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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 held at locations throughout Lake County from October until January. All college-bound high school students and their parents, along with current college students and adults returning to college, are invited to attend, no matter where they plan to go to college. Trained volunteers, including some bilingual (Spanish/English) volunteers will be available to help students and families complete and submit their FAFSA forms.

Oct. 1, 2018 Waukegan High School-ETS Program (Washington Campus)  3:30-5pm
Oct. 2, 2018 Waukegan Public Library 5-7pm
Oct. 3, 2018 North Chicago Community High School (LRC)  3-7pm
Oct. 9, 2018 Cristo Rey St. Martin College Prep 5:30-8pm
Oct. 10, 2018 North Chicago Community High School (LRC)  3-7pm
Oct. 10, 2018 Waukegan High School (Washington Campus)  4-5:00pm
Oct. 11, 2018 College of Lake County LSC (N205)  3-6:30pm
Oct. 12, 2018 Round Lake High School 3:30-8pm
Oct. 13, 2018 Cristo Rey St. Martin College Prep 9am-12pm
Oct. 16, 2018 Zion-Benton Township High School 6:30-8:30 pm
Oct. 17, 2018 Mundelein High School (C103 & C104)  5-8pm
Oct. 18, 2018 Highland Park High School (Library)  4-8pm
Oct. 18, 2018 Round Lake High School 3:30-5pm
Oct. 24, 2018 North Chicago Community High School (LRC)  9am-4pm
Oct. 29, 2018 College of Lake County (C122)  4-7pm

Nov. 1, 2018 Zion-Benton Township High School 6:30-8:30 pm
Nov. 2, 2018 College of Lake County (T216)  1-4pm
Nov. 5, 2018 Wauconda Library 6-8pm
Nov. 13, 2018 YouthBuild of Lake County 12:30-2:30pm
Nov. 14, 2018 Zion-Benton Township High School 6:30-8:30 pm
Nov. 28, 2018 Waukegan High School 5-*pm

Dec. 4, 2018 University Center 4-6pm
Dec. 6, 2018 College of Lake County LSC 4-7pm
Dec. 12, 2018 Waukegan High School 5-8pm
Dec. 17, 2018 College of Lake County 1-4pm

Jan 16, 2019 University Center 4-6pm


To RSVP for either of these sessions, click here.


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 www.fafsa.ed.gov or at www.isac.org

For more information, contact Dr. Myra Gaytan-Morales, Assistant Dean for Academic Programs & Services, University Center of Lake County, at (847) 665-4108 or mgaytan@ucenter.org or connect with us on Facebook, “Fafsa Campaign.”


Download a flyer in English & Spanish

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.  Also, consider how much personal information you want to provide to a third party in order to receive scholarship information.  Be wary of scholarship lotteries or “challenges.”


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 2018 award cycle will run from July 1 to November 15, 2018.
  • The Lake County Farm Bureau offers more than $5,000 in scholarships, most of which are for studies related to agriculture.
  • The Illinois Agricultural Association offers additional scholarships, including the Robert F. Rouse scholarship which gives preference to Lake County residents and which may be applied to nursing education as well as to agriculture-related majors.
  • 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.

2018-19 Scholarship information (updated 11.1.18) Note that this is a legal-size document with a landscape setting.

Dominican University School of Social Work Scholarships

    Dominican’s School of Social Work offers multiple scholarship opportunities accessible to Lake County students. Check the Dominican website for information on other scholarships for specific areas of study within social work. More detailed descriptions and application forms can be accessed via https://www.dom.edu/admission/graduate/social-work-programs/scholarships.
  • The Director’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.

North Park SPS 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 Professional Studies (SPS) are evaluated upon admission and no scholarship application is required.  Scholarship eligibility is listed below.

  • 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)
  • Chicagoland 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)
  • Eligibility Requirements:  GPA of 2.5 minimum and must be at least 22 years of age or older.
  • Contact Jose-Jose Palma for additional information.

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.


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 http://www.uis.edu/financialaid/scholarships/. The deadline to apply is February 15, 2018.


Extension to ACES Scholarship

University of Illinois Extension and the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Science (ACES) are pleased to offer up to 54 scholarships for the 2018-2019 academic year.  Two scholarships of $2,500 each will be awarded in each of the 27 Extension Units.  Together, Lake and McHenry Counties constitute one extension unit.

Applicants must be incoming freshmen or transfer students who are current residents of Illinois, who will be majoring within the College of ACES at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign during the 2018-2019 school year.  (The online bachelor’s program in Earth, Society, and Environmental Sustainability offered through the University Center is from a different UIUC College, so students of that program are not eligible.)  Award decisions will be made on a rolling basis beginning December 1, 2017 until all are awarded.