Federal and State Grants

Federal Pell Grant

  • Summary: The largest federal grant program, the Federal Pell Grant is designed to assist students from low-income families. These grants are awarded to degree-seeking undergraduate students who have not yet earned a bachelor's or graduate degree.
  • Eligibility: Eligibility is based on the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) on the FAFSA (which must range between $0 and $5,273), cost of attendance, student enrollment status, and quarters of attendance.
  • Award Range: $555 - $5,550. 

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)

  • Summary: The SEOG supplements financial aid beyond the Federal Pell Grant.
  • Eligibility: Pell-eligible students who demonstrate high need are considered for this assistance if they are eligible for the Federal Pell Grant.
  • Award range: $100 - $4,000, based on student need and availability of funding.

Illinois Monetary Award Program (MAP)

  • Summary: State-administered grant program for Illinois residents.
  • Eligibility: Students must be Illinois residents who: (1) are enrolled at least half-time at an approved Illinois postsecondary institution, (2) complete their FAFSA by the state's deadline (3) demonstrate financial need, (4) meet other ISAC criteria.
  • Award range: Maximum of $4,720.