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Important Notices 

FALL 2016 Disbursements

Monday, August 22nd was the first disbursement of the Fall 2016 semester. Please monitor your PAWS for updates to your student account. Due to many variables, not all students disbursed on that day. The second disbursement is Tuesday, September 6th and regular disbursements will resume each Monday and Wednesday beginning September 12th. No disbursements shall be made between the first and second disbursement dates.”

STUDENTS: File your 2016-2017 FAFSA immediately, if you have not already filed. Please see below for an important announcement from ISAC.


Suspension of MAP Award Announcements effective March 10, 2016

The Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) is suspending the announcement of 2016-17 Monetary Award Program (MAP) grants for applicants (except dislocated workers*) whose initial 2016-17 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is received by the Central Processing System (CPS) on or after Thursday, March 10, 2016.

* Dislocated Workers

Independent student applicants who are dislocated workers are not impacted by this initial suspension of 2016-17 MAP award announcements. Dislocated worker applicants will continue to have awards announced until such time that a dislocated worker suspense date is determined.

As a reminder, Public Act 098-0967 (the MAP for Dislocated Workers program) was signed into law on August 15, 2014 for the 2015-16 and 2016-17 academic years. The program provides additional and specific MAP consideration for the needs of dislocated workers, and allows them an opportunity to receive a MAP grant even if they apply later than the general pool of applicants.


Click here to visit the FAFSA site and file now.

Our Federal School Code is 001674.


Apply Now for 2016-2017 Financial Aid and Scholarships

The Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships encourages all students to apply early for financial aid and scholarships. To ensure full consideration for aid, submit your FAFSA and search for scholarships using the links above as soon as possible after January 1 of each year. We recommend filing by February 15th in order to meet possible state deadlines. If you need more information on how to apply, please visit the links below:

2016-2017 FAFSA and the IRS Data Retrieval Option

The IRS Data Retrieval will be available on the FAFSA beginning February 7. Find out how to make a correction to your 2016-2017 FAFSA using the data retrieval option. Step-by-step instructions are listed here.

Helpful Videos from Federal Student Aid

To find out how to complete various processes for financial aid, watch a YouTube video here

NEW Financial Aid Brochure

Follow this link to the most current financial aid brochure (PDF).