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From the ESE Program Director & Advisor

Photo of Program Director"Welcome to the University of Illinois online Earth, Society and Environmental Sustainability Bachelor Degree! We're very proud to extend our on-campus bachelor of science degree online, and we aim to give you the same high-quality instruction and support that our residential students enjoy. I'm the director—and the academic advisor—for the students in the program, and I want you to learn and succeed. Best of luck in the program, and please let me know if you need assistance."

- Dr. Jonathan Tomkin
ESE Program Director & Academic Advisor

tomkin@illinois.edu or call (217) 244-2928


  • ESE Online Live Orientation Session
    August 20, 5:00-6:00 PM Central Time.

    If you missed the live orientation session, you can use the link below to view the session recording:

    ESE Orientation Session Recording, 8-20-2012
  • Elimination of Federal Direct Subsidized Loan

    The Budget Control Act of 2011, signed into law on August 2, 2011, eliminated the in-school interest subsidy on federal loans for graduate and professional students effective July 1, 2012.

    Federal Direct Subsidized loans will no longer be available after July 1, 2012; all Federal Direct Loans available for graduate and professional students will be unsubsidized.
    The annual loan limit remains at $20,500 for graduate and professional students and $40,500 for veterinary medicine students. Previously borrowed Federal Direct Subsidized Loans will not be affected by this change. If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Student Financial Aid at finaid@illinois.edu or 217-333-0100.