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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 October until late January. 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.

These workshops are intended for High School Seniors-Parents, College students, and Adult students who are interested in continuing their college studies. At these Workshops we will help you to COMPLETE and FILE your FAFSA online!

Estos tallers son para estudiantes-padres de seniors en High School, estudiantes universitarios y estudiantes que estan interesados en continuar sus estudios universitarios. En estos talleres les ayudaremos a Completar y Mandar su applicacion FAFSA por Internet. Para mas information Contacte a Myra Gaytan Morales en la University Center al 847-665-4108 o email mgaytan@ucenter.org, o en Facebook, “Fafsa Campaign”.


2016-17 Lake County sessions:

Oct. 1, 2016, Cristo Rey Saint Martin de Porres College Prep-Waukegan, 9am-12pm
Oct. 6, 2016, Cristo Rey Saint Martin de Porres College Prep-Waukegan, 5-8pm
Oct. 7, 2016, Round Lake High School, 3:30-10pm
*Oct. 11, 2016, Zion-Benton Township HS, 6 - 8 pm
Oct. 15, 2016, Waukegan High School-Brookside Campus, 9am-12pm
*Oct. 18, 2016, Zion-Benton Township HS, 6 - 8 pm
Oct. 19, 2016, Highland Park High School, 4-8pm
Oct. 20, 2016, Round Lake High School, 3:30-5:30pm
Oct. 22, 2016, College of Lake County-LSC-Waukegan, 9am-12pm
Oct. 24, 2016, SIUC-University Center-Grayslake, 6-8pm
Oct. 25, 2016, Mundelein High School, 5-8pm
Oct. 26, 2016, North Chicago Community High School, 5-8pm
Oct. 28, 2016, Youth Build of Lake County-North Chicago, 12:30-2:30pm
Nov. 1, 2016, Lake County High School Tech Center-Grayslake, 5:30-7:30pm
Nov. 2, 2016, Round Lake Public Library, 6-8pm
Nov. 5, 2016 Waukegan High School-Brookside Campus, 9am-12pm
*+Nov. 9, 2016, Zion-Benton Township HS, 6 - 8 pm
Nov. 10, 2016, College of Lake County-Grayslake, 6-8pm
Nov. 16, 2016, North Chicago Community High School, 5-8pm
Nov. 22, 2016, Waukegan Public Library, 5:30-7:30pm
Dec. 7, 2016, North Chicago Community High School, 5-8pm
Jan. 10, 2017, Round Lake Public Library, 6-8pm
Jan. 11, 2017, Zion-Benton Public Library, 6-8pm
Jan. 21, 2017, Waukegan High School-Brookside Campus, 9am-12pm
Jan. 27, 2017, Youth Build of Lake County-North Chicago, 9:30-11:30am

*These workshops open only to students/families from that school district.  Other workshops are open to the community. +Date change from Nov 3

To RSVP for any of these sessions, click here.

Students should bring the following documents with them: a copy of 2015 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.

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, YouthBuild Lake County, Lake County Regional Office of Education, Lake County High School Technology Center, Waukegan 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 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 www.fafsa.ed.gov or at www.isac.org

For more information, contact C. 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.”


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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, Scholarship.com 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.
  • There are links to 900 MBA and Graduate Scholarships here.


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 6.16.16)

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 http://socialwork.dom.edu/tuitionaid/scholarships and the application deadline is July 6, 2016 at 5 p.m.
  • 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 2016.  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 http://socialwork.dom.edu/tuitionaid/hfnlc-social-work-scholars-program for a full description of the eligibility requirements and the post-graduation employment requirements

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)
  • 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)
  • Contact Leslie Bertholdt 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/index.html. The deadline to apply is 11:59 pm, February 15, 2016.


Kendall College Scholarships

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. No separate scholarship application is required. 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.

Alumni Legacy Scholarship

The Alumni Legacy Scholarship is a one-time award available to prospective students who are referred to Kendall College by a Kendall College graduate. This award is valued at $1,000 and will be disbursed equally over the first three quarters of the student’s enrollment at Kendall so long as the student maintains continuous enrollment and maintains good academic standing. This scholarship may be used for any of Kendall’s four programs. Deadline for the application is one month prior to the start of the intended term. Click for Alumni Legacy Scholarship application.

Dean’s Scholarship

The Dean’s Scholarship valued at 25% of the cost of tuition will be awarded per term for each of the Kendall Schools of: Baking and Pastry, Culinary Arts, Business, Education and Hospitality Management. Any first time enrolled student who meets the academic entry requirements may apply for an award. All applicants must submit two letters of recommendation from either a professional or academic source citing the student’s abilities to succeed in his or her chosen field, an essay demonstrating commitment to the field of study, resume and official transcripts. Applicants must have a cumulative GPA of 3.6 or above in the most recent academic level. If High School is the most recent academic level, an ACT score of 24 or above (or SAT equivalent) is required. The scholarship is for the entire length of the student’s degree program, so long as the student maintains continuous full-time enrollment and remains in good academic standing. Deadline for the application is one month prior to the start of the intended term. Click for Dean’s Scholarship application.

Presidential Scholarship

One Presidential Scholarship valued at 50% of the cost of tuition will be awarded per term. Any first time enrolled student who meets the academic entry requirements may apply for an award. Applicants must submit three letters of recommendation from either a professional or academic source citing the student’s abilities to succeed in his or her chosen field, an essay demonstrating commitment to the field of study, resume and official transcripts. Applicants must have a cumulative GPA of 3.85 or above in the most recent academic level. If High School is the most recent academic level, an ACT score of 26 or above (or SAT equivalent) is required. The scholarship is for the entire length of the student’s degree program, so long as the student maintains continuous, full-time enrollment remains in good academic standing. Deadline for the application is one month prior to the start of the intended term. Click for Presidential Scholarship application.