Grants are need-based awards funded by the federal or state government. Grants are funds that do not require repayment.
A Federal Pell Grant is awarded based on financial need from your FAFSA application. Federal Pell Grants are awarded only to undergraduate students who have not earned a bachelor’s or professional degree.
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant
The Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) is for eligible undergraduate students who will receive Pell Grants and have exceptional financial need. Consideration for a FSEOG will be given first to students with the lowest expected family contribution from their FAFSA application.
Illinois Grant Programs
Illinois Monetary Award Program (MAP) Grant
Recipients of a MAP Grant must be Illinois residents, be pursuing undergraduate study, and be enrolled in at least four quarter credit hours. The MAP Grant is awarded based on the Illinois Student Assistance Commission’s comprehensive review of the family’s financial situation and cost of attending the college as well as state funding authorization. To be considered for this grant, the applicant must complete a FAFSA prior to the deadline specified by the State of Illinois.
All students must meet the following general eligibility requirements:
- Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen;
- Have received a high school diploma, GED or pass the Ability to Benefit Test;
- Be enrolled in classes leading to a U.S. Department of Education approved certificate or degree; (Students may check with the Financial Aid Office if they have questions regarding approved degrees and/or certificates.)
- Not be in default on a federal student loan;
- Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress;
- Have resided in the state of Illinois for at least one year prior to the start of the academic school year. Proof of Illinois residency is required before a MAP Grant is awarded. Parents of dependent students must also be Illinois residents.
Illinois students also have access to many other types of grants. Clicking on the links below will take you to external websites containing more information on each program.