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 the following scholarship portal websites:
College Greenlight – Connects first generation and underrepresented students to colleges, scholarships and counselors/mentors.
DREAMer’s Roadmap – Mobile app/scholarship search for undocumented students. Allows you to find and share scholarship information via text, email, or social media (available on IOS and Android).
Fastweb – Scholarship search engine website. Fastweb allows you to input information about yourself to help determine where you might find financial aid.
Illinois Association for College Admission Counseling (IACAC) – Financial Aid and Scholarships for Undocumented Students.
SallieMae Scholarship Search – Scholarship Search is free and provides access to over 5 million college scholarships worth up to $24 billion (Scholarship Search requires users to register/create an account).
Scholarships.com – Contains links and information about thousands of available college scholarships. This website allows you to search by gender, age, or degree type.
Scholly – Scholarship search tool and college scholarship finder phone app (Scholly requires users to register/create an account and pay a $2.99 monthly fee).
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.