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Students eligible for Southern Stars receive a tuition rate 20% below our standard in-state tuition rate. This amounts to a savings of more than $6,000 over four years.

Eligibility requirements for Southern Stars

  • Apply and be admitted as a first time freshman at SIU
    • be a U.S. citizen, or other eligible non-citizen
    • be enrolled in a two- or four-year degree program
    • be enrolled at least half-time
  • Live in Southern Illinois
    The following counties are classified as being in southern Illinois for the purpose of determining eligibility for Southern Stars: Alexander, Bond, Clay, Clinton, Crawford, Edwards, Effingham, Fayette, Franklin, Gallatin, Hamilton, Hardin, Jackson, Jasper, Jefferson, Johnson, Lawrence, Madison, Marion, Massac, Monroe, Perry, Pope, Pulaski, Randolph, Richland, Saline, St. Clair, Union, Wabash, Washington, Wayne, White, and Williamson
  • Work hard in High School
    Finish a Rigorous Secondary School Program of Study which includes at least:
    • 4 years of English
    • 3 years of math, including algebra I and a higher level course such as algebra II or geometry, among others
    • 3 years of science, including at least two courses from among biology, chemistry or physics
    • 3 years of social studies
    • 1 year of foreign language
  • Apply for financial aid and be determined eligible for a Pell Grant