SIU AIM HIGH Scholarships

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Through AIM HIGH and SIU Carbondale partnership funds, we’re investing over $1.9 million in additional scholarships for our new freshmen and transfer students.

The Illinois AIM HIGH grant program is an initiative of the General Assembly's Higher Education Working Group, and it is intended to help four-year universities enroll and retain talented and high-achieving students by providing grants directly to new first-year students enrolling fall 2019. We have two AIM High scholarship types: SIU AIM HIGH Award and Saluki Scholars Award.

AIM High Scholarships

SIU AIM HIGH Award

The freshmen AIM HIGH Award is valued at $2,000 per year for eligible students who meet the AIM HIGH criteria*, have a 24 ACT/1160 SAT and a 3.5 high school GPA. This award may be stacked with the SIU Dean’s Scholarship or the University Excellence Award. 

The freshmen AIM HIGH Award can be renewed up to three additional years, totaling $8,000 over the course of four years, as long as the recipient completes a minimum of 30 credit hours per year and maintains a 3.0 SIU GPA.

Dean's Scholarship University Excellence AIM HIGH Award Total per year First year Housing Scholarship Total award value
24-27 ACT and 3.5 HS GPA $4,000 N/A $2,000 $6,000 $4,000 $28,000
28+ ACT and 3.5 HS GPA $6,000 N/A $2,000 $8,000 $4,000 $36,000
28+ ACT, 3.5 HS GPA and interview* $9,500 $2,000 $11,500 $4,000 $50,000

*a separate application and interview are required to compete for the University Excellence Scholarship.  Deadline to apply is December 1. Learn more about the University Excellence Scholarship here.

 

Saluki Scholars Award

The Saluki Scholars Award is available to both new freshmen and new transfer students entering fall 2019, and is valued at $1,500 per year.

New freshmen students who meet the AIM HIGH criteria*, have between a 21-23 ACT or 1060-1150 SAT and at least a 3.0 high school GPA are eligible for the award.

The Freshmen Saluki Scholars Award may be renewed for an additional three years for high school graduates, totaling $6,000 over the course of four years, as long as the recipient completes a minimum of 24 credits per year and maintains a 3.0 SIU GPA.

New transfer students who meet the AIM HIGH criteria*, transfer a minimum of 30 credit hours and earn between a 3.25-3.49 transfer GPA are eligible for the Transfer Saluki Scholars Award.

The Transfer Saluki Scholars Award may be renewed for an additional two years, totaling up to $4,500 over the course of three years, as long as the recipient completes a minimum of 24 credits per year and maintains a 3.0 GPA.

Saluki Scholars Award Total per year Total award value First year Housing Scholarship Total award value plus housing scholarship
New Freshmen
21-23 ACT and 3.0+ HS GPA $1,500 $1,500 $6,000 $3,500 $9,500
24+ ACT and 3.0-3.49 HS GPA $1,500 $1,500 $6,000 $4,000 $10,000
New Transfer
minimum 30 credit hrs and 3.25-3.49 transfer GPA $1,500 $1,500 up to $4,500 $4,000  up to $8,500

*The Saluki Scholars Award is not stackable with any other merit award.

Please note the AIM HIGH Award and Saluki Scholars Award funding is dependent upon state appropriations and is subject to change for any future year.  Awards will be made for the 2019-20 academic year until funds are exhausted, so apply early!

*AIM HIGH Criteria

To qualify for AIM HIGH funds, students must:

  • Be a resident of Illinois and graduated from an Illinois high school
  • Be a U.S. Citizen or permanent resident
  • Complete a FAFSA and have a household income that does not exceed six times the poverty rate 
  • Meet full admissions criteria
  • Be a new first-time student starting Fall 2019
  • Be enrolled as a full-time student (at least 12 hrs) in a baccalaureate degree program

Household Income Guidelines:

Number in Household Max Family Income
1 $72,360
2 $97,440
3 $122,520
4 $147,600
5 $172,680
6 $197,760
7 $222,840
8 $247,920
9+ $25,080 added for each additional person