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 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 email@example.com, o en Facebook, “Fafsa Campaign”.
2017-18 FAFSA Completion sessions:
Oct. 2, 2017, Cristo Rey Saint Martin de Porres College Prep-Waukegan, 5 – 6:30 pm
Oct. 3, 2017, Waukegan High School-Washington Campus, 5 – 8 pm
Oct. 4, 2017, North Chicago Community High School, 3:30 – 7 pm
Oct. 5, 2017, Round Lake High School, 3:30 – 9 pm
Oct. 7, 2017, Cristo Rey Saint Martin de Porres College Prep-Waukegan, 9 am – 12 pm
Oct. 9, 2017, Round Lake Area Public Library, 6 – 8 pm
Oct. 10, 2017, Zion-Benton Township High School, 6 – 7:30 pm
Oct. 11, 2017, North Chicago Community High School, 3:30 – 5 pm
Oct. 12, 2017, Wauconda Area Library, 6 – 7:30 pm
Oct. 13, 2017, YouthBuild Lake County, 12:30 – 2:30 pm
Oct. 15, 2017, Waukegan High School-Washington Campus, 9 am – 12 pm
Oct. 16, 2016, Highland Park High School, 4 – 8 pm
Oct. 17, 2017, Mundelein High School, 5 – 8 pm
Oct. 18, 2017, Lake County High School Tech Center-Grayslake, 5 – 7 pm
Oct. 19, 2017, Round Lake High School, 3:30 – 5 pm
Oct. 24, 2017, Waukegan High School-Washington Campus, 5 – 8 pm
Oct. 25, 2017, Zion-Benton Township High School, 6 – 7:30 pm
Oct. 30, 2017, College of Lake County-Grayslake, 3 – 7 pm
Nov. 2, 2017, College of Lake County-LakeShore, 3 - 7 pm
Nov. 6, 2017, Round Lake Area Public Library, 6 – 8 pm
Nov. 8, 2017, North Chicago Community High School, 3:30 – 6 pm
Nov. 9, 2017, Zion-Benton Township High School, 6 – 7:30 pm
Nov. 27, 2017, College of Lake County-Grayslake, 12 – 4 pm
Dec. 2, 2017, Waukegan High School-Washington Campus, 9 am – 12 pm
Dec. 6, 2017, North Chicago Community High School, 3:30 – 6 pm
Dec. 7, 2017, College of Lake County-LakeShore, 3 – 7 pm
Jan. 9, 2018, YouthBuild Lake County, 12:30 - 2:30 pm
“What Comes Next After FAFSA?” sessions
Learn the steps students should take after submitting their FAFSAs to ensure that their colleges receive their results.
Jan. 24, 2018, University Center of Lake County, 6 – 8 pm
Feb. 10, 2018, University Center of Lake County, 9 – 11 am
To RSVP for any of these sessions, click here.
Students should bring the following documents with them: a copy of 2016 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 Opportunity Centers, YouthBuild Lake County, Lake County Regional Office of Education, Lake County High School Technology Center, Mundelein High School, Round Lake High School, Waukegan High School, Cristo Rey St. Martin de Porres College Prep, Zion-Benton Township High School, North Chicago Community High School, Wauconda Area Library, 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 Dr. Myra Gaytan-Morales, Assistant Dean for Academic Programs & Services, University Center of Lake County, at (847) 665-4108 or firstname.lastname@example.org or connect with us on Facebook, “fafsa campaign.”
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.
- 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.
- See http://oedb.org/graduate-scholarship/and http://oedb.org/phd-scholarship/ for information about scholarships for graduate study from the Open Educational Database.
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.
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 http://socialwork.dom.edu/tuitionaid/scholarships.
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.