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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 the following scholarship websites:

College Greenlight – Connects first generation and underrepresented students to colleges, scholarships and counselors/mentors.

Fastweb – Scholarship search engine website.  Fastweb allows you to input information about yourself to help determine where you might find financial aid.

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. – contains 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.


If You Have Ever Served in the United States Armed Forces
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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

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



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.