University of Illinois launches free tuition program for income-qualified students

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Some future incoming students at the University of Illinois Champaign - Urbana may be eligible for free tuition.

The Illinois Commitment is a new program is for students whose family's annual income is $61, 0000 or less. The university hopes the new program will help make attending the school more affordable for middle-income Illinois families.

The program is set to begin in 2019.

According to the university, to qualify for free tuition students must meet the following requirements:

  • They are an Illinois resident (parents listed on FAFSA must also be residents)
  • Their family income is $61,000 or less
  • Their family’s assets are less than $50,000
  • They are admitted as a new freshman or transfer student
  • They are under the age of 24