Banner - FAQ
Banner is one of the largest computer systems we run at the University of Illinois. It is used by all students, faculty, and staff for different functions and through different interfaces. This document answers some basic questions about Banner.
What is Banner?
Banner is a commercial ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) system designed specifically for higher education. Banner is licensed to the University of Illinois by Ellucian, the software's owner and developer. The Banner system is comprised of several tightly integrated modules that share a single database. These include Banner Student, Banner Finance, Banner Human Resources, and Banner Financial Aid.
How do students use Banner?
Students use Banner to register for classes, check grades, and access Direct Deposit. The name of the application that students use is Banner Web for Student Self-Service (also referred to as Banner Self-Service, Student Self-Service, or simply Self-Service).
How do faculty use Banner?
Faculty use Banner to access class lists, schedules, student grades, and student/advisee functions. The name of the application that faculty use is Banner Web for Faculty Self-Service (also referred to as Banner Self-Service, Faculty Self-Service, or simply Self-Service).
How do administrative support staff use Banner?
Administrative support staff use Banner for internal student support and business services in the areas of financial aid, registration, admissions, human resources, accounting, and finance. The name of the application that administrative staff use to access these services is Banner Administrative Forms (also referred to as Banner Forms).
How do I access Banner?
Depending on your campus and what you need to accomplish, you may access Banner Self-Service or Banner Forms using your campus portal or via the Application Directory web site. Check with your local Registrar's Office or IT help desk for details. A valid university NetID and password is required.
Banner Forms also requires 2-Factor Authentication (2FA) for access, in addition to your NetID credentials.
You must access the Banner Admin pages environment from a U of I network. From off-campus, you will need to connect through VPN.
Who runs and maintains Banner?
Banner is hosted, secured, and maintained by Administrative IT Services (AITS), a unit of the University of Illinois System Offices.