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High Achievers Alternate Tuition Rate

Effective Fall 2013, SIU will be offering an alternate tuition rate to high achieving undergraduate international students. The High Achievers Alternate Tuition Rate is based on merit and awarded to:

  • Incoming freshmen earning a composite 26 or higher on the ACT or an SAT composite score of ONLY the Critical Reading and the Mathematics composite equaling 1240 or higher is acceptable. 
  • Transfer students with at least a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale from the previous college level institution attended. Transfer students are defined as a student having 26 or more credit hours from another college.

This award allows undergraduate out-of state residents and international students to receive in-state tuition. Students should make sure they are eligible by looking at all of the requirements here.

Legacy Tuition Rate

Beginning Fall 2011, newly entering freshman or transfer Undergraduate students who have parent(s) or legal guardian(s) who are graduates of Southern Illinois University Carbondale will pay an alternate tuition rate of 0.80 times the applicable in-state or out-of-state rate for Undergraduate students guaranteed for four years. For more information please visit here.

Partner Universities Tuition Rate

Qualified students may also be able to receive our alternative tuition rate through some of our partner universities. We have agreements with other colleges all around the world to give scholarships equaling the resident-rate of tuition to their students. You may find more information about these scholarships by going through our partner Universitys' websites. For information, please contact the schools. They are located in:

Student Work Referrals

Most international students will be eligible to hold on-campus student jobs for 20 hours per week, usually at approximately $8.25 per hour. Work Referral forms are obtained from the Center for International Education. (International students are prohibited by USCIS from working off-campus without special permission.)

On-campus undergraduate student employment is available. If you work 15 hours per week throughout the fall, spring and summer sessions you can anticipate earning slightly more than $4,000. This cannot be factored in order to meet the minimum financial requirement.

After you have completed one year of study you may request permission to obtain part-time employment off campus. For this you will need special authorization from the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Services as well as from SIU's Center for International Education.

Financial Assistance from Departments and Colleges

Undergraduate Assistantships are similar to Graduate Assistantships but are limited in number. However, Undergraduate Assistantships do not give a tuition waiver. A monthly stipend is given in return for approximately 10-20 hours of work. A list of these positions can be obtained from the Financial Aid Office web site.