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.

AIM HIGH Guaranteed Scholarships 

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
    •          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 2020 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.  
    Download the Freshman Presidential, Provost and Deans Scholarships Application  
  • AIM HIGH Program Tracks

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    As an AIM HIGH scholarship recipient, you will be encouraged to participate in one of our AIM HIGH Program Tracks, which will help you focus your studies toward your career of interest and prepare you for a lifetime of learning. You will formalize your selection from a wide array of pathways at your summer orientation. For a complete list and description, please visit: https://www.govst.edu/AIMHIGH-tracks  

  • 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.
    • 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.

    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)
    • 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. 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 the Fall semester.

    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)

    Cumm GPA

    2.75 – 3.249

    $3,000
    ($1,500 annually)

    • Must meet all AIM HIGH requirements (see below).
    • Transfer students from community colleges must have earned associates degrees to qualify for AIM HIGH grants.
    • Transfer students with 24 or more transfer credits from any four-year institutions do not require earned associates degrees.
    • Transfer students with 23 or less transfer credits from four-year institutions will be considered for First-Year AIM HIGH criteria and award amounts.
     
  • 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:

    • Be enrolled full time in a baccalaureate degree program at GSU for the first time.
    • 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 above 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.

    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).
    • 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. 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.

    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 Confirmation Form

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    Please use this link to confirm the scholarship.

 

Remember to use the AIMHIGH19 fee waiver code to Apply Online or Request Information!