The School has fewer than 20 partial scholarships available for use in recruiting many deserving students who have financial need, including female and minority students. As a result, many students who want to attend the SIUE School of Engineering must enroll instead at community colleges or other institutions that offer them scholarships.
Many of those students who do enroll at SIUE either take on too many work hours so they can earn enough money to pay their next tuition bill, or take on increasingly larger amounts of debt. Those who borrow money are often turning to private loans with high interest rates and are graduating with an average debt of $17,000. Through the campaign, the School seeks endowed scholarships that guarantee deserving students four years of scholarship support as long as they remain in good academic standing. The School seeks to offer a combination of need- and merit-based scholarships to provide opportunity to more students who can benefit from an SIUE education.