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 and transfer students enrolling fall 2019.

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Beginning fall 2019, Governors State University’s new AIM HIGH scholarships may qualify new first-year students and transfer students to receive guaranteed scholarships ranging from 25% to 100% of your tuition cost. Learn how GSU is investing in your present so that you can invest in your future.

  • Freshmen Students

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    Your hard work in high school is paying off. In addition to guaranteed merit-based AIM HIGH scholarships, you can earn more money for college—that you don’t have to pay back—through competitive, athletic, and creative talent scholarships.

  • Guaranteed Scholarship Criteria

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    GPA Threshold

    Scholarship

    HS GPA
    3.75 +

    $24,000
    ($6,000 annually)

    HS GPA

    3.25 – 3.749

    $20,000
    ($5,000 annually)

    HS GPA

    3.0 – 3.249

    $16,000
    ($4,000 annually)

    HS GPA

    2.75 – 2.999

    $12,000
    ($3,000 annually)

    •          2.75+ GPA and 19+ ACT Composite or 980+SAT
    •          Must agree to participate in a guided pathway first year experience of your choice.
    •          Renewable up to four years (or 8 consecutive semesters) if renewal criteria is met.
     
  • Competitive Scholarships

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    In addition to guaranteed scholarships, new first-year students are also eligible for competitive scholarships based on merit and talent. 

    • Presidential Scholarship (2 available): The highest scholarship honor is the GSU Presidential Scholarship. Up to two students receive the 2019 Presidential Scholarship. This prestigious scholarship covers the cost of tuition and fees for up to 30 credit hours each academic year (fall, spring, summer), academic year semi-suite housing in GSU’s residence hall, a Silver board plan ($1000 per semester), and $500.00 toward books per semester at the GSU Follett Bookstore. 
    • Provost’s Scholarship: Up to two students can earn a $32,000 scholarship awarded at $8,000 annually. 
    • Dean’s Scholarship: Up to four students can earn a $28,000 scholarship awarded at $7,000 annually.  
     
  • Participation in Guided Pathways

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    As an AIM HIGH scholarship recipient, you will participate in one of our Guided Pathways, which will help you focus your studies toward your career of interest or prepare you for a lifetime of learning through participation in the Honors Civic Engagement Learning Community.

    Health and Life Sciences Pathway

    As you move toward a career in the health and life sciences, choose from one of eleven tracks within the pathway, including biology, chemistry, nursing, pre-physical therapy, pre-occupational therapy, communication disorders, and others.

    GSU/PSC Nursing Track

    If you are pursuing a career in nursing, your pathway will follow a five-year curriculum. Your first two years as an undergraduate student at GSU will fulfill general education requirements and nursing preparation courses. During your third and fourth years, eligible students will complete an Associate Degree in Applied Science in Nursing at Prairie State College (PSC). You will then return to GSU as a registered nurse (RN) to complete your Bachelor of Science in Nursing.

    Guaranteed Professional Health Track

    Students who seek a challenging pathway toward a career in the health professions are encouraged to apply for our highly competitive Guaranteed Professional Health Track. Acceptance into this track guarantees admission to our masters (occupational therapy and communication disorders) and doctoral (physical therapy) programs as long as GPA and curriculum requirements are met.

    Five-Year MBA Track

    Earn a Bachelor’s degree and a Master of Business Administration in just five years through our 4+1 MBA Track, a track designed for students committed to achieving an MBA in less time. Choose from innovative MBA specializations such as business analytics, finance, leadership, and supply chain management, or work with your advisor to design your own unique concentration.

    Honors Civic Engagement Learning Community

    If you’re still figuring out your career goals—or have different goals in mind— you can take advantage of our learning community designed for freshmen in the Honors Program. Across courses, you will delve into the themes of human dignity, justice, ethical integrity, and freedom. Your courses will be enhanced to encourage innovative thinking, interdisciplinary learning, and research or creative inquiry.

    Civic Engagement and Social Change Pathway

    The Social Change and Civic Engagement Pathway provides an opportunity for students to develop an increased self-awareness through identity development.  Participants will engage in co-curricular opportunities to explore their identity through multiple dimensions of diversity and how they intersect. Additionally, this pathway will expose students to current societal matters through social justice education and service.   Students will realize the benefits of living in a multicultural world as they become more cognizant of how to become advocates and allies to ensure they are able to contribute and create welcoming and inclusive spaces.  

    Male Success Initiative Pathway

    The Male Success Initiative (MSI) is an intergenerational enrichment program designed to help male students create a game plan for their success at GSU and beyond whether they are a first year, returning or transfer student.  It focuses on employing strategies to assist in the retention and graduation of male students, particularly men of color.  MSI is committed to “Building Better Men for Greater Success” through weekly programming based upon four programming tenets to ensure participants have a holistic educational experience.  Civic engagement focuses on leadership development programs and community service efforts.  Cultural exploration concentrates on a wide range of opportunities to explore your creative, social, and intellectual ambitions through immersion in cultural activities and outings.  Curricular enhancement provides seminars focusing on study habits, time management, and learning styles, tutoring through peer to peer tutoring and study groups that encourage scholastic achievement.  Character enrichment encourages participation in activities that will increase self-awareness through social justice education while enhancing personal and professional development through mentoring.

    Transformational Leadership Pathway

    The Transformational Leadership Pathway provides an opportunity for leadership development through interactive and experiential activities.  Students will become better equipped to be effective leaders in the classroom, on campus and within our global community.  Leadership skills developed in this pathway include professional communication tactics, conflict and crisis management, group facilitation, and micro-counseling skills amongst others. Students will also garner a working knowledge of leadership theories, develop their leadership philosophy and implement a leadership initiative through their participation in this pathway.

    Career Compass Exploration Pathway

    GSU’s Four Year Career Compass takes you from the classroom to the boardroom with a customized step-by-step process designed to keep you on track from freshman through senior year. This particular AIM HIGH track provides an opportunity to experience an exciting journey to discover a place of professional and personal fulfillment, satisfaction, and contribution. It enriches a shift in campus culture, one that is focused on strengths based education, which has become part of an ongoing culture change for our campus community that allows our students to identify not only interests, but also natural talents that parlay into academic majors and lifelong pursuits. Near the end of your academic journey, we will walk you through the entire job search process, helping you craft a dynamic resume, identify valuable internships, and cultivate sure fire interview skills that wow hiring managers.

    Undergraduate Academic Advising Center
    (708) 534-8043
    advising@govst.edu
    Location: C-3385

    For a complete listing of academic programs, visit www.govst.edu/ProgramListing

  • AIM HIGH Criteria

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    AIM HIGH Criteria
    To qualify for AIM HIGH funds, students must:

    • Have attended an Illinois high school
    • Be enrolled full time in a baccalaureate degree program at GSU for the first time in Fall 2019
    • Be a resident of Illinois 
    • Be a U.S. Citizen or eligible non-citizen 
    • Complete a FAFSA and not have household income that exceeds six times the poverty rate 
    • Meet full admissions criteria (see criteria in the accordion below as they pertain to freshman or transfer students)
    • Not yet have earned a baccalaureate degree or 135 undergraduate credit hours 
    • Not be in default of student loans or owe a refund or repayment of state or federal grants or scholarships 
     
  • Frequently Asked Questions

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    What is GSU’s AIM HIGH commitment?
    GSU’s AIM HIGH commitment is a new financial aid program that can significantly reduce – and in some cases completely offset – tuition and fees for qualified Illinois students who enroll at GSU beginning Fall 2019.

    How do I qualify?

    To qualify, you must:

    • Be a resident of Illinois, with at least one parent (listed on your FAFSA) also an Illinois resident
    • Family income must not exceed AIM HIGH Guidelines. (see chart below)
    • Be admitted to GSU as an incoming full-time freshman (12 or more credit hours) with your financial aid packaged by April 1, 2019
    • Have a minimum 2.75+ GPA on a 4.0 scale and 19+ ACT Composite or 980+SAT

    How do I apply?
    Complete your FAFSA requirements and be admitted to GSU by April 1. No separate application required.

    Do I need to submit a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)?
    Yes, to qualify for this program, you must submit a FAFSA at fafsa.gov starting October 1. We recommend you file your FAFSA as soon as possible, and make sure to include GSU’s school code (009145) on your FAFSA so we receive your information.

    Can I receive other financial aid in addition to the AIM HIGH funds?
    Yes. The GSU AIM HIGH funds are intended to offset tuition and mandatory fees before all other merit and gift aid is applied to a student’s account. Additional aid such as loans and student employment can also be received in order to assist in paying other educational expenses such as room and board, supplies, and other personal or miscellaneous expenses. However, your total financial aid package cannot exceed the cost of attendance.

    Do current GSU or GSU graduate students qualify?
    No. The state of Illinois mandates require this program only be available to first-time freshman and transfer students beginning Fall 2019.

    What costs are covered?
    The full cost of tuition and mandatory fees, including textbook rental fees.

    Do AIM HIGH funds cover room and board?
    Room and board, course-specific fees such as laboratory fees, study abroad fees, new student program fees, and indirect expenses like supplies and travel.

    Will the program be available to me my whole time at GSU?
    You are eligible for the program for up to eight continuous semesters (Spring and Fall), so long as you meet the renewal criteria. The program is dependent upon continued state appropriation of associated funds.

    What are the renewal criteria?
    To remain qualified after your first year, you must:

    How do I determine the poverty rate relative to my family size?

    Use the chart below to determine federal government poverty guidelines based on family size. For example, the poverty level for a family of four would be $24,600.

    2018 Poverty Guidelines for the 48 Contiguous States and the District of Columbia

    Number of People in Household

    Family Income

    AIM HIGH
    Max Income

       One

    $12,060

    $72,360

       Two

    $16,240

    $97,440

       Three

    $20,420

    $122,520

       Four

    $24,600

    $147,600

       Five

    $28,780

    $172,680

       Six

    $32,960

    $197,760

       Seven

    $37,140

    $222,840

       Eight

    $41,320

    $247,920

    For more than eight, add this amount for each additional person

    $4,180

    $25,080

    https://aspe.hhs.gov/poverty-guidelines for more information.

    How is GSU AIM HIGH funded?
    In Spring 2018, the Higher Education Working Group—a bipartisan group of Illinois legislators interested in finding common-ground and viable solutions—proposed and passed a new merit-based grant program. That program—the AIM HIGH Grant—was signed into law in August 2018. The GSU Guaranteed Scholarship is dependent on that grant and on state appropriation annually.

     

 

  • Transfer Students

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    In addition to guaranteed merit-based AIM HIGH scholarships, you can earn more money for college—that you don’t have to pay back—through competitive, athletic, and creative talent scholarships. Transfer students also will have access to more than $200,000 in guaranteed scholarships based on the cumulative GPA from the community college that awards their associate degree.

  • Guaranteed Scholarship Criteria

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    In addition to guaranteed merit-based AIM HIGH scholarships, you can earn more money for college—that you don’t have to pay back—through competitive, athletic, and creative talent scholarships. Transfer students also will have access to more than $200,000 in guaranteed scholarships based on the cumulative GPA from the community college that awards their associate degree.

    GPA Threshold

    Scholarship

    Cumm GPA
    3.75 +

    $8,000
    ($4,000 annually)

    Cumm GPA (Phi Theta Kappa)

    3.5 – 3.749

    $6,000
    ($3,000 annually)

    Cumm GPA

    3.25 – 3.499

    $4,000
    ($2,000 annually)

    • Renewable up to two years (or 4 consecutive semesters) if renewal criteria is met.
     
  • Competitive Scholarships

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    In addition to guaranteed and competitive  scholarships, new transfer students enrolled in our nationally recognized Dual Degree Program are also eligible for competitive scholarships based on merit and talent.

    • DDP Honors: This scholarship is for high-achieving, first-time, transfer students who are enrolled in the Dual Degree Program. Learn more here.
    • STAR Scholars: This scholarship is for high-achieving, first-time, transfer students who are enrolled in the Dual Degree Program and the Chicago STAR Scholars program. Learn more here.
    • DDP Promise: The GSU Promise is a scholarship created by President Elaine P. Maimon to assist economically disadvantaged students to complete a bachelor’s degree at GSU. Learn more here
     
  • Male Success Initiative Grant

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    In addition, transfer students who actively participate in our GSU MSI Program at their community college are eligible for $1,000 grant ($500 per semester) in their first year of study at Governors State University. Learn more here.

  • AIM HIGH Criteria

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    AIM HIGH Criteria
    To qualify for AIM HIGH funds, students must:

    • Have attended an Illinois high school
    • Be enrolled full time in a baccalaureate degree program at GSU for the first time in Fall 2019
    • Be a resident of Illinois 
    • Be a U.S. Citizen or eligible non-citizen 
    • Complete a FAFSA and not have household income that exceeds six times the poverty rate 
    • Meet full admissions criteria (see criteria in the accordion below as they pertain to freshman or transfer students)
    • Not yet have earned a baccalaureate degree or 135 undergraduate credit hours 
    • Not be in default of student loans or owe a refund or repayment of state or federal grants or scholarships 
     
  • Frequently Asked Questions

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    What is GSU’s AIM HIGH commitment?
    GSU’s AIM HIGH commitment is a new financial aid program that can significantly reduce – and in some cases completely offset – tuition and fees for qualified Illinois students who enroll at GSU beginning Fall 2019.

    How do I qualify?

    To qualify, you must:

    • Be a resident of Illinois, with at least one parent (listed on your FAFSA) also an Illinois resident
    • Family income must not exceed AIM HIGH Guidelines. (see chart below)
    • Be admitted to GSU as an incoming full-time transfer student (12 or more credit hours) with your financial aid packaged by April 1, 2019
    • Have earned an Associate Degree with a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher from the awarding institution.

    How do I apply?
    Complete your FAFSA requirements and be admitted to GSU by April 1. No separate application required.

    Do I need to submit a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)?
    Yes, to qualify for this program, you must submit a FAFSA at fafsa.gov starting October 1. We recommend you file your FAFSA as soon as possible, and make sure to include GSU’s school code (009145) on your FAFSA so we receive your information.

    Can I receive other financial aid in addition to the AIM HIGH funds?
    Yes. The GSU AIM HIGH funds are intended to offset tuition and mandatory fees before all other merit and gift aid is applied to a student’s account. Additional aid such as loans and student employment can also be received in order to assist in paying other educational expenses such as room and board, supplies, and other personal or miscellaneous expenses. However, your total financial aid package cannot exceed the cost of attendance.

    Do current GSU or GSU graduate students qualify?
    No. The state of Illinois mandates require this program only be available to first-time freshman and transfer students beginning Fall 2019.

    What costs are covered?
    The full cost of tuition and mandatory fees, including textbook rental fees.

    Do AIM HIGH funds cover room and board?
    Room and board, course-specific fees such as laboratory fees, study abroad fees, new student program fees, and indirect expenses like supplies and travel.

    Will the program be available to me my whole time at GSU?
    You are eligible for the program for up to eight continuous semesters (Spring and Fall), so long as you meet the renewal criteria. The program is dependent upon continued state appropriation of associated funds.

    What are the renewal criteria?
    To remain qualified after your first year, you must:

    How do I determine the poverty rate relative to my family size?

    Use the chart below to determine federal government poverty guidelines based on family size. For example, the poverty level for a family of four would be $24,600.

    2018 Poverty Guidelines for the 48 Contiguous States and the District of Columbia

    Number of People in Household

    Family Income

    AIM HIGH
    Max Income

       One

    $12,060

    $72,360

       Two

    $16,240

    $97,440

       Three

    $20,420

    $122,520

       Four

    $24,600

    $147,600

       Five

    $28,780

    $172,680

       Six

    $32,960

    $197,760

       Seven

    $37,140

    $222,840

       Eight

    $41,320

    $247,920

    For more than eight, add this amount for each additional person

    $4,180

    $25,080

    https://aspe.hhs.gov/poverty-guidelines for more information.

    How is GSU AIM HIGH funded?
    In Spring 2018, the Higher Education Working Group—a bipartisan group of Illinois legislators interested in finding common-ground and viable solutions—proposed and passed a new merit-based grant program. That program—the AIM HIGH Grant—was signed into law in August 2018. The GSU Guaranteed Scholarship is dependent on that grant and on state appropriation annually.

     
 

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