Find Your Clear Path to McKendree University!

Making it Possible - The "Clear Path" Initiative

The Clear Path tuition initiative guarantees that a student will pay no more than $15,500 in tuition and mandatory fees annually after McKendree University institutional aid has been applied.

Clear Path provides price transparency early in the college search process by ensuring the residents from 63 counties across Southern & Central Illinois they can access a personalized, supportive educational experience at Mckendree at a price very comparable to a state university.



Who Qualifies for Clear Path?

Students must meet the following requirements to be eligible:

Must be admitted to McKendree University as a first time student in Fall 2024.

Must be a full-time undergraduate student attending our Lebanon campus.

Must be an Illinois resident that resides in one of the 63 counties listed below OR attend a high school or community college located in one of the counties.



Which Illinois Counties Are Included?

Live in Southern or Central Illinois?
The following Southern and Central Illinois counties are a part of the Clear Path program:

Adams County

Alexander County

Bond County

Brown County

Calhoun County

Cass County

Champaign County

Christian County

Clark County

Clay County

Clinton County

Coles County

Crawford County

Cumberland County

DeWitt County

Douglas County

Edgar County

Edwards County

Effingham County

Fayette County

Franklin County

Gallatin County

Greene County

Hamilton County

Hardin County

Jackson County

Jasper County

Jefferson County

Jersey County

Johnson County

Lawrence County

Logan County

Macon County

Macoupin County

Madison County

Marion County

Mason County

Massac County

Menard County

Monroe County

Montgomery County

Morgan County

Moultrie County

Perry County

Piatt County

Pike County

Pope County

Pulaski County

Randolph County

Richland County

St. Clair County

Sangamon County

Saline County

Schuyler County

Scott County

Shelby County

Union County

Vermilion County

Wabash County

Washington County

Wayne County

White County

Williamson County





How Does Clear Path Work?


The Clear Path initiative ensures students that tuition and mandatory fees will not total more than $15,500 annually after all institutional scholarships have been applied.

Any additional aid for which a student is eligible will be added on after McKendree scholarships and aid is applied.  McKendree institutional aid will be reduced if total scholarship or grant aid exceed direct costs.

See how Clear Path could work for you.



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Why Should I Choose McKendree?


Choosing McKendree means making an investment in yourself. You will get a unique experience that will build a solid pathway to your future. McKendree University boasts small class sizes and one-on-one attention from knowledgeable and caring faculty. The University provides a nurturing, personalized environment for learning and has continued its tradition of excellence by fostering responsible citizenship, engaging with the community, pursuing academic excellence, and dedicating itself to lifelong learning. With more than 50 undergraduate degree programs, an abundance of internship opportunities, NCAA athletics, and scores of student organizations, McKendree offers students the opportunity for a vibrant student experience. Coupled with a 98% post-graduate success rate and an average mid-career salary of $85,100 (, McKendree will provide the path to your success.




How Can I Learn More About McKendree?


Come see what McKendree is all about by visiting us during one of our Preview Days! You’ll have the opportunity to learn about all things McKendree, including our academics, co-curricular activities, and campus life during an interactive student-faculty panel. Want to see the campus on your time? We also offer individual campus visits and virtual tours to let you see McKendree and its community in action!




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