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Scholarship Opportunities for Incoming Students

The College of ACES is committed to providing financial support to recognize the hard work and accomplishments of our students. Thanks to our generous alumni, corporate partners and other supporters, ACES awards over $3.5M in scholarships to our students each year. More than 150 different scholarship funds support hundreds of our current and incoming students.

Incoming freshmen

We reserve many renewable merit-based scholarships for incoming students, awarding them at the time of admission based on academic achievement and extracurricular experiences.

How can I be considered for merit-based scholarships?

The process is simple: apply for admission to the University of Illinois, and pick a major in the College of ACES. You will automatically be considered for renewable, merit-based awards!

When are merit-based awards offered to incoming freshmen?

Merit-based awards are offered through email to incoming freshmen within two weeks of the admissions notification date, set by the University. A letter will also be sent to each recipient, containing more information about the scholarship, including renewal criteria.

Are incoming freshmen considered for other scholarships in the College of ACES?

  • In addition to merit-based awards, the College of ACES annually administers many criteria-based non-renewable scholarships that are not specific to one major or option. Criteria for these scholarships are established by the donor, and include characteristics such as career goals, county or state of residence, and extracurricular activities, among other attributes. Financial need is also a criteria for a small number of scholarships (see below).
  • Selections for these scholarships are made during the summer, because current ACES students are also eligible and spring grades for current students need to be considered.
  • As an incoming freshman you will be automatically considered for these scholarships; you do not have to complete the College of ACES general scholarship application.
  • If you are selected to receive a criteria-based scholarship you will be notified in early August, immediately prior to the beginning of your freshman year.

Do incoming freshmen have to submit the FAFSA to be considered for College of ACES Scholarships?

  • Incoming students are not required to submit the FAFSA to be considered for merit-based scholarships which are offered at the time of admission.
  • The FAFSA is only required for students who wish to be considered for criteria-based non-renewable scholarships for which financial need is required.
  • Please note that you must complete the FAFSA if you want to be considered for federal financial aid.  More information is available through the Office of Student Financial Aid.

Are there any College of ACES scholarships for which incoming freshmen must apply?

The Jonathan Baldwin Turner (JBT) scholarship is the only college-level scholarship for which incoming freshmen in ACES must apply to be considered. Students who have achieved at least a 29 ACT score (or the equivalent SAT) or who are ranked in the top 10% of their class at the end of their junior year of high school are eligible to apply.

Which students need to complete the College of ACES general scholarship application?

Only incoming transfer students and current ACES students who wish to be considered for criteria-based non-renewable scholarships need to complete and submit the general College of ACES scholarship application, which is available from April 15 to June 1 every year.

Incoming transfer students

We reserve many renewable merit-based scholarships for incoming transfer students, which are awarded beginning in mid-March and are based on academic achievement and extracurricular experiences.

How can I be considered for merit-based scholarships?

The process is simple: apply for admission to the University of Illinois, and pick a major in the College of ACES. You will automatically be considered for renewable, merit-based awards!

When are merit-based awards offered to incoming transfer students?

Merit-based awards are offered through email to admitted incoming transfer students beginning in mid-March. Students who are selected for a merit-based scholarship and are admitted after mid-March typically receive an email with the scholarship offer within two weeks of being admitted. Recipients will also receive a letter containing more information about the scholarship, including renewal criteria.

Are incoming transfer students considered for other scholarships in the College of ACES?

  • In addition to merit-based awards, the College of ACES annually administers many criteria-based non-renewable scholarships (LINK) that are not specific to one major or option. Criteria for these scholarships are established by the donor, and include characteristics such as career goals, county or state of residence, and extracurricular activities, among other attributes. Financial need is also a criteria for a small number of scholarships (see below).
  • Selections for these scholarships are made during the summer, because current ACES students are also eligible and spring grades for current students need to be considered.
  • Incoming transfer students are asked to complete and submit the general ACES scholarship application to be considered for ACES criteria-based non-renewable scholarships. The online application is available beginning April 15, and must be submitted by the end of the day on June 1.
  • If you are selected to receive a criteria-based scholarship you will be notified in early August, immediately prior to the beginning of the fall semester.

Do incoming transfer students have to submit the FAFSA to be considered for College of ACES Scholarships?

  • Incoming students are not required to submit the FAFSA to be considered for merit-based scholarships which are offered at the time of admission.
  • The FAFSA is only required for students who wish to be considered for criteria-based non-renewable scholarships for which financial need is required.
  • Please note that you must complete the FAFSA if you want to be considered for federal financial aid. More information is available through the Office of Student Financial Aid.

Which students need to complete the College of ACES general scholarship application?

Incoming transfer students and current ACES students who wish to be considered for criteria-based non-renewable scholarships need to complete and submit the general College of ACES scholarship application, which is available from April 15 to June 1 every year.

The deadline to submit the application for the 2016-2017 academic year was June 1, 2016.

Questions about the College of ACES scholarship program?

Please call 217-244-4540, or contact Assistant Dean Jason Emmert at jemmert@illinois.edu.