SIU AIM HIGH Scholarships
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 2021. We have two AIM High scholarship types: SIU AIM HIGH Award and Saluki Scholars Award.
The freshmen AIM HIGH Award is valued at $2,500 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 $10,000 over the course of four years, as long as the recipient maintains full-time status and a 3.0 SIU GPA.
AIM HIGH Scholarships
|Requirements||Dean's Scholarship||University Excellence||AIM HIGH Award||Total Per Year||Total Award Value|
|24-27 ACT and 3.5 HS GPA||$4,000||N/A||$2,500||$6,500||$26,000|
|28+ ACT and 3.5 HS GPA||$6,000||N/A||$2,500||$8,500||$34,000|
|28+ ACT, 3.5 HS GPA and interview*||$9,500||$2,500||$12,000||$48,000|
*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.
The Saluki Scholars Award is available to both new freshmen and new transfer students entering fall 2021, and is valued at $2,000 per year.
New freshmen students who meet the AIM HIGH criteria*, have between a 18-23 ACT or 960-1150 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 $8,000 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 $6,000 over the course of three years, as long as the recipient maintains full-time status and a 3.0 GPA.
Saluki Scholars Award
|Requirements||Saluki Scholars Award||Total Per Year||Total Award Value|
|18-23 ACT/960-1150 SAT and 3.0+ HS GPA||$2,000||$2,000||$8,000|
|Minimum 30 credit hrs and 3.25-3.49 transfer GPA||$2,000||$2,000||Up to $6,000|
*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 2021-22 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 2021
- 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|
|9+||$25,920 added for each additional person|