FINANCIAL AID THROUGH GRANTS AND SCHOLARSHIPS
Grants and scholarships are great forms of financial aid because they do not need to be repaid. Some are available to a broader pool of applicants, while others are designated for individuals who fit certain criteria, including age, race, financial standing, military or religious affiliation, etc.
We encourage you to contact Complete the Degree for assistance to help you determine which grants and scholarships you may be eligible for. We can also help you find out what scholarships and financial aid resources are available at the institution in which you wish to enroll.
The Illinois Student Assistance Commission is a great resource with information on how to make college accessible and affordable. All Illinois residents are encouraged to apply for a Monetary Award Program (MAP) grant, which does not need to be repaid and is available on a first come, first served basis for Illinois residents.
If you wish to research grants and scholarships on your own, we recommend you start with www.fastweb.com. Please beware of any service that charges you a fee for finding a scholarship or grant opportunity. You should NEVER be charged a fee for finding or applying for grant and scholarship services and awards.
If You Have Ever Served in the United States Armed Forces
If You Have Ever Served in the United States Armed Forces and are Considering Attending an Illinois Public College or Community College
Additional Scholarship Websites for Adult Students
- Jeannette Rankin Foundation
- AARP Foundation
- Health Resources and Services Administration
- Alpha Sigma Lambda
- Business and Professional Women’s Foundation
- United Negro College Fund
- Hispanic Scholarship Fund
- Scholarships for Your Non-Traditional Students
- Adult Student Scholarship Opportunities
- Walmart Stipends
Federal and State Grants
Federal and State financial assistance is need-based, meaning it is awarded on the basis of a student’s need, not income. Families earning as much as $70,000 a year may still be able to demonstrate significant need, if they have one or more children in college, for example, and be eligible for federal and/or state financial assistance for a parent to go to college.
Grants for Illinoisans
The State of Illinois has many programs and services that deliver financial aid to students in Illinois.
Complete the Degree Partner College Scholarships
To learn more about scholarships offered by our partner colleges, speak with a Complete the Degree Advisor.