Information for Foreign Area Officers (FAOs)

Section 1


Tuition Costs—Waiver of Nonresident Portion

The nonresident portion of tuition is waived for persons actively serving in one of the Armed Forces of the United States who are stationed and present in the state of Illinois in connection with that service. The nonresident portion is also waived for the spouse and dependent children, as long as the military person remains stationed, present, and living in Illinois.

Please contact REEEC for further information.

About the Community

At the crossroads between Chicago, St. Louis, and Indianapolis, Champaign–Urbana, home to the University of Illinois, is a place where the sense of community found in small cities and towns meets the outstanding cultural and entertainment opportunities usually associated with major metropolitan areas. The campus offers rich experiences beyond the classroom, from the best performing arts to Big Ten sports. Performance centers and theatres present some of the world’s finest operas, ballets, and plays, and auditoriums host popular performers of music and shows. Great museums, lectures, and presentations by the world’s top scholars enrich both the campus and the community, one of the most cosmopolitan in the state outside of Chicago.

Champaign–Urbana offers its residents some of the finest services around. It is home to two regional medical centers, and the school districts have an extremely low student-to-teacher ratio of just 13:1. FAO’s Scott Air Force Base, home of the 375th Airlift Wing and the joint forces United States Transportation Command, is only 3 hours from Champaign–Urbana.