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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.

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 scholarships are offered after admission to the College of ACES.

2018 Timeline for Scholarships     2019 Timeline for Scholarships (not available yet)

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

YES!

  • 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 can be considered for these scholarships; you do have to complete the College of ACES general scholarship application.

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.  The application, which is available from September 1, 2018 to March 15, 2019. 

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

All 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 November 1, 2018-February 1, 2019.

Incoming transfer students

We reserve many renewable merit-based scholarships for incoming transfer students, which are awarded after admission to the College of ACES.

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 to admitted incoming transfer students beginning in April .  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 November 1, and must be submitted by the end of the day on February 1.
  • If you are selected to receive a criteria-based scholarship you will be notified in 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?

All 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 November 1 to February 1 every year.

Click here for the 2018-2019 College of ACES Scholarship Application.

The next deadline to submit the application will be 11:59 p.m. on June 1, 2018. All applicants are encouraged to read the following important points about the application:

  • To access the application, you'll need your NetID and NetID password, so you’ll first need to accept your offer of admission.  You'll frequently use your NetID to access resources on campus. To claim and set your NetID and NetID password, you need your Activation Code and University Identification Number (UIN), both of which are available when you log in to myIllini (Read more about the NetID and computing).
  • You will be able to save the application and return to it at a later date.  However, partial applications will NOT be considered when scholarship decisions are made.  To be considered for scholarships, you must complete and submit the entire application.
  • If you follow the process to completion and submit all of the required information, you should see a verification screen after the submission, and you should receive a confirmation email (sent to the email address you provide in the application).

Questions about the College of ACES scholarship program?

Please contact the ACES Academic Programs Office, 217-333-3380.