Illinois Institute of Technology's Office of Financial Aid provides institutional and federal financial assistance for students and families.
The financial aid team strives to educate, empower, and support students with an understanding of financial aid options and resources in approachable environment.
Comprehensive Aid Program
Illinois Institute of Technology administers a comprehensive financial aid program which includes federal, state, and institutional funds for full- and part-time undergraduate students. Federal programs include grants, loans, and work-study employment. State programs include grant funds. Most federal and state funds are based on demonstrated financial need. The university uses the formula established by the U.S. Congress to determine financial need for assistance. Institutional funds include need-based grants and loans, as well as merit scholarships based on academic and service achievements. Private loans are also available and are based on credit approval from the lender.
Student Eligibility Requirements to Receive Federal and State Financial Assistance
Students must be U.S. citizens or eligible non-citizens, be enrolled in a degree-seeking program at least half-time (4.5 credit hours or more per semester for graduates, 6 credit hours or more per semester for undergraduates), and demonstrate academic progress towards graduation to qualify for federal and state aid. In some circumstances, undergraduates enrolled in fewer than six credit hours will be eligible for federal or state grants. Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) includes a minimum grade point average, a sufficient percentage of credit hours earned each semester, and timely progress towards the completion of a degree program. The university has an established SAP policy in compliance with federal and state regulations. Failure to comply with the university's SAP policy will lead to a student losing their eligibility for federal and state financial assistance. International students are not eligible for federal financial aid.
Federal Financial Aid Application Process
All students applying for financial assistance must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This application is available at fafsa.ed.gov beginning October of the academic year prior to the academic year in which the student plans to attend. Illinois Institute of Technology's Title IV School Code is 001691. All federal financial assistance is awarded on an annual basis, hence a FAFSA must be filed each academic year. Students are encouraged to file a FAFSA at their earliest convenience because some state and campus-based awards are awarded on a first-come first-served basis. The amount of financial aid a student receives each year depends on demonstrated financial need and the availability of funds. Students applying for federal financial aid may be required to submit income information to the Office of Financial Aid.
New students should not wait for a final admission decision before filing the FAFSA. Applicants are encouraged to complete a FAFSA at their earliest convenience in order to qualify for potential state and campus-based funds.
Determining Financial Need for Assistance
Financial need is the difference between a student’s total cost of attendance (COA) at the university and the student's expected family contribution (EFC). The total COA at the university includes tuition, mandatory fees, room and board, books and supplies, transportation, loan fees, and personal expenses. The U.S. Department of Education has established the formula used to calculate the EFC based on the FAFSA information provided by a student and (if applicable) his/her family. One of the principles of need-based assistance is that students and their families are expected to help pay some of a student's educational expenses.
Federal Financial Aid Programs
Federal Pell Grant
The Federal Pell Grant is a grant that does not have to be repaid. Pell Grants are awarded only to undergraduate students who have not earned a bachelor’s or professional degree. Pell Grants are awarded based on demonstrated financial need. Students apply for a Pell Grant by filing the FAFSA.
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)
The FSEOG is a federal campus-based grant that does not have to be repaid. This grant is awarded to undergraduate students who demonstrate exceptional financial need. FSEOG funds are limited and may be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. The final need criteria for this award are determined each year by the Office of Financial Aid.
Federal Work-Study Program
The Federal Work-Study (FWS) program provides campus-based job funding for students with demonstrated financial need. Students awarded FWS can earn money to help pay educational expenses. Eligible students are responsible for finding employment. Students can work either on or off-campus. Off-campus jobs will be with private, non-profit organizations or public agencies that provide community service work. Students awarded FWS are paid the current federal minimum wage or higher depending on the type of work performed. Students are paid by the hour and receive a biweekly paycheck. FWS students cannot work more than 20 hours per week during the academic year and may not work during their scheduled class times. FWS positions are advertised by the Office of Student Employment through the Handshake platform.
Direct Loan Programs
Illinois Institute of Technology participates in the Direct Loan program with the Department of Education. Fixed interest rates for the loans in this program are determined each year on July 1 by Congress. The funds for these loans come from the federal government. Below are the types of Direct Loan programs offered to students at the university.
Federal Direct Stafford Loans (Subsidized and Unsubsidized)
The Subsidized Stafford Loan is awarded to undergraduate students based on demonstrated financial need. Interest does not accrue while the student is enrolled at least half-time. The Unsubsidized Stafford Loan is a non-need based loan awarded to both undergraduate and graduate students. Interest accrues from the time the student receives the loan funds. Students have the option of paying the interest while enrolled or having the interest added to the principal upon graduation or after dropping to less than half-time enrollment. Both Stafford Loans are charged an origination fee each year before the loan disburses to the student.
Federal Direct PLUS Loans
PLUS Loans enable parents and graduate students with good standing credit to borrow money to help cover educational expenses. If a borrower is denied for this loan, they may reapply with an endorser. If a parent is not approved for the loan, the Office of Financial Aid may offer additional Unsubsidized Stafford Loan funds to an undergraduate. PLUS Loans cannot be taken in an undergraduate student’s name.
State Financial Aid Programs
Monetary Award Program (MAP)
This program, which is awarded by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC), is awarded to undergraduate Illinois residents with demonstrated financial need. To receive a MAP Grant, a student must demonstrate financial need, be a resident of Illinois, and be seeking their first bachelor's degree. The MAP Grant can only be applied to mandatory tuition and fees and is awarded on a per-credit-hour basis. Graduate courses and Kent Law courses are ineligible for MAP Grant funding. A student can receive the MAP Grant for up to a maximum of 135 credit hours. All students awarded the MAP Grant must provide proof of Illinois residency. Students do not need to repay their MAP Grants. MAP Grants are subject to state appropriations.
Institutional Financial Aid Programs
Most undergraduate students at the university receive some sort of institutional support, based on merit or need. The Office of Undergraduate Admission awards institutional funds up front to new admits and the Office of Financial Aid administers the renewal of scholarships each year. Generally, scholarships are awarded for up to four years of study. Students must be full-time (at least 12 credit hours each term) to receive institutional scholarship funds. Some university scholarships have additional requirements and will be specified to the student at the time of awarding.
Veterans’ Educational Benefits
The Illinois Institute of Technology proudly participates in administering the Montgomery GI Bill®, Post 9/11 GI Bill®, and the Yellow Ribbon® Program. Beneficiaries who plan to utilize VA benefits at the university can find all relevant information on the Office of Financial Aid's website. For the first semester using benefits, students must submit a copy of their Certificate of Eligibility and complete the Veteran Benefit Process Application. Any documentation or questions can be directed to the School Certifying Official (SCO) by emailing email@example.com or calling 312.567.7952. Beneficiaries should keep in mind that VA benefits can only be utilized for courses that are required for their academic program. Additionally, beneficiaries must maintain reasonable academic progress according to university standards. Failure to meet minimum-progress criteria can result in the loss of eligibility for educational benefits.
Taxation of Scholarships, Fellowships, and Stipends
U.S. Citizen or Resident Alien
A scholarship/fellowship payment received by a candidate for degree is generally not taxable income to the student if it is used for qualified expenses. Qualified expenses are defined by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and include tuition and required fees, and/or books, supplies, and equipment required of all students in the course. These payments do not need to be reported to the IRS by the student or Illinois Institute of Technology.
A scholarship/fellowship used for expenses other than qualified expenses is taxable income and includes payments that are used for living and incidental expenses such as room and board (housing), travel, research, clerical assistance, or equipment and other expenses that are not required for enrollment or attendance.
Although these payments are taxable income to the U.S. citizen or resident alien student, the IRS does not require the university to withhold tax on the payment. In addition, the university is not required to report these payments to the IRS. However, students are responsible for reporting these payments and remitting any tax due with their personal income tax returns.
Since the university cannot advise students regarding their personal tax matters, the student should consult with their personal tax adviser regarding the reporting of their scholarship/fellowship or stipend on their tax return.
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is the U.S. government agency that administers U.S. tax laws and collects taxes from individuals receiving payments in the United States. The U.S. tax system is based on a calendar year (January 1 through December 31).
The IRS requires that the university apply specific federal tax withholding and reporting rules to payments made to international students.
A scholarship/fellowship payment received by an international student who is a candidate for a degree is generally not taxable income to the student if it is used for qualified expenses. Qualified expenses are defined by the IRS and include tuition and required fees, and/or books, supplies, and equipment required of all students in the course. These payments do not need to be reported to the IRS by the student or the university.
A scholarship/fellowship used for expenses other than qualified expenses is taxable income and includes payments that are used for living and incidental expenses such as room and board (housing), travel, research, clerical assistance, or equipment and other expenses that are not required for enrollment or attendance. For these types of scholarships, international students with an F, J, M, or Q visa are subject to 14% federal tax withholding unless their country of residency has a tax treaty with the United States that excludes scholarships/fellowships from taxation. Payments made to international students in any other immigration status are subject to 30% withholding.
Since the university cannot advise students regarding their personal tax matters, the student should consult with their personal tax adviser regarding the reporting of their scholarship/fellowship on their tax return.
Students take financial responsibility for the payment of all education related charges and fees that become a part of their student account when those charges are due regardless of their expected reliance on third-party resources such as financial aid, family gifts, employer reimbursement, private loans, outside scholarship or sponsorship. Any balance due to the university as the result of adjustments made to estimated or confirmed financial aid, the refusal to apply for any or all of the student's financial aid, or the inability to complete the financial aid verification become the student’s responsibility for payment. Students agree to supply the Office of Financial Aid with any reasonable information or documents that they may request to complete the verification process in a timely manner. Students acknowledge that any outstanding balance due on their student account that is not paid when due is subject to service charges in the amounts or at the rates established and published by the university from time to time and that they will be prevented from registering for additional courses or obtaining official documents such as diplomas or transcripts until that outstanding balance has been paid in full. Failure to pay a past due debt may result in the debt being listed with the State Comptroller’s Offset Program, referred to a collection agency, and/or other authorized legal debt collection procedures. Under such circumstances, the student is responsible for all fees and costs incurred by the university in the collection of the past due debt, including collection fees and/or attorney’s fees.
All university mandatory and non-mandatory charges are published regularly. The official university publication of current tuition, fees, and other charges for all students can be found at web.iit.edu/student-accounting on the Tuition and Fees page. All other published tuition and fee information should be considered an estimate and not the official published rates. Continually rising costs do not permit the university to guarantee that published charges will not change. Students and parents should anticipate periodic increases in the future.
Graduate Admission Application Fee
All first time applications for graduate admission must be accompanied by a non-refundable fee. Any applicant who has attended Illinois Institute of Technology previously, or who has already paid an application fee to the university, does not have to pay a second application fee. Please contact the appropriate program admissions office for any applicable fee.
Each admitted undergraduate student is required to make a non-refundable enrollment deposit, which is credited toward the student’s cost of attendance and holds a place for the initial semester of enrollment. This deposit will disburse on the first day of class and will appear on the billing statement for the semester.
Each student admitted as a full-time degree-seeking graduate student to certain programs is required to make a non-refundable enrollment deposit, which is credited toward the student’s cost of attendance and holds a place for the initial semester of enrollment.
Undergraduates registered for 12-24 credit hours are considered full-time and will be charged full-time tuition and fees. Undergraduates registered for fewer than 12 credit hours are considered part-time and will be charged the per-credit-hour, part-time tuition and fee rate.
Graduate level enrollments are generally charged at a per credit hour tuition rate. This rate applies to all courses for which a graduate student registers, whether at the graduate or undergraduate level.
Some programs, particularly at Chicago-Kent College of Law and at Stuart School of Business, charge different rates depending on the program. Consult web.iit.edu/student-accounting for the official tuition rates.
No charge is assessed for seminars carrying zero credit hours. For review or other non-credit courses, tuition is computed by considering the number of class meetings per week as equivalent to the number of credit hours.
Graduate students registered for nine credit hours or more are considered full-time. Graduate students registered for less than nine credit hours are considered part-time.
Other Fees and Charges
A student may incur other fees and charges that are both mandatory and non-mandatory. For a complete current listing of all charges and fees, go to web.iit.edu/student-accounting. Books and supplies are available at the university bookstores. Costs for books and supplies can differ significantly depending upon the field of study. Students in the College of Architecture, for example, may spend less on books but substantially more on supplies.
The Student Accounting Office has partnered with the Illinois Institute of Technology Barnes & Noble bookstore to allow students with a student account credit balance to purchase books and supplies at the bookstore. This partnership provides students with a convenient way to purchase books prior to the start of classes using anticipated Title IV credits, eliminating the wait for a refund check. Students purchase books at either the university bookstore location or Barnes and Noble online and the charge is applied to the student account directly. Students who opt-in to this option need to complete the Title IV authorization form.
All students parking in campus parking lots must register their vehicle with Access, Card, and Parking Services and pay a parking fee at the beginning of the semester. For current fees, students should contact Access, Card, and Parking Services at iit.edu/acaps or 312.567.8968. Students authorized to park in university lots will receive a parking permit.
Student Health Insurance
All students who are registered for one billable hour are required to purchase the student health insurance policy or to submit proof of equivalent insurance before the end of the first week of classes. All students who are on an F-1 or J-1 visa and are registered for at least one class, participants in the co-op program, research or teaching assistants, or occupants of university residence halls are required to purchase the student health insurance. The premium for the insurance will be added to student tuition and fees as a charge. To avoid this charge, submit proof of comparable coverage online at iit.edu/shwc/insurance. F-1 and J-1 students may only waive the university’s coverage with proof of employer provided insurance (see waiver). Students must submit their waiver each fall (or spring for spring start students). Other students, spouses, and dependents of students may participate in the student health program, if desired. Students should consult the Student Health and Wellness Center in IIT Tower, Suite 3D9-1, at 312.567.7550, or firstname.lastname@example.org, for further details.
Each semester, billing statements will be made available to students through the MyIIT portal (my.iit.edu) through the Manage My Account icon. Billing statements are also sent to other individuals or third parties that a student designates as an authorized user(s) and for whom the student has provided the university with an email address. This billing statement will detail the then-current charges, payments, and other credits to the student's account, including the amount the student must pay and the date such payment is due. Notifications of new billing statements will be sent via email to the student's university email address as well as the email for any other responsible party that the student had designated. Students agree to monitor their university email account regularly.
Payment of Tuition, Room and Board, and Other Fees and Charges
Tuition and fees, less any authorized financial aid awards, are considered a student’s out-of-pocket responsibility. The due date for all out-of-pocket payments will be posted each semester at iit.edu/student-accounting. All out-of-pocket payments must be paid by the due date. Payment plan information can be found at web.iit.edu/student-accounting. The deadline to enroll in a plan will be posted each semester at web.iit.edu/student-accounting.
Please see web.iit.edu/student-accounting/payments/payment-plans for options and instructions related to making payments.
Illinois Institute of Technology establishes an account for each of its students for the purpose of charging tuition and fees, room and board, and other applicable university charges. Students can access their account information directly online by logging into the MyIIT portal (my.iit.edu) and clicking on the Manage My Account icon located in the menu bar. Students may view their charges, due dates for these charges, payments, and credits from financial aid at any time.
Payment of all charges for a term is due on the first day of the term to which the charges apply. If students pay less than the total amount due by the respective due date, they will be assessed a monthly late payment fee of two percent on the remaining unpaid portion.
The Student Accounting Office will accept payment only up to the total amount of tuition and fees assessed to a student's account. Payments in excess of current charges will not be accepted.
The university does reserve the right to cancel registration depending on circumstances for non-payment. If a student has a past due balance remaining, in addition to the assessment of late payment fees, the student will have a hold placed on their records. This hold will prohibit a student from obtaining official transcripts and/or registering for future-term classes until the account balance is paid in full. To be able to register for the next term, students should pay their accounts in full. For more information about registration holds and late payments, please visit: web.iit.edu/student-accounting/payments/payment-policy/past-due-accounts.
If the university receives notification that a payment has been rejected for any reason, the returned amount will be charged to the student account along with a $50 fee. Payments rejected due to insufficient funds must be replaced with a cashier’s check, money order, or credit card. Payments rejected due to invalid routing and/or account information or a closed account may be replaced with another electronic check from a different account. Following a second rejected payment, the university will no longer accept personal or electronic checks from the payee. All subsequent payments must be made by cashier’s check, money order, or credit card.
Outstanding Debts/Late Fees/Financial Holds
Any outstanding balance due on a student's account that is not paid when due is subject to service charges in the amounts or at the rates established and published by the university from time to time. A restrictive hold is placed on a student’s record when that student is delinquent in fulfilling their financial obligation to the university. A student will be considered delinquent when their account is not paid in full according to established university policies and by posted payment due dates. Students with outstanding university debt may be suspended from current term classes. Students will be prevented from registering for additional courses or obtaining official documents such as diplomas or transcripts until that outstanding balance has been paid in full. Students also acknowledge that failure to pay any amount due by the due date may result in an unfavorable report with credit bureaus and collection activities, including litigation.
Tuition Waiver Policy
Under exceptional circumstances such as withdrawal for involuntary military service, serious illness or injury, or action by the university, consideration may be given by the university for the issuing of a waiver for unused tuition upon written request to the academic department. Payments for charges other than tuition will remain the responsibility of the student. Students should consult iit.edu/registrar for the last day to add or drop a class without a penalty.
University Refund Policy
If a student’s financial aid, including any disbursements of Title IV funds such as Pell grants or federal loans, creates a credit balance on their student account, they will be refunded any such overage. If any non-financial aid payments that are made results in an overpayment of the charges on a student’s account, the university will hold these credits on the student account to be applied towards future charges, unless the student contacts the Student Accounting Office to request a refund of the overpayment, or ceases to be enrolled.
Students must be enrolled in direct deposit to receive their student refund. Refunds from financial aid credits are processed throughout the semester. Student Accounting will send an email whenever the office processes a refund, provided the student is enrolled in direct deposit. There is no fee for receiving a refund via direct deposit. For a full explanation of the university’s policies and procedures related to refunding student account credit balances, refer to web.iit.edu/student-accounting.
Health insurance fees, parking charges, and other items on a student bill cannot be automatically paid with Title IV Federal Loan funds. Students may authorize the university to pay these fees with Title IV Federal Loan funds by completing a Title IV Authorization form on the MyIIT portal and checking the “Pay Non-Institutional Charges” box. Students who do not complete this Title IV Authorization may receive a refund and still owe the university money.
Employer Tuition Deferment Plan
The Employer Tuition Deferment Plan allows students who are employed by a company that offers tuition reimbursement an opportunity to defer the reimbursable portion of their tuition until three weeks after grades are posted. By applying for the university’s Tuition Employer Tuition Deferment Plan, students recognize that their employer’s tuition reimbursement plan has qualifying conditions which they must meet in order to be reimbursed. Should a student's company refuse to pay this bill within the usual time frame for tuition deferment, the student will be personally responsible for this tuition and will be required to pay the bill in full. Students should also understand that a deferred payment fee of $55 will be due at the time of application, and it is non-refundable. If the tuition due under this agreement is not paid within three weeks following grades being posted, the student authorizes their employer to withhold the amount due from their pay and to pay that amount to Illinois Institute of Technology.
Students must understand that any amount not covered by the terms of their company’s tuition reimbursement policy is due in full by the end of the add/drop registration period and is subject to fees and a hold preventing registration for the next term. If a student fails to meet the requirements to be eligible for the university’s Employer Tuition Deferment Plan by the deadline, their tuition will not be deferred and will be due immediately.
Sponsor Billing (Third Party Invoicing)
Sponsor billing is the generation of an Illinois Institute of Technology (Illinois Tech) invoice to request payment of tuition/fees/housing for a student billed by the university to an external party or for the recovery of expenses incurred by the university on behalf of a student. Sponsors include outside parties, such as embassies, companies, and community agencies, who pay Illinois Institute of Technology directly for a student’s educational expenses with funds that did not originate with the student.
Proof of Sponsorship Required
Students whose tuition and fees are paid by a sponsor must submit proof of sponsorship from their sponsoring agency. Adequate documentation must:
- Be written in English on the sponsor’s official stationery
- Request the university to bill the sponsor for the student’s charges
- Identify the student by full name (given name first followed by family name) and Campus-Wide ID if available
- Clearly state the type and percentage of charges the sponsor will pay
- Include a billing address
- Stipulate the exact begin and end dates of the period during which the sponsor will pay the student’s charges (if the sponsor wishes to continue payment after the end date it must submit a new authorized letter)
- Contain no restrictions or contingencies (if, for example, the sponsor requires grades or transcripts prior to payment, the student must pay the original bill then seek reimbursement from the sponsoring organization)
- Be signed by an authorized official of the sponsoring organization
Processing/Altering Sponsorship Agreement
Invoices will be processed after the add/drop registration date of each semester. Any changes in eligibility for a sponsored student should be communicated to the Student Accounting Office immediately.
Students that become ineligible or have a reduction in their sponsored amount will owe this amount immediately. A restrictive hold will be placed on the account to prevent registration for subsequent terms, as well as prevent students from obtaining any official paperwork from the university.
Late Sponsorship Payment
In the event a sponsor fails to remit payment for a student, the sponsorship coverage is removed. The student is responsible for all outstanding balances on the account after the sponsorship is removed. If the student believes payment was inadvertently delinquent, it is the responsibility of the student to communicate with the sponsor to rectify this situation.
Students who fail to submit required sponsorship documentation to the Student Accounting Office in a timely manner will be held responsible for any outstanding balance on the student account, as well as penalty fees assessed to their accounts due to lack of payment.
The university’s residence halls provide facilities for room and board for undergraduate and graduate men and women. First-year students not living with their parents or guardians within a 20 mile radius of campus must live in the residence halls. Students who complete their housing contracts by July 1 are likely to receive their preferred room type. Residence hall contracts are made for the full academic year, from the first week of classes in August until the end of classes in May. Room and board charges are available on the Office of Residence Life website for students interested in submitting a room and board contract. For more information, please contact the Office of Residence Life at email@example.com or visit the website at iit.edu/housing.
All undergraduate students living on campus are required to have a meal plan. First and second year students are assigned the unlimited meal plan. Upperclass students and graduate students are allowed to choose from a variety of meal plans. Meal plans are also available to non-residents. Learn more about dining options and available meal plans on the Dining website at web.iit.edu/housing/dining.
Residence Life offers living accommodations for undergraduate and graduate students who are married, living with a domestic partner, or have a legal guardianship of a dependent. Married or family housing units are fully furnished with kitchens. All utilities as well as internet and cable are included in the price. Students applying for married or family housing must submit verification forms. For more information, please contact the Office of Residence Life at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the website at iit.edu/housing.