October 31, 2019

SIU extends its free application period through Dec. 1 due to positive response

CARBONDALE, Ill. — Southern Illinois University Carbondale Chancellor John M. Dunn announced today (Oct. 31) that the campus is extending its free application period for prospective students through Dec. 1 due to the significant level of interest the initiative has generated from high school and transfer students. 

“We are delighted at the positive feedback from students, parents, counselors, alumni and other stakeholders as a result of the university offering a free application period to help celebrate our 150th anniversary,” Dunn said. 

Originally announced going into the SIU Homecoming weekend in mid-October, the free application period was originally scheduled to run through Nov. 1.  By extending it another month, the university hopes even more students will take advantage of this limited opportunity. 

Additionally, the university is sensitive to Chicago Public School students who are affected by the teacher strike.  

“In addition to the Chicago Public School students being able to take advantage of the extended free application period, we are accommodating the timeframe for their application for admission as it relates to consideration of competitive scholarships,” said Dunn. 

SIU students currently receive a total of about $144 million in financial aid and scholarships. Nearly 90 percent of Salukis receive scholarships, grants, loans or other financial assistance. Visit the Financial Aid Office website for more information. 

Students interested in applying to SIU Carbondale can do so at admissions.siu.edu/apply. Enter the code “FREEAPP” to take advantage of this offer through Dec. 1.  

SIU has also eliminated out-of-state tuition. All domestic students pay the same tuition rate as Illinois students.