Future Students

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.

2015 Lake County sessions:

January 09   Round Lake High School   3 - 10 pm—canceled due to weather; rescheduled for 1/16)
January 10   Waukegan High School—Washington Campus (Rm 224) 9 am - noon
January 14   Waukegan High School—Brookside Campus (Library)  6 - 8 pm
January 16   Round Lake High School   3 - 10 pm
January 20   Cristo Rey St. Martin de Porres High School 5 - 7 pm
January 21   Lake County High School Technology Campus 5:30 - 7:30 pm
January 21   Mundelein High School 6 - 8 pm
January 24   Cristo Rey St. Martin de Porres High School 9 am - noon
*January 26 Zion-Benton Township HS (Lwr Computer Lab) 2:30 - 4 pm
*January 28 North Chicago Community High School 8 am - 4 pm
January 29   Highland Park High School (Tech Labs A & C) 4 - 8 pm
January 30   College of Lake County-Grayslake (9 am to noon & 3 - 6 pm)

February 03 Warren-Newport Public Library 6:30 - 8:30 pm
February 04 Waukegan High School—Brookside Campus (Library)  6 - 8 pm
February 07 College of Lake County—Grayslake 9 am - noon
*February 11 Round Lake High School (Library)  3 - 5 pm
February 14 Waukegan High School—Washington Campus (Rm 224)  9 am - noon
February 17 Waukegan Public Library 5:30 - 7:30 pm
*February 19 Zion-Benton Township High School (Lwr Computer Lab)  2:30 - 4 pm
February 28 College of Lake County—Lakeshore (Waukegan)  9 am - noon
*February 28 North Chicago Community High School noon - 4 pm

March 04 Waukegan High School—Brookside Campus (Library)  6 - 8 pm
March 07 Waukegan High School—Washington Campus (Rm 224)  9 am - noon

*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 2014 or 2013 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 2014.

The workshops are being sponsored by the University Center of Lake County, the Illinois Student Assistance Commission, the College of Lake County, TRIO Educational Talent Search, the Lake County Regional Office of Education, Waukegan Public Library, Warren-Newport 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.


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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 2015 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 2015 award cycle will run from July 1 to November 15, 2015.
  • 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.

2015 Scholarship information

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
  • 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 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 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

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.

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 May 28, 2014.  Click here to read about a prior winner.

Download a CLC Scholarship application

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, 2015.