Student Financial Aid


Student Financial Aid Office

Attending college is a great investment in your future.  The purpose of financial aid is to assist with the cost of higher education.  Many families need assistance to help offset the cost of education. Never assume that you will not qualify for financial assistance. There are many types of financial aid available to help manage the cost of your education, such as grants, loans, work-study opportunities, and scholarships.


Processing Timeline Update

With the Fall 2014 semester set to begin in just a few weeks, the number of loan requests and documentation submitted to the Student Financial Aid Office has increased significantly.  The Student Financial Aid Office would like to remind students that any loan requests (Direct Subsidized/Unsubsidized, PLUS or Private) will take about 2 weeks to be completely processed. Students submitting documentation for verification or for any appeals will take about 2 weeks to be processed.  As always the Student Financial Aid Office makes every effort to process all informaiton received as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience and good luck in the upcoming semester!

Summer Loan Requests

The end of the Summer 2014 semester is quickly approaching.  Any students who are still need additional loans to cover summer balances are encouraged to submit their applications by no later than August 5, 2014 in order to allow adequate processing time prior to the end of the semester.  Any loan requests submitted after this date may not be able to be processed prior to the end of the semester. 

July Bills and MAP Grant Payments

The first bills for the upcoming Fall 2014 semester have begun being sent out on July 18 to students based on their current enrollment.  Students who plan to add, remove or change courses may see changes to their bill after this date.  Also, as of July 18, the first payment of the Illinois MAP Grant has been applied to a student's account.  Remember, MAP is awarded based on enrollment status with students having the maximum eligibility if they are taking 15 credit hours.  Student's MAP awards have been prorated based on their current enrollment status.  Any changes in enrollment status may also impact the amount of MAP grant a student can receive.  Financial aid awards will be periodically recalculated to take into consideration the addition or removal of credit hours from now until after the second week of classes. 

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