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Financial Aid

Applying for financial aid

Students interested in financial aid apply through the Financial Aid office of the member university after applying for admission. The first step is usually to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) available online or from the university’s financial aid offices.  Students reapply for financial aid each year.

Free FAFSA help sessions throughout Lake County

College students and their parents can get help applying for college financial aid by attending one of dozens of free FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) Workshops to be held at locations throughout Lake County from January until early March. All college-bound high school students and their parents, along with current college students, are invited to attend, no matter where they plan to go to college.

2016 Lake County sessions:
January 08 Round Lake HS – Library 3:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.
January 09 Waukegan HS – Brookside Campus 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
January 11 Zion-Benton Public Library 6 – 8 p.m.
*January 13 North Chicago Community HS 9 am – 5 p.m.
January 13 Lake County HS Technology Campus 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
January 14 Mundelein HS 6 – 8 p.m.
January 19 Warren-Newport Public Library 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
*January 20 North Chicago Community HS 9 a.m. – 5p.m.
January 20 Cristo Rey Saint Martin de Porres HS 5 – 7 p.m.
January 23 Cristo Rey Saint Martin de Porres HS 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
*January 25 Zion-Benton Township HS 6 – 8 p.m.
January 28 Highland Park HS 4 – 8 p.m.
January 30 Waukegan HS – Washington Campus 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

February 06 Waukegan HS – Washington Campus 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
February 09 Waukegan Public Library 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
February 10 SIUC-University Center Grayslake 6 – 8 p.m.
February 13 College of Lake County – Grayslake Campus 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
February 17 Round Lake HS – Library 3 – 6 p.m.
February 19 YouthBuild of Lake County 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
February 20 Waukegan HS – Brookside Campus 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
February 27 College of Lake County – Lakeshore Campus 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

March 05 Waukegan HS – Washington Campus 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

*These workshops open only to students/families from that school district.  Other workshops are open to the community.

To RSVP for any of these sessions, click here.

Students should bring the following documents with them: a copy of 2015 or 2014 Federal Tax information (parent and student 1040EZ, 1040A or 1040 and all W2 forms), recent bank statements, the student’s driver’s license and Social Security card or Student Alien Registration card if the student is not a U.S. citizen. If tax forms have not been completed yet, please bring W-2 forms and your final paycheck stub for 2015.

The workshops are being sponsored by the University Center of Lake County, the Illinois Student Assistance Commission, the College of Lake County, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, TRIO Educational Talent Search, the Lake County Regional Office of Education, YouthBuild Lake County, Waukegan Public Library, Warren-Newport Public Library, Zion-Benton Public Library, Mundelein High School, Round Lake High School, Waukegan High School, Cristo Rey St. Martin de Porres High School, Zion-Benton Township High School, North Chicago Community High School, and Highland Park High School, with support from Associated Bank, Exchange Club of North Chicago, and North Shore Gas.

FAFSA is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, which must be filled out for students to be considered for state and all federal financial aid. Financial aid information is also available online at or at

For more information, contact C. Myra Gaytan-Morales, Assistant Dean for Academic Programs & Services, University Center of Lake County, at (847) 665-4108 or


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Researching scholarships and other forms of financial aid

For comprehensive information about Illinois grant awards and subsidized loans, plus links to help you research other scholarship opportunities, visit the Illinois Student Assistance Commission website. This website also provides advice about how to avoid financial aid scams.  Be wary and check the FTC’s Scholarship Scams site before paying for any financial aid application assistance or scholarship searches. 

  • Fastweb offers a free internet scholarship research service.
  • The U.S. Department of Education has a comprehensive set of financial aid resources.
  • If you are particularly tall or have a flair for duck-calling or have been promoting vegetarianism in high school, may have just the specialized scholarship for you. Entertaining reading, even if you don’t find one that pertains to you.
  • GoodCall enables students to research scholarships without having to establish an account or provide personal information.

Some specific local and national scholarships

  • Information about the Coalicion Latinos Unidos de Lake County scholarship is available on the CLULC website.  Watch for an announcement about the application deadline for 2016 and read about past recipients.
  • The Gateways to Opportunity Scholarship supports early childhood education providers who work in Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (IDCFS) licensed centers, homes, and school-age programs and who wish to continue their professional education or earn a degree.  This scholarship will pay a percentage of the eligible student’s tuition, books, and fees.
  • Soroptimist offers Women’s Opportunity Awards to women who are the primary financial support for their families while they are students.  The 2016 award cycle will run from July 1 to November 15, 2016.
  • We compiled a list of several local and national scholarships before the FAFSA workshop series. Download it below.  Scholarship seekers are also encouraged to explore further opportunities via the internet.

2016 Scholarship information (updated 2.08.16)

Dominican University Graduate School of Social Work Scholarships

    Dominican’s Graduate School of Social Work offers multiple scholarship opportunities accessible to Lake County students.  More detailed descriptions and application forms can be accessed via
  • A limited number of Summer Session II Tuition Course Waivers will be awarded to new full-time or advanced standing students who are starting the MSW program in Summer Session II.  The waiver covers tuition for one Summer Session II course only.  Application deadline is June 1, 2015.
  • The Dean’s Scholarship will award up to $5,000 for the academic year.  Award recipients will receive one award that will be distributed over the entire academic year. For example, a $2,000 award will be distributed as follows: $1,000 in the fall semester and $1,000 in the spring semester. In order to keep the scholarship for the following semester, recipients must maintain a cumulative 3.5 GPA. If the student falls below the cumulative 3.5 GPA, the award will be rescinded.
  • The Graduate Assistantship will provide tuition remission for 1 to 2 courses. Recipients will be required to work 7 or 14 hours with a faculty member and/or an administrator. For example, a student working 7 hours per week will receive tuition remission for one course in the fall semester and one course in the spring semester.  Please note: as a part of the graduate assistantship application review process, selected faculty and the scholarship committee will interview applicants.
  • A limited number of Lake County Scholarships will be awarded to students starting the MSW program in Grayslake in Fall of 2015.  The scholarship will cover the tuition cost of one fall semester course.
  • The HFNLC Scholars Program results from the generous support of the Healthcare Foundation of Northern Lake County.  This program offers a limited number of scholarships for students completing the MSW at the University Center of Lake County who commit to serving high need and high demand populations in northeastern Lake County.  See for a full description of the eligibility requirements and the post-graduation employment requirements

North Park SAL Scholarships

Scholarships and other tuition reductions are available to students based on previous academic accomplishments or program selection. Current scholarship reductions in the School of Adult Learning are available for:

  • Criminal Justice majors who transfer to North Park University from the College of Lake County. (20% tuition reduction)
  • Graduates of St. Augustine College in Chicago. (25% tuition reduction)
  • Members of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. (5% tuition reduction)
  • Chicago land Community and City College students who transfer to North Park with an AA/AS degree or 60 semester hours of transferable credit. (20% tuition reduction)
  • Print and complete the attached scholarship application and mail it to Leslie Bertholdt’s attention to the address listed on the application, or fax it to (773) 279-7522. Contact Leslie Bertholdt for additional information.

Download a scholarship application

North Park School of Business & Nonprofit Management Scholarships

The SBNM scholarships are all calculated as tuition discounts.  Click for the current SBNM tuition rate.

Presidential Scholarship
Value: 30% tuition reduction
Criteria: Cumulative undergraduate or graduate degree GPA of 3.65 or above (on a 4.0 scale), or a GMAT score of 660 or above, or a GRE score of 316 or above.

Provost’s Scholarship
Value: 20% tuition reduction
Criteria: Cumulative undergraduate or graduate degree GPA of 3.35-3.64 (on a 4.0 scale),
or a GMAT score of 620-650, or a GRE score of 310-315.

Dean’s Scholarship
Value: 10% tuition reduction
Criteria: Cumulative undergraduate or graduate degree GPA of 3.00-3.34 (on a 4.0 scale) or a GMAT score of 590-610 or a GRE score of 305-309.

Axelson Scholarship
Value: 35% tuition reduction
Criteria: Students must be a full-time employee of a 501(c) organization or a local, state, or
federal government agency, or have completed a successful tour of service with the
Peace Corps, AmeriCorps or Teach for America. No scholarship application is required, but eligibility must be verified in writing on the organization’s letterhead. The scholarship is awarded upon admission and written confirmation of eligibility.

Lifetime Learning Program
Value: 50% tuition reduction
Criteria: Graduates from any graduate degree program in the SBNM are eligible to take
additional graduate management courses in the SBNM for rest of their life. They
may even complete a second SBNM degree at a 50% tuition reduction.

CLC Alumni Scholarship

The College of Lake County Alumni Association Scholarship for $1,000 is awarded to one CLC Alumni Association member who enrolls in an undergraduate or graduate program through the University Center of Lake County.  The application deadline is June 1, 2016.  Click here to read about a prior winner.

Download a CLC Scholarship application & instruction packet

UIS Institutional Scholarships

The University of Illinois Springfield offers more than 169 scholarships and funds are awarded based upon a variety of criteria, including academic major, personal interests, community involvement and academic performance.  See the full list and access the 2015-2016 UIS Institutional Scholarship Application by visiting The deadline to apply is 11:59 pm, February 15, 2015.

Kendall College Community College Transfer Award

Any first-time enrolled student who has earned at least 12 completed semester hours or 18 completed quarter hours from an accredited community college (does not include developmental courses) with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 is eligible for 15% off the cost of tuition. Applicants must submit official community college transcripts. The scholarship is for the entire length of the student’s degree program (Culinary Arts, Hospitality Management, Business or Early Childhood Education), so long as the student maintains continuous enrollment and remains in good academic standing with a GPA of 2.0 or above.