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 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

Spring 2019

  • Jan 3 - Students may begin charging in the bookstore
  • Jan 3 - Classes begin - Full semester and 1st mini session
  • Jan 9 - Final schedule adjustment
  • Jan 14 - Last day for 75% refund
  • Jan 21 - Holiday - College closed
  • Feb 1 - Last day to charge books
  • Feb 22 - Financial aid checks mailed
  • Mar 1 - Scholarship application cycle opens
  • Mar 11 - Students may begin charging books for the 2nd mini session
  • Mar 16 - Last day for 75% refund - 2nd mini session
  • Mar 25 - Financial Aid checks mailed for 2nd disbursement of Spring only Full Session loans
  • Apr 8 - Financial aid checks mailed - 2nd mini session
  • Apr 15 - Financial Aid checks mailed for 2nd disbursement of Spring 2nd mini session only loans
  • Apr 30 - Scholarship application cycle closes

The 2019 Scholarship Application Period will be open from March 1 – April 30, 2019

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