to apply for need‐based scholarships by working with the Office of Student Financial Aid and filling out the FAFSA if you believe you may qualify. Also, the College of Engineering has additional merit-based funds to award scholarships to continuing students. You can apply for those at the beginning of your second semester. There are external scholarships as well and companies regularly advertise their scholarship opportunities with our students.
Additionally, most of our students work with Engineering Career Services and apply for summer internships. More than 450 companies come to campus twice a semester to recruit our students, either for internships, co‐ops, or jobs.