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First-Year Student Scholarships

107,472 Reasons*

Why Illinois Tech is one of the best value universities in the country

As an Illinois Tech student, you’ll automatically be considered for our university’s generous merit scholarships. On average, this adds up to a savings of $107,472 on tuition and housing for every student during your four years at Illinois Tech ($134,340 for five years, based on fall 2021 figures). 

We’re committed to dramatically reducing the cost of your degree, so you can focus on learning at one of the most dynamic and innovation-driven universities in the country.

*Want some more great reasons?

  • On top of our merit scholarship, on average, Illinois Tech awards our students an additional $34,412 each in need-based tuition aid over four years ($43,015 for five years). (among FAFSA filers, fall 2021)
  • We’re the #42 Best Value School in the nation (U.S. News & World Report)
  • 98% of our students receive some form of financial aid
  • The mean starting salary of our undergraduates is $62,655.

Learn about our First-Year Domestic Scholarships

The following merit scholarships are available to first-year students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents. If you are an international student, visit international undergraduate student scholarships.

Deadline November 15
Apply under Early Decision I or Early Action I to be considered
Crown Scholarship (Full Tuition)
Duchoissois Leadership Scholars (Full Tuition and Board)
M.A. and Lila Self Leadership Academic Scholars (Full Tuition)

Deadline January 15
Apply under Early Decision I/II or Early Action I/II to be considered
Illinois Tech VEX Robotics Scholarship ($25,000 annually)
Illinois Tech FIRST Robotics ($25,000 annually)
The Chicago Difference (Up to Full Tuition, Board and Fees)
Illinois Tech Esports Scholarship ($5,000 annually)

Deadline March 1
Apply under any application deadlines to be considered
NROTC Preparatory Scholarship (Full Tuition and Board)
Henry T. Heald Scholarship ($10,000-$30,000 annually)
Chicago Police and Fire Departments Scholarship ($20,000 annually)
Elevate Award / EDGE Scholarship (varies)
Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) (Up to full tuition)
Alumni Scholarship ($1000 annually)

PLEASE NOTE: If a student earns multiple Illinois Institute of Technology merit scholarships throughout the admission process, the university will award the highest merit award for which the student is qualified but will not combine multiple awards.

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The Chicago Difference – An Illinois Tech Initiative

Illinois Tech is proud to launch The Chicago Difference — a community transformation and scholarship initiative designed to provide wraparound support for talented young people from underrepresented backgrounds across Chicago.  Learn More