Financial Aid

  • The majority of the sites that follow are comprehensive sites.  In other words, they contain information on many topics such as financial aid, scholarships, college choice, career choice, etc. For additional information, please refer to the Scholarship Information section of the Grant Community High School website.

    Financial Aid Presentation 2020

    Presentación de Ayudas Financieras 2020 Español

    Next month Grant and ISAC will co-host two FAFSA Completion events. During these events student, parents/ guardians will receive assistance with completing the FAFSA. Check out the information below to see which event might be what you are looking for:
     
    Tuesday, October 6th @ 6:00 p.m. A Step-by-Step workshop where ISAC will walk through the entire application and parents/students can follow along while completing a application.
     
    Tuesday, October 13th @ 6:00 p.m. This event is considered a ‘walk-in” style event. Students and parents can attend the online event and ask any questions they may have.
     
    The event will take place using WebEx and registration is required prior to attending if this is your first time attending an event this year with WebEx. Links for the events will be sent out 3-4 days ahead of time.

    FSA ID Completion Step-by-Step Instructions

    Helpful Tips for completing FAFSA and Alt App 2020

    College Board

    This is an excellent site for parents and contains detailed information on all aspects of the financial aid and college search process.  Some highlights include SCC/Profile online, loan information, financial aid calculators comparison of aid awards, scholarship search and related articles.  One article of interest is the "Step by Step Guide to Applying for Aid".  Have students check out their site as well as other information.

    College Illinois! 529 Prepaid Tuition ProgramOffers a 529 prepaid college tuition savings plan designed to help you with financial planning and saving for college.

    College Net
    Something different about this site is that it links to the Collegiate Funding site, which does pre-approval for the PLUS loan.  Otherwise, the information under "Financial Aid" basically links the user to the FAFSA and the Dept of ED sites.  (See the scholarship section below for scholarship search information on this site.)

    FAFSA on the WEB
    Complete and submit a free FAFSA application online.  The internet version provides a quicker turn around time and prompts in difficult areas.  FAFSA forms may not be submitted until after October 1.

    FinAid
    The Calculations section is very helpful and contains a Financial Aid Estimation Calculation among others.  Information on loans, scholarships and scholarship scams, savings, tuition payment plans and military aid is abundant.  The site map is a springboard for resource into many related topics.

    Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC)

    Helpful information in this site includes loan repayment and college cost calculators as well as a state and federal aid estimator.  Numerous publications may be downloaded.  There is also a section for parents, which explains paying for college.  Check out the sitemap for more detailed information.

    KnowHow2GOIllinois
    Information and guidance geared for Junior High and High School students who want to go to college.

    U.S. Department of Education
    After clicking on Financial Aid, highlights of this site include: access to publications such as "The Student Guide:", a comprehensive guide to financial aid; "Funding Your Education", an overview of student aid programs; and "Looking for Student Aid".  Some additional information on this site includes a list of Title IV school codes (under Loans), information on tax cuts and a list of Internet sites, which contain other sources of student aid.

    What's Next Illinois
    An online tool that allows students to prepare for high school, college, financial aid, career exploration, and living in the real world.

    Federal Student Aid 
    Students can access a free scholarship search by visiting and clicking on "Financial Aid and Scholarship Wizard". This site contains free information from the U.S. Department of Education on preparing for and funding education beyond high school. An introduction to "MyFSA" and a college savings calculator are also helpful.