FAFSA / Alternative Application for Illinois Financial Aid
Applications opens October 1st, 2021 - we're here to help you!
Depending on eligibility, students and families should complete either the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the Alternative Application for Illinois Financial Aid. The Postsecondary Support Team works closely with students and families to assist you with this process and highly encourage you to wait to submit anything until we have a chance to review your information. If you would like to learn more about deadlines, requirements, and eligibility, contact a member of the Postsecondary Support Staff. More information can be found below:
- FAFSA: https://studentaid.gov/h/understand-aid/how-aid-works
- AAIFA: https://www.isac.org/students/before-college/financial-aid-planning/retention-of-illinois-rise-act/
Illinois Student Assistance Commission:
The Illinois Student Assistance Commission provides extensive resources and support for students and families. Specific information about state-based grant programs and other sources of financial aid are included as well.
Calculating the NET PRICE of a school:
Use this Net Price comparison tool to learn more about how Net Price is calculated and what it might mean about the affordability of different college options.
There are many scholarship resources out there and we highly suggest students use the CPS Academic Works resources since these are organized and vetted by the district. Once students create a profile, they can find specific scholarships that you might be eligible for and use other tools created by CPS to learn more about deadlines and eligibility.