Education Assistance Program

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The Education Assistance Program (EAP) was established in 1982 by the Civil Service Employees Council (CSEC) of Southern Illinois University Carbondale to provide financial assistance for dependents of SIU civil service employees who attend SIU. The Education Assistance Program is financed by employee contributions, income from an endowment fund, and proceeds from fund raising activities sponsored by the Civil Service Council (CSC). Questions about the Program can be directed to the Professional Constituencies Office at 618-453-5249. The committee chair is Trish Cochran (

During the 2016-2017 Academic Year alone, the EAP awarded more than $9,900 to 38 students. Since this program began, more than $143,000 has been awarded to students that attend or have attended SIU Carbondale who are dependents of our fellow civil service employees. 

Click here for Education Assistance Program application.

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For employees who would like to contribute monthly to the program, the payroll deduction form can be completed and returned to the SIU Foundation (payroll deduction form).