Federal Pell Grant
A need-based grant awarded by the government to students determined to have high financial need. Awards vary based on the student's enrollment and the calculated EFC (Effective Family Contribution) printed on the FAFSA. For 2011-2012, eligible students may receive between $2,609 and $5,550.
Beginning in Fall 2012, a lifetime limit will be imposed on all Pell Grant recipients, regardless of when a Pell Grant was received. See additional information here »
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant
A federal grant program awarded to students determined to have the highest financial need (lowest EFC). Limited funds are obtained from the government and awarded throughout the year. Eligible students may receive up to $1,500 per trimester.
Illinois State Grant Monetary Award Program
A grant from the state of Illinois for Illinois residents who are enrolled at least half-time. For 2011-2012, eligible students may receive between $200 and $4,968. MAP funds are only available for fall and spring terms, and are awarded based on FAFSA submission date.
Note: Students with a prior bachelor's degree are not eligible for Pell, FSEOG or MAP grant funds.