Complete the Degree Chicago | Paying for College
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Paying for College



adult learner link pageReturning to college is a major decision and one of the biggest concerns adult learners have is how to pay for it. Fortunately, there are many options and resources available to make your education financially affordable for you. Complete the Degree will guide you to many options for funding your education, including scholarships, grants, loans, tuition reimbursement from your employer, and more. It is important to keep in mind that a college degree is an investment in your future that will pay off by increasing your earnings potential and opening the door to a lasting, well-paying career.


In addition to meeting with a Complete the Degree advisor to discuss your options for funding your college education, you can learn more about several key financial aid resources below:


  1. There are many steps in preparing to return to school and one of them is the Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA).
    Click here to review a list of resource guides, videos, and workshops to get started.
  2. Understand the deadlines for FAFSA, Illinois MAP grant and other applications. Some aid is given on a first come, first served basis. Learn more about deadlines.
  3. Complete and submit your FAFSA (Free Application for Student Financial Aid). Go to FAFSA.
  4. Contact the college or university you plan to attend to learn all about the scholarships, grants, and financial assistance opportunities that are available to you.
  5. Search for scholarships and grants. These are types of financial assistance that do not need to be repaid. Learn more about scholarships and grants.
  6. Inquire if tuition assistance is available from your employer. Get tips on talking to your employer.
  7. Consider federal government loans. If you are considering student loans or have delinquent student loans, we encourage you to attend one of our financial aid workshops.
  8. See the calendar for upcoming events and workshops.