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Federal & 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 $5,487), cost of attendance, enrollment status, and quarters of attendance.
  • Award Range: $652 - $6,095 for full-time enrollment.

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 Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) criteria.
  • Award range: Maximum of $5,340 for full-time enrollment.
  • Illinois residents who are unable to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (qualifying undocumented and transgender students) will need to complete the Alternative Application for Illinois Financial Aid to determine MAP eligibility.  For additional information about this program, please visit the Illinois Student Assistance Commission website

Program and eligibility requirements outlined here are subject to revision based on federal, state and institutional changes to regulations and policies.