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Financial Aid

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
January 10   Waukegan High School—Washington Campus (Rm 224) 9 am - noon
January 14   Waukegan High School—Brookside Campus (Library)  6 - 8 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 North Chicago Community High School 3:15 - 5 pm
*January 26 Zion-Benton Township HS (Lwr Computer Lab) 2:30 - 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 18 North Chicago Community High School 3:15 - 5 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

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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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.

Dominican University Graduate School of Social Work Scholarships for Lake County Students

    Dominican’s Graduate School of Social Work offers three scholarship opportunities for Lake County students:
  • Dominican University GSSW Lake County Scholarship is for NEW students starting the program in Fall of 2013.  The GSSW Lake County Scholarship will cover the cost of one Grayslake GSSW course taken at the University Center in the Fall of 2013.
  • The 2013-2014 Dean’s and Graduate Assistantship is for NEW and CURRENT students.  The Dean’s Scholarship will award up to $5,000 for the 2013-2014 academic year and the Graduate Assistantship will provide tuition remission for 1 to 2 courses for the 2013-2014 academic year.
  • The Healthcare Foundation of Northern Lake County Social Work Scholars 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 as demonstrated in teh narrative section of the HFNLC Scholarship application.

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

Some specific local and national scholarships

  • Information about the 2014 Coalicion Latinos Unidos de Lake County scholarship is now available on the CLULC website.  The application deadline is Friday, April 4, 2014.
  • 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.  Applications are due December 1 each year.
  • The Illinois Latino Council on Higher Education (ILACHE) is pleased to offer two $1,000 scholarships to Latino/a students in Illinois who exhibit outstanding commitment to learning, community service, and leadership. ILACHE is an action oriented, independent advocacy group for Latinos in higher education in the areas of access and equity as it relates to employment, college admission, and legislation in the State of Illinois. Download an application. Due date:  May 1, 2013
  • We compiled a list of several local and national scholarships before the FAFSA workshop series. Scholarship seekers are also encouraged to explore further opportunities via the internet.

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