Fill Out Your FAFSA!

Hello friends,

It’s that time of year again. It’s time to apply for need-based aid, in other words, fill out your FAFSA! The good news is that you’ve already applied for merit-based aid. To learn more about the difference, check out this blog from last year.

I would like to clarify that the following blog only applies to U.S. citizens. International students do not qualify for financial aid. While it is possible for an international student to be selected for a merit-based scholarship, it is unlikely and very rare at the undergraduate level. For the most part, international students do have to pay out of pocket for their undergraduate education on our campus.

Ok, now that that’s cleared up, there are a few things that are important to know about applying for Financial Aid.

  1. If you are a U.S. citizen, you should apply by March 15thIf you are a U.S. citizen and an Illinois resident, you should apply by February 12th. Why? Because some Illinois state funding won’t be available to students who apply after February 12th.
  2. You can apply with last year’s tax information, and then update it after filing your taxes. You don’t have to wait!
  3. All U.S. Citizens should apply. You should also plan to re-apply every year you are in school.
  4. Here’s how to apply.
  5. This is how you will be notified and can monitor your status. Check it out!
  6. Here is how and when the money is disbursed.

**Note that the Office of Financial Aid processes all financial aid applications. If you have questions about the FAFSA or your aid package, reach out to them. 🙂


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