Grants are awarded based on demonstrated financial need. They don’t need to be repaid.
All grants have different eligibility requirements. Eligibility for need-based grants is determined using federal or state formulas and the information you provide on your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which you must complete in order to qualify for the following programs:
The Federal Pell Grant is gift assistance based on financial need that does not need to be repaid. To apply, the student must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The amount a student may receive is dependent on their financial need, status as a full-time or part-time student, and plans to attend school for a full academic year or less.
MAP is awarded by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) to residents of Illinois. Students automatically apply for the MAP grant by submitting the FAFSA. MAP can only be used to pay tuition and certain fees. MAP grants are contingent on state funding, so it is very important to apply for financial aid early.
The Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) is available for undergraduate students with exceptional financial need as demonstrated by the lowest EFC. Priority consideration is given to students who receive the Federal Pell Grant. The FSEOG grant does not have to be repaid. Students applying for financial aid by completing the FAFSA are automatically considered for this grant.
Limited funding is available in this program, and funding is awarded on a first come, first served basis.