Your hard work in high school is paying off. As an incoming freshman with high academic performance, you have the opportunity to save on your tuition with our AIM HIGH scholarships. AIM HIGH scholarships are only awarded during the Fall and Spring semesters–and in limited quantities–so apply today to secure your chance at earning your reward! You can also request more info for further details.


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Scholarship Criteria

GPA Threshold
 
Scholarship 
 
HS GPA
3.5 +
 
$6,000 per year
 
HS GPA
2.75 – 3.49
 
$4,000 per year
 

  • 2.75+ GPA
  • Renewable up to four years (or 8 consecutive semesters) if renewal criteria is met. 
 

AIM HIGH Criteria


To qualify for AIM HIGH, students must:

  • Have attended an Illinois high school.

  • Be enrolled full time in a baccalaureate degree program at Governors State for the first time.

  • Be a resident of Illinois.

  • Be a U.S. Citizen or eligible non-citizen.

  • Not have household income that exceeds six times the poverty rate.

  • Meet full admissions criteria.

  • 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. 
 

Renewal Criteria


To remain qualified after the first year, you must:

  • Stay continuously enrolled as a full-time student at Governors State.

  • Meet all conditions of the Satisfactory Academic Progress standards within Financial Aid. Click here for full SAP policy.  
 

Questions?


For more specific information on our AIM HIGH Scholarships, please reach out to us at admission@govst.edu or 708-534-4490.

You may also view our answers to some frequently asked questions below:


Governors State’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 Governors State.
 

To qualify, you must:
  • Be a resident of Illinois, with at least one parent also an Illinois resident
  • Family income must not exceed AIM HIGH Guidelines (see chart in answer to "How do I determine the poverty rate relative to my family size?" below
  • Be admitted to Governors State University as an incoming full-time freshman (12 or more credit hours)
  • Have a minimum 2.75+ GPA on a 4.0 scale
 

Be admitted to GSU. No separate application required.
 

Yes. The Governors State 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.
 

No. The state of Illinois mandates require this program only be available to first-time freshman and transfer students enrolling the Fall and Spring semester.
 

Up to the full cost of tuition and mandatory fees, including textbook rental fees.
 

AIM HIGH covers the following: tuition and fees, on-campus housing, meal plans, and GSU bookstore purchases.
 

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.
 

To remain qualified after the first year, you must:

  • Stay continuously enrolled as a full-time student at Governors State

  • Meet all conditions of the Satisfactory Academic Progress standards within Financial Aid. Click here for full SAP policy.
 

Use the chart below to determine federal government poverty guidelines based on family size.

2020 Poverty Guidelines for the 48 Contiguous States and the District of Columbia
Number of People in Household   Family Income   AIM HIGH Max Income  
One $12,760 $72,840
Two $17,240 $98,760
Three $21,720 $124,680
Four $26,200 $150,600
Five $30,680 $176,520
Six $35,160 $202,440
Seven $39,640 $228,360
Eight $44,120 $254,280
For more than eight, add this amount for each additional person $4,480 $25,920

For more information, please visit ASPEM.
 

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 Governors State University Guaranteed Scholarship is dependent on that grant and on state appropriation annually.
 






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