Financial Aid & Scholarships
FAFSA Updates & Resources
Message from FAFSA: "We may occasionally pause access to the FAFSA form to perform maintenance and improve the user experience. Learn more about the 2024–25 FAFSA form."
- 1/31/24 - 2024-25 FAFSA Student Aid Index Update & Timeline
Before starting the FAFSA, students and at least one parent will need to create an FSA ID
Upcoming FAFSA Workshops:
- February 15: Virtual FAFSA Completion Workshop | 6:00-8:00 pm
- Senior Seminar - FAFSA Assistance from ISAC | 4th-7th period | College & Career Center
- February 22
- March 7
- April 4
- Assistance is available in Spanish
- Pro Tips for Filing the FAFSA
- Creating an FSA ID
- FAFSA Non-Participation Form Instructions
- FSA ID with no SSN Instructions
- Alternative App Guide
- Overview of StudentAid.gov Video
- 2024-25 FAFSA Prototype Preview Video
- Financial Aid Guide
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 will be accessible via the ISAC Student Portal after the 2024-25 FAFSA opens.
- IL FAFSA Mandate - more information from ISAC.
Financial Aid Process - ISAC Materials
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."
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.
The list of local scholarships has moved to SchooLinks: Click the "Finances" tab and then "Scholarship Matching." Please check back often for new scholarships. Most local scholarships (LPEF, local PTOs, etc). become available second semester, but outside scholarships have various deadlines throughout the year.
Students are also encouraged to create a Going Merry account. This site can be used as a scholarship search/matching service (similar to those listed below). In addition, this website will be used for students to apply for the Lake Park Educational Foundation scholarships. Students should fill out their profiles as completely as possible to be matched with the greatest number of eligible scholarships.
To view local scholarships on Going Merry:
- Local Scholarships Link
- Or log into your Going Merry account, then click Menu > Scholarships > Find Scholarships > select the "Show local scholarships only" filter.
Lake Park Educational Foundation (LPEF) Scholarships
- The LPEF is pleased to announce the availability of 39 scholarships worth $68,000 for the Lake Park Class of 2024!
- The LPEF Scholarships applications will be due March 8, 2024. Students interested in applying for LPEF scholarships should create or log into their Going Merry account to access the applications.
- Please view the LP Ed. Foundation Scholarships Information packet for an overview of all the scholarships.
College Specific Scholarships
Many colleges consider students for automatic, merit-based scholarships based on their application for admission. These types of scholarships do not require a separate application. However, colleges may have additional scholarship opportunities that require separate applications. To search for scholarships that are specific to a particular college or university, review the college or university's website, check your student portal after applying for admission, contact the Admissions or Financial Aid Offices to inquire, and check your email for invitations to apply for additional scholarships.