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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  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

Learn More About Your Benefits



If You Have Ever Served in the United States Armed Forces and are Considering Attending an Illinois Public College or Community College

Illinois Veteran Grant (IVG) Program



Additional Scholarship Websites for Adult Students


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.

Read a comprehensive list of state financial aid programs available from the The Illinois Student Assistance Commission.


Complete the Degree Partner College Scholarships

To learn more about scholarships offered by our partner colleges, speak with a Complete the Degree Advisor.