Admission & Financial Aid

Grants and Work Study

In order to determine eligibility for any need-based grants, loans, or student employment, the Free Application of Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) must be completed each year.

Federal and State Grants:

Federal Pell Grant Program – A grant based on financial need, awarded by the federal government. The maximum Pell Grant is currently $5,550 per academic year.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant – Additional federal grant funding allocated to the university; awarded to Pell Grant recipients showing exceptional financial need.

Illinois Monetary Award Program (MAP) – Awarded by the state of Illinois to qualified Illinois residents. The award amount is based on enrolled credit hours; amounts vary from 3 to 15 enrolled credit hours. The yearly maximum is currently $4,720.

Grant funding is only available to eligible undergraduate students who have not yet earned their first bachelor’s degree.

Federal Work Study:

Federal Work Study (FWS): Provides on-campus part-time jobs for undergraduate students with financial need, allowing them to earn up to $2,000 to help pay their education expenses.