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Southern Illinois University Carbondale   Tuition and Fees

SIU Carbondale Tuition and Fees Overview


The authority to establish and collect tuition and fees for credit courses offered at SIU Carbondale has been vested in the SIU Board of Trustees (BOT).  The BOT reviews and votes each Spring on proposed changes to SIU Carbondale tuition and student fees, and any such approved changes normally take effect during the following Fall semester.1


Student Tuition Charges

Incoming undergraduates pay a per hour tuition rate that is based on their first term of enrollment (registration) at SIU Carbondale.  This rate is normally guaranteed to stay the same for four years.2  On the other hand, graduate and professional students pay per hour tuition rates that are subject to change with each new fiscal year.

Tuition is normally assessed for all hours for which a student is enrolled in a semester; however, undergraduate and most graduate students who started at SIU Carbondale prior to Fall 2016 normally have their tuition charges "capped" at 15 credit hours per semester.3

Tuition rates for students who are not Illinois residents are normally higher than the "in-state" rates for Illinois residents.4  However, effective Fall 2017, non-resident domestic undergraduate students now pay tuition rates that are equivalent to the appropriate "in-state" rate.5


Student Fee Charges

Mandatory student fees are subject to change with each new fiscal year.  Effective Fall 2018, a single General Student Fee will be assessed for undergraduate students, most graduate students, Law students, and first year MD students.  This fee will be "uncapped" for most students charged this fee.6  The amount of this fee will be different for off-campus and online courses than it is for on-campus courses.

On-campus students are also normally assessed the Student Insurance Fee, and all undergraduate students are normally assessed the Student-to-Student Grant Fee.  These fees may be refundable as described here.

Information about other fees that do not necessarily apply to all students, or that apply only at certain points of the student's time at SIU Carbondale, is available here.


Other Information

Tuition and fee calculators are provided here to help estimate current and near future costs of the tuition and fees described above.  Financial Aid cost-of-attendance budgets (and Net Price Cost Calculator) are provided here for planning purposes.

Tuition and fees for all students are assessed by the Registrar's Office.  Most grants, scholarships, or loans that are credited to the student's account to offset tuition and fee charges are processed by the Financial Aid Office.  Most campus charges, credits, and fines related to a student's account are centrally billed by the Bursar's Office and are viewable by logging into SalukiNet and doing a search for "statement" among the available tasks.




1 The fees established by the BOT are payable by all students unless they are specifically exempted by the BOT.  All fees are considered to be institutional in nature and require payment regardless of whether or not the student receives direct benefits or is in a location which permits access to such benefits.

2 After four years, undergraduates who have not completed their studies will then be charged a new tuition rate that will normally be guaranteed to stay the same for two additional years.  After the end of six years, these undergraduates will be charged tuition rates that are subject to change with each new fiscal year.  More information about this undergraduate tuition rate guarantee is here.

3 Graduate School tuition for all Physician Assistant Studies (PAS) graduate students is capped at 15 credit hours, but their PAS tuition surcharge is not capped.  The capping (or not capping) of the differential tuition surcharge for students in the College of Business mirrors the capping (or not capping) of their normal tuition.

4 Tuition rates assessed for off-campus or online courses taken by non-resident undergraduate and graduate students are normally equivalent to the appropriate "in-state" tuition rate.  Graduate students in the online MBA program have a distinct tuition/fee structure of $854 per credit hour.

5 The Fall 2017 tuition policy change for non-resident domestic undergraduate students is explained here.  This change in tuition policy does not apply to international undergraduate students or to graduate and professional students.  Some of these latter students may be able to be reclassified as Illinois residents in order to lower their tuition rate, or else may be able to qualify for an Alternate Tuition Rate that will lower their tuition rate.

6 The General Student Fee will not be charged to second year PAS graduate students or to second through fourth year MD students; instead, they will be charged alternate fees.  The normally-uncapped General Student Fee will be capped at 15 credit hours per semester for Law students, for first year PAS graduate students, and for first year MD students.  More information about this General Student Fee is here.