Financial Aid & Scholarships
All local and other scholarships received by the College & Career Center will be posted in Xello. They can be accessed using the following pathway:
- Goals & Pathways>College Planning (click "manage)>Search for Local Scholarships
- See these screenshots if you need additional assistance locating scholarships in Xello
Parents and students can also view the list of local scholarships: HERE Check back often for updates!
Scholarship Search Websites
- The College Board Opportunity Scholarships Informational flyers in English & Spanish Languages
- Information about the College Board Opportunity Scholarships for students in grade 11
- The College Board's Scholarship Partners
- The College Board's Student Search Service
- Going Merry
- Illinois Student Assistance Commission
- Applying for Scholarships with Scholar Snapp and Common Application
College Specific Scholarships
To search for scholarships that are specific to a particular college or university - review the college or university's website, contact the Admissions or Financial Aid Offices to inquire, and/or you can also do a Google search for “the name of the college or university” + “scholarships”, an example would be “Illinois State University scholarships.”
Financial Aid Process - ISAC Materials
Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
- FAFSA website
- State law requires all Illinois public high school seniors to complete either the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the Alternative Application for Illinois Financial Aid (Alternative Application) as a prerequisite to receiving a high school diploma. For students who choose not to file an application, a FAFSA Nonparticipation Form may be signed by a parent or guardian and is available on the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) website (in English and Spanish).
- IL FAFSA Mandate - more information from ISAC
- Available for completion October 1
- Filling out the FAFSA
- FSA ID Instructions
Alternative Application for Illinois Financial Aid
Per the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC), "The Alternative Application for Illinois Financial Aid allows qualifying undocumented students and transgender students who are not otherwise eligible for federal financial aid to apply for Illinois Monetary Award Program (MAP) grants to attend eligible Illinois colleges, universities, and career education programs."
- Available for completion beginning October 1
- What is needed to complete the Alternative Application?
This form is for nonfederal financial aid and may be requested by some colleges and scholarship programs. College Board has a list of participating institutions. However, it is also strongly recommended that students review the requirements for their colleges and scholarship programs to see if the CSS Profile is necessary.
- FAFSA website