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Applicants to CEE at Illinois will automatically be considered for all department scholarships and awards for which they are eligible. The University of Illinois provides financial assistance from a variety of University, federal, state and private resources, including free tuition for eligible in-state students and generous need-based scholarships. 


Tuition & Costs

Visit the Office of Admissions for information about tuition and expenses.

Tuition and Expenses →

Illinois Commitment

Four years. Free tuition. For all in-state students who meet eligibility requirements.

Illinois Commitment →

Office of Student Financial Aid

Information about types of aid, as well as the financial aid application form.

OSFA website →

Illinois Promise

A scholarship for newly admitted students at the University of Illinois who have the greatest amount of need.

I-Promise →

CEE Scholarships & Awards

Each year, CEE awards thousands of dollars in scholarships, fellowships and awards to outstanding students.

See CEE scholarships & past winners →

Paid Research for Undergrads

CEE offers paid research opportunities for students to work with in labs with faculty on their research projects.

Research Experience for Undergrads →

Graduate Funding:

Tuition and fees

The Office of the Registrar includes detailed information about tuition rates and fees, including how the rates are determined and rates by academic year.

Office of the Registrar

Graduate Funding

Submitting the application for admission places you in the candidate pool for consideration for all fellowships administered by the Graduate College, along with fellowships and assistantships offered within the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.  The application includes basic information about you as a candidate, your personal statement, three letters of reference, and transcripts.

With regard to CEE funding, the number of applicants far exceeds the amount of funding that we have available.  Only the most talented applicants who match the research needs of our professors receive funding from CEE. The selection process is difficult and we are able to give funding to only a small number of applicants.

A list of graduate fellowships awarded by CEE is available here.

External Fellowships

For information about external fellowships, please see the Graduate College's External Fellowship information and Database.

The Grainger Engineering Ph.D. Commitment

Grainger Engineering Ph.D. students in their first five years of enrollment are guaranteed a funded appointment for fall and spring that includes a full tuition waiver, a partial fee waiver, and a stipend. Students are also eligible for summer support. Students must remain in Good Academic Standing (see the Graduate College Handbook, Part I, Chapter 3.2) and successfully perform the duties of their assistantships.

Learn more about the Ph.D. Commitment


Additional information:

The Grainger College of Engineering has additional information on support available for eligible undergraduate and graduate engineering students, including merit-based scholarships for incoming freshmen. Learn more on the Grainger website.

Grainger website

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Undergraduate Admissions

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Graduate Admissions

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