- Applying for Aid
- Types of Aid
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 as soon as possible after Oct. 1 of each year and search for scholarships using the links above as soon as possible after November 1st of each year. We recommend filing by Feb. 15 in order to meet possible state deadlines. If you need more information on how to apply, please visit the links below:
To find out how to complete various processes for financial aid, watch a YouTube video here.
On June 21, 2019, the Retention of Illinois Students & Equity (RISE) Act was signed into law, with an effective date of Jan. 1, 2020.
As a result, the Alternative Application for Illinois Financial Aid will be available to students on ISAC’s website on Jan. 6. This application will provide a pathway to apply for Monetary Award Program (MAP) Grants for qualifying undocumented students and for transgender students who are not eligible for federal financial aid because they did not register for selective service beginning with the 2020-2021 academic year. Most Illinois students will still file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) to simultaneously apply for federal, state and institutional aid, including MAP grants. In order to receive a MAP grant, all students, whether completing the FAFSA or the Alternative Application, must still meet the eligibility criteria of the MAP program itself.
More information about the RISE Act and the Alternative Application for Illinois Financial Aid is available on the ISAC website.