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Southern Illinois University Carbondale | Tuition & Fees

Southern Illinois University Carbondale   Tuition and Fees

Senior Citizen Courses Act

Illinois statute 110 ILCS 990/ ("Senior Citizen Courses Act") applies to resident senior citizens age 65 or older who are admitted to an Illinois public institution of higher education such as SIU Carbondale, and whose annual household income falls below the income level threshold specified in the "Senior Citizens and Disabled Persons Property Tax Relief and Pharmaceutical Assistance Act."  This household income level threshold is defined as 200% of the current federal poverty level.¹

The statute specifies that SIU Carbondale "... shall permit senior citizens accepted for admission to enroll without the payment of tuition in regularly scheduled credit courses, other than credit courses designed specifically for senior citizens, provided that available classroom space exists and tuition paying students enrolled constitute the minimum number required for the course."

Even though course tuition for these credit courses is to be waived rather than charged, the statute allows SIU Carbondale to charge other course fees that would normally be charged to non-senior citizen students who are registered in the same courses.

For more information about this, please contact:

Financial Aid Academic Scholarships Office
SIU Carbondale, Mailcode 4702
1263 Lincoln Drive, Room 0214
Carbondale, Illinois 62901

You may also contact that office by phone at (618) 453-4628, by fax at (618) 453-3369, by e-mail at, or by stopping by room 0214 of the Student Services Building.

For that office to process your qualification determination, you should be prepared to fill out a tuition waiver application – available from that office – and to provide proof of your age, Illinois residency, and annual household income.

¹ In other words, when using the linked-to federal poverty level chart, double the appropriate amount shown in order to figure the income level threshold defined in the Illinois statute.