Financial Aid Eligibility

To receive aid from our programs, students must:

  • Qualify for financial need.
  • Have a high school diploma or a General Education Development (GED) certificate, pass a test approved by the U.S. Department of Education, meet other standards the state establishes that the Department approves, or complete a high school education in a home setting that is treated as such under state law.
  • Be working toward a degree or certificate in an eligible program.
  • Have a valid Social Security Number (unless homeland is Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, or the Republic of Palau).
  • Register with the Selective Service (if required).  Students can use the paper or electronic FAFSA to register, log on to sss.gov or call 1-847-688-6888 (TTY users can call 1-847-688-2567).
  • Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP).
  • Certify that you are not currently in default on a federal student loan and do not owe money on a federal student grant.
  • Certify that you will use federal student aid only for educational purposes.

Important Dates

Fall 2018

  • Aug. 13 - Students may begin charging the bookstore
  • Aug. 16 - Final Registration
  • Aug. 17 - Classes begin - Full semester and 1st mini session
  • Aug. 22 - Last day for 75% refund - 1 st mini session
  • Aug. 28 - Last day for 75% refund - full semester
  • Sept. 7 - Last day to charge books
  • Sept. 21 - Financial aid checks mailed (full and 1st mini session)
  • Oct. 5 - Financial aid checks mailed (12-week session)
  • Oct. 12 - Financial aid checks mailed for 2nd disbursement of fall full session only
  • Oct. 15 - Students may charge books for 2nd mini session
  • Oct. 16 - Classes begin - 2nd mini session
  • Oct. 19 - Last day for 75% refund - 2nd mini session
  • Oct. 19 - Last day to charge books for the 2nd mini session
  • Nov. 9 -  Financial aid checks mailed - 2nd mini session
  • Nov. 16 - Financial aid checks mailed for 2nd disbursement of fall 2nd mini session only loans

The 2018-19 Scholarship Application and Award Period will be from July 5, 2018 – May 31, 2019

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