Kickstart Your Future with Rise Academy

Become a Rise Scholar at Chicago State University

Whether you’re already accepted to Chicago State or still looking at where to apply, Rise Academy is a unique opportunity only for CSU freshmen. Once accepted at CSU, you can enroll as a Rise Scholar and be equipped with the financial resources and dedicated on-campus support systems you need to succeed during your first year of college.

Rise Scholars can earn:


Free tuition and fees scholarship*


4-year personal laptop

Free textbooks

Free textbooks

Dedicated Rise Academy advisor

Dedicated Rise Academy advisor


*The Rise Academy scholarship is applied after accounting for other scholarships and aid (such as the Pell grant).
This scholarship does not cover room and board expenses.



Information Sessions

Click here to register for a Rise Academy info session to learn how you can get your first year of school tuition-free!

2024 Time
Feb 21 3pm to 4pm
March 6, 20
April 3,10, 17, 24
May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
June 5. 12.19.26

Potential Students can Schedule an information session here.

Apply to CSU to join the
Fall 2024 Rise cohort!
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How We Support Rise Scholars

  • A Rise scholarship that covers your first year of tuition and fees
  • A 4-year personal laptop including internet hotspot access
  • Free textbooks to further reduce financial barriers
  • Dedicated workshops, advisors, and resources for added support and guidance

What Does Rise Academy Include?

Rise Academy students get a head start on their college experience with a 5-week summer program that continues throughout the academic year. By joining this unique program, you can:

  • Test-drive your first CSU course
  • Make the most of your college resources
  • Take a closer look at your career path
  • Establish lasting relationships with faculty, staff, and students across campus

Rise Scholars in Atrium

The Complete Chicago Experience

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