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 enrolling in the Fall and Spring semester.
What costs are covered?
Up to 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 (Fall and Spring), 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
For more than eight, add this amount for each additional person
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.