FAFSA is used to determine a student’s eligibility for federal grant, loan, and work funds and is available at no cost to the student. The FAFSA is required for all students seeking financial aid. Students who are not eligible to submit a FAFSA may submit the Alternative Application for Illinois Financial Aid. Beginning with the Class of 2021, completion of the FAFSA or Alternate Application is an Illinois graduation requirement.
Some schools may also request the CSS Profile which requires a processing fee.
The FAFSA will become available on October 1st of your senior year and should be completed by late November in order to be considered for all financial aide for which you are eligible. Please be aware of the financial aid deadline of each college to which you are applying.
The FAFSA forecaster may be used to estimate your family's potential financial aid any time before the FAFSA is filed.
Fill Out Your: FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)
How To Create an FSA ID Handout How to Create an FSA ID Video
Checklist of What You Need to Fill Out a FAFSA
Alternate Application for Illinois Financial Aid - RISE Act Application for students not eligible to submit a FAFSA
Midwest Student Exchange Program
The Midwest Student Exchange Program, or MSEP, is a multi-state tuition reciprocity program. Through the MSEP, public institutions agree to charge students no more than 150% of the in-state resident tuition rate for specific programs; private institutions offer a 10% reduction on their tuition rates. All enrollment decisions are made at the discretion of the receiving campus and the campus may exercise its right to limit participation or set specific admission requirements for MSEP.