Photo of Campus

McKendree University Announces Tuition Initiative for Southern Illinois Counties

Clear Path graphicNew initiative applies to 34 counties in the Southern Illinois region.

(LEBANON, Ill., September 15, 2021) – McKendree University will launch its Clear Path tuition initiative, which extends to 34 counties throughout Southern Illinois for students starting in the Fall 2022 semester. Clear Path will provide transparency in the scholarship and financial aid process for undergraduate students by ensuring that residents from these counties will pay no more than $15,000 in tuition and fees to attend McKendree University. McKendree has been educating students longer than any other post-secondary institution in the state and is committed to strengthening its relationship with Southern Illinois by providing an affordable, high-quality educational experience to students across the region.

The Clear Path initiative grants students the opportunity to receive the personalized experience provided by a private institution at the price of a public school. Students residing in the following counties are included: Alexander, Bond, Clay, Clinton, Crawford, Edwards, Effingham, Fayette, Franklin, Gallatin, Hamilton, Hardin, Jackson, Jasper, Jefferson, Johnson, Lawrence, Madison, Marion, Massac, Monroe, Perry, Pope, Pulaski, Randolph, Richland, St. Clair, Saline, Union, Wabash, Washington, Wayne, White and Williamson Counties.

“Choosing to become a Bearcat means more than earning your degree. You’re signing up for a unique experience that will build a solid pathway to your future,” said President Daniel Dobbins. “The McKendree family provides endless opportunities for students to grow as a person, and our passionate faculty provide individualized attention to their students, nurturing their love of learning and empowering them for success. We believe this initiative will allow us to make an even greater impact on the Southern Illinois region.”

McKendree will host five Preview Days this year, which give visitors the opportunity to learn more about the University’s academics, co-curricular activities and campus life during an interactive student-faculty panel and campus tour. Preview Days for the 2021-2022 year are as follows:

  • Saturday, Sept. 18 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

  • Monday, Oct. 11 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

  • Saturday, Nov. 6 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

  • Monday, Feb. 21 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

  • Saturday, April 23 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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 percent post-graduate success rate and an average mid-career salary of $85,100 (, McKendree will provide the path to your success.

For more information about the Clear Path initiative or for enrollment information, please contact the Office of Admission at To schedule a campus visit or register to attend a Preview Day, visit