VII. Additional Information for Graduate College Applicants

Notification of Admission

In order to be admitted to the Graduate College at Illinois, applicants must meet admission requirements of both their proposed programs of study and the Graduate College. Your proposed program of study office will evaluate your application and recommend a decision for admission to the Graduate College. An official Notification of Admission from the Graduate College will be made available to you via the online application system. Admitted applicants will be sent an email notifying them that a decision letter is available, and to re-enter the system to view the decision.



Financial Assistance

Check with your proposed program of study office for its application deadline for fellowships, assistantships, or tuition waivers. You may apply for more than one type of aid by designating the order of preference. If your proposed program requires additional supporting documents and test scores, send them directly to the program of study office. In addition to your proposed program of study office, the Office of Financial Aid is a good resource: Office of Student Financial Aid, 610 East John Street, Champaign, IL 61820, phone: (217) 333-0100.

  • Fellowships. Information on fellowships is available from the Fellowship Office at the Graduate College.
  • Assistantships. Assistants enrolled in most graduate programs receive a waiver of full tuition and the service fee, provided the appointment is for not less than one-quarter time and not more than two-thirds time, and if the assistant is on appointment for at least three-quarters (91 days) of the term. Details about tuition waivers are available from the Guide to the Tuition Waiver Policy.

Please note that self-supporting and cost recovery programs may not offer these financial aid options. See a list of these programs. This list may not be complete, it's important to check with your department to find out which financial aid options are available.

Please note: For non-native speakers of English to be considered for a teaching assistantship, the TSE must be taken, and the score submitted to your proposed program of study office (please see the English Proficiency Requirement section for details). If applicants have taken the TOEFL iBT, the spoken section sub-score will be used in place of the TSE, to measure spoken English ability. The minimum iBT spoken section sub-score for international teaching assistants is currently being established, and will be available soon. Results must be submitted directly to your proposed program of study office.

  • Tuition and Service Fee Waivers. These awards waive payment of tuition and partial fees. For deadlines and applications, please contact your program of study office. For University-funded fellowships, assistantships, and tuition waivers, there are no restrictions on citizenship, age, sex, ethnic or national origin, marital status, or disability. Certain non-University-funded fellowships and assistantships may have restrictions. Before you apply for such an award, consult the office of your proposed program of study for both the types of financial aid available and the financial aid deadline. Please note: In general, most financial aid decisions are made before April 1.
  • International Applicants. Information specific to international applicant funding is available on the “International Student” page of Office of Financial Aid website.
  • Loans (for Domestic Applicants only). For information about loans, contact the Office of Student Financial Aid, 610 East John Street, Champaign, IL 61820, phone: (217) 333-0100.



Housing information is available at

Immunization Requirement at Registration

Illinois state law requires all new students to provide proof of immunity to certain contagious diseases (among them: diphtheria, measles, mumps, rubella, and tetanus) before enrollment. All admitted students will receive an Immunization Information Form, which must be completed and submitted upon arrival on campus. All international students will be screened for tuberculosis at the time of enrollment in accordance with the Illinois Department of Public Health. All students please note: if the required Immunization Information Form is not submitted, you will not be eligible to register for future terms. Immunization Information Forms are also available online from the McKinley Health Center.


Health Insurance

Health insurance is a means to partially cover the costs of health care whenever one needs medical attention in the U.S. All students at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign are required to carry health insurance coverage. For more information about the University health insurance plan, please see

Additionally, all students on J-1 status and their J-2 dependents are required by law to carry adequate health insurance for the full duration of the J-1 program. Students and their families may participate in the University insurance plan or in a private plan that provides at least comparable coverage. International students can find additional information regarding health insurance at the International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS).


Campus Safety

The University of Illinois is committed to maintaining a safe campus environment. Current campus crime statistics are available from the Division of Public Safety.