Gov. J.B. Pritzker has declared October 'College Changes Everything Month' in honor of more college planning activities happening throughout the month.
Some activities and events available in October include financial aid completion and college application workshops, free one-on-one assistance from an Illinois Student Assistant Commission member, short informational videos and other online resources on college planning.
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid and the Alternative Application for Illinois Financial Aid for the 2022-2023 school year will be available Friday. It is recommended that students file their applications as early as possible to find out which aid they might be eligible for.
FAFSA determines the eligibility for federal, most state and some institutional financial aid.
The Alternative Application for Illinois Financial Aid provides a way for some undocumented students and transgender students to apply for a Monetary Award Program.
If a student is unsure which application they should fill out, they should contact the university or college they plan on attending or they can ask an ISAC member for assistance.