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Tuition Waivers

Board of Trustees (BOT) or Graduate College Tuition Waivers

Board of Trustees (BOT) waivers are allotted by the Graduate College and awarded to students by the individual graduate programs. The Graduate College will also separately award Graduate College Tuition Waivers to students with qualifying fellowships/traineeships. The OSFA does not determine recipients of waivers, but the waivers are paid via the OSFA. To be eligible for the tuition waiver to pay, a student must be enrolled in a degree seeking program and be registered for at least 12 or more hours during the fall and spring semesters (6 or more during summer) at the end of the add/drop period each term. The student must remain registered for 12 or more hours throughout the term. BOT waiver recipients must NOT have eligibility for a waiver from any other source (for example, an assistantship waiver) in order to remain eligible for the BOT waiver. Graduate College Tuition Waiver recipients may have another waiver source, but only one waiver can be paid. If a student receives a waiver, his/her loan eligibility may be affected. For more detailed information about Board of Trustees or Graduate College Tuition Waivers, please see the Graduate College website.

If you will be receiving a waiver, you will need to report it the OSFA once you receive your financial aid award notification via your electronic award letter.

Child of Employee Tuition Waiver (CETW)

The Child of Employee 50% Tuition Waiver (CETW) is available for undergraduate children of Illinois senior public university employees at participant schools. Fees and charges other than tuition are not included in this waiver. For detailed information about the policy, eligibility, and application for the CETW waiver, please visit the Human Resource website.

Children of Veterans Tuition Waiver

The Children of Veterans Tuition Waiver is a four year consecutive in state waiver at the University of Illinois to natural or legally adopted children of service members who are veterans of World War II, the Korean Conflict, the Vietnam Conflict, the Southwest Asia Conflict, Operation Enduring Freedom, and Operation Iraqi Freedom.

The following are limitations to the Child of Veterans Waiver:

  • One tuition waiver will be given per county, per war.
  • A candidate must be a permanent resident of the Illinois County from which he/she applies.
  • The tuition waiver covers in state tuition for undergraduate, graduate, and professional students at the University of Illinois.
  • Students must submit copies of ACT/SAT scores each year they apply, as prior year applications are not reviewed.
  • Students must complete the application by March 1 preceding the academic year for which they are applying.

Applications will become available each December 1st. Applicants will be notified by April 1st. Please be aware all application materials for the three University of Illinois campuses (Chicago, Urbana-Champaign and Springfield) are all reviewed by the OSFA in Urbana-Champaign and materials must be submitted accordingly.

Senior Citizen Tuition Waiver

The Senior Citizen Tuition Waiver is available for eligible undergraduate and graduate students. Fees and charges other than tuition are not included in this waiver. In order to be eligible, a student must be age 65 or over, be an Illinois resident, have an annual household income below the annual threshold (see application for details), be admitted to the University, and complete the application. The application for the appropriate year can be found in the Forms link on the home page.

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