Grants lower tuition costs with no repayment necessary

The following grants are awarded by the federal and state governments based on the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) derived from the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Grants are need-based awards in that higher grant awards go to students with lower EFC's.  Grants do not need to be repaid.

Award Year

The award year for financial aid includes the fall and spring semesters and the summer session following the academic year for which aid is awarded. Of the grant programs listed below, the Pell Grant and Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant can be available for summer. The Pell Grant for summer is available for students who attend part-time during the fall and/or spring semester or who attend full-time both fall and spring semester and at least half-time (6 credits) for the summer. If funds are remaining from fall/spring, the Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant for summer is usually awarded to students who did not receive it for fall and spring.

Federal Grants

  • Pell Grant — Pell Grants are for students who have not earned a bachelor's degree and are based on financial need. The maximum grant requires a zero Expected Family Contribution (EFC) and enrollment of at least 12 credit hours. Grants are reduced for higher EFCs and part-time attendance. Two-semester grants for full-time attendance for 2021-2022 range from $6,495 to $672. 
  • Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant (SEOG) — Students must be Pell Grant eligible and have zero Expected Family Contributions. Grants are $600 for students taking 12 credit hours. Grants are pro-rated for less than 12 credits and students must be enrolled for a minimum of 6 credit hours. SEOG is awarded by term in FAFSA application date received order until the funds are exhausted.

State of Illinois Grants

  • Monetary Award Program (MAP) — The MAP program requires Illinois residency and is based on financial need. The maximum grant for 2021-2022 is $1,800 based on 15 credit hours of attendance. Grants are reduced for less than 15 credit hours down to the minimum enrollment of three credit hours. Students are awarded the grant based on application filing date of the FAFSA.  An application suspense date is established each year by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission based on application volume compared to available funds.