Types of Aid Available
- Federal Pell Grant*
- Illinois MAP Grant*
- Federal Supplement Educational Opportunity Grant*
- State Student to Student Grant*
- Federal Work Study*
- Federal Stafford Loans*
- Federal PLUS Loans*
- Military Grants
A Federal Pell Grant, unlike a loan, does not have to be repaid. Federal Pell Grants usually are awarded only to undergraduate students who demonstrate financial need and who have not earned a bachelor's or a professional degree. (A professional degree would include a degree in a field such as pharmacy or dentistry.)
For many students, the Federal Pell Grant provides a foundation of financial aid to which other types of financial aid may be added. Federal Pell Grant awards range from $5,645 to $605 per academic school year (an academic school year is defined as August through May).
The Illinois Monetary Award Program (MAP), unlike a loan, does not have to repaid. The Illinois MAP Grant is awarded to Illinois residents who attend approved Illinois colleges and demonstrate financial need. MAP Grants are limited based on the number of applicants and funding levels appropriated by the Illinois General Assembly. Please be aware that in light of state funding constraints, reductions to estimated or actual MAP Grants are possible.
The Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), unlike a loan, does not have to be repaid. It is awarded to students who demonstrate the most high need and is awarded on a first come, first serve basis.
The Student to Student Grant (STS), unlike a loan, does not have to be repaid. The STS program provides state matching grants for need-based awards. It is awarded to students who demonstrate the most high need and is awarded on a first come, first serve basis. (The STS Grant cannot be combined with the FSEOG Grant)
Federal Work-Study provides student aide jobs for undergraduate and graduate students with financial need, allowing them to earn money to help pay educational expenses. The program encourages community service work and work related to the student's course of study. Please Note: Being awarded Federal Work Study does not guarantee a job. The student must still go through the job interview process and be hired.
Federal Stafford loans, unlike grants, do need to be repaid. These are low interest, government guaranteed loans. The U.S. Department of Education offers Direct Subsidized Loans and Direct Unsubsidized Loans for eligible students to help cover the cost of higher education.
Federal PLUS loans are loans that parents of dependent, undergraduate students can use to help pay education expenses. Unlike the Federal Stafford loans, the Federal PLUS loans are not guaranteed. There is a credit check for the parents.
Scholarships are gifts, and unlike loans, they don't need to be repaid. Scholarships are offered by schools, employers, individuals, private companies, nonprofits, communities, religious groups, and professional and social organizations. Eligibility for scholarships can be based on merit, need, community service, academic program and population specific. For more information and/or to apply, please visit Scholarships
The Federal government and nonprofit organizations offer money for college to veterans,
active duty personnel, or those related to veterans or active duty personnel. For
more information, please visit Veteran Services
Office of Student Financial Assistance
Student Services Center (SSC), Room 2220, (630) 942-2251
Fax: (630) 942-2151
Monday to Thursday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
2012 College of DuPage