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Southern Illinois University Carbondale | Tuition & Fees

Southern Illinois University Carbondale   Tuition and Fees

Active Duty Military Alternate Tuition Rate – Effective Fall 2016 for incoming students


Starting with the Fall 2016 semester, undergraduate and most graduate students who are active duty military members – in all branches and including Active Guard and Reserve (AGR) and Guard and Reserve members called to Active Duty – will, regardless of residency status, pay an alternate tuition rate equal to the maximum allowable benefit per credit hour provided to such students by the Department of Defense's Military Tuition Assistance Program.1,2

This alternate tuition rate will not apply to graduate students whose academic program is the online Master of Business Administration (MBA), the online Master of Accountancy, or the online Master of Science in Supply Chain Management and Engineering, since those graduate students are charged a unique tuition structure.  This alternate tuition rate will also not apply to students whose academic program is in the School of Law or the School of Medicine.3

Other College of Business (CoB) students not noted in the preceding paragraph who would normally be required to pay the CoB differential tuition surcharge, if they qualify for this alternate tuition rate, will not be required to pay that CoB differential tuition surcharge.

For purposes of verifying the incoming student's US military service against the criteria just noted, such students will need to submit current versions of official documentation to SIU:

  • Those who are actively serving in the US military should submit a photocopy of both the front and back sides of their current unexpired military photo ID card.4

The appropriate documentation must be submitted and received within 30 school days of the official start of the term for which you applied for admission.  Late submissions can not be accepted.  Please mail the requested documentation to:

Office of the Registrar
SIU Carbondale, Mailcode 4701
1263 Lincoln Drive, Room 0251
Carbondale, IL 62901

Please be sure to include your SIU Dawg Tag (nine digit 85-ID number) along with the documentation.  As another option, you may fax the documentation to 618-453-2915.  (However, if the faxed copies are not clearly legible, we may request that you also mail them.)  Even though e-mail might seem to you to be more convenient, we do not want you to e-mail such sensitive information to us.  Finally, you may drop off the documentation at our office in room 0251 of the Student Services Building.

If you have any questions, please call 618-453-2993 during normal business hours (Monday through Friday, 8:00 to 4:30 Central time).5




1 During the period of Fall 2015 through Summer 2016, there was a more limited version of this alternate tuition rate that applied only to those classes taken at or near military bases (as designated by special class sections in the Schedule of Classes).   Starting Fall 2016, all classes that a qualifying student may take – whether on-campus, off-campus, or online – will have the alternate tuition rate noted here applied to them (unless prohibited above), and the student will also pay the mandatory fees that are appropriate to their on-campus, off-campus, and/or online class sections.

2 The maximum allowable benefit per credit hour provided by the Department of Defense's Military Tuition Assistance Program is currently $250.00.  Therefore, this alternate tuition rate starting Fall 2016 will be $250.00 per credit hour. 

3 This includes students pursuing the Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies in the School of Medicine.

4 While it is true that photocopying your military ID card is generally prohibited by Title 18, U.S. Code Part I, Chapter 33, Section 701, there is an exception for government agencies.  In our attempt to verify that you are entitled to this ATR benefit, the University falls under the authorized photocopying example of "administering other military-related benefits to eligible beneficiaries" (as noted here).  Therefore, you are permitted to provide a photocopy of your military ID card to us for this ATR benefit.

5 This ATR is not the same as the Veterans/Military ATR.