Student Resources: Financial aid 

Student resources: Financial aidDeciding where to go to college is just as tough as figuring out how you’re going to pay for it. Luckily CPS is here to point you in the right direction.

 

There are several grants and scholarships available for students interested in attending postsecondary schools. The Federal Government, the U.S. Department of Education, and the Illinois Student Assistance Commission, all work together to provide eligible students with money that can be used to assist students financially at postsecondary colleges or universities. This money can be used to pay tuition, fees, and housing costs at hundreds of colleges around the country.

 

To be eligible to receive some of these grants and scholarships, students and parents need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  The key is to apply early.

 

CPS offers tips to both students and parents to ensure that completing the FAFSA is easy.

Students

  • Visit the FAFSA website Opens in a new window icon. and apply for a PIN number.
  • Print a copy of the FAFSA worksheet.
  • If you have or had a part-time job, ask your employer for your 2009 W2 payroll. (You will need to put how much money you earned on the FAFSA application.
  • With your parents help, complete the FAFSA worksheet.
  • Try to attend a financial aid workshop at your school. Take your completed FAFSA worksheet along with a parent and/or guardian, and get questions answered from a FAFSA expert.
  • Plan to attend a FAFSA follow-up workshop in March to make any needed changes or corrections to your application.
  • Can’t attend a workshop? Visit our Choose your future website Opens in a new window icon.. There, you can learn more about how to complete the FAFSA. 

Parents

  • Talk to your child about his or her postsecondary plans.
  • Learn about college financial aid and postsecondary planning at Choose your future Opens in a new window icon..
  • Visit the FAFSA website Opens in a new window icon.. Print and complete a copy of the FAFSA worksheet.
  • Ask your employer for your 2009 W2 payroll. (You will need to put how much money you earned on the FAFSA application.
  • Try to attend a financial aid workshop at your child’s school. Take the completed FAFSA worksheet along with your child, and get questions answered from a FAFSA expert. Contact his or her counselor for specific workshop dates and times.
  • Plan to attend a FAFSA follow-up workshop in March to make any needed changes or corrections to your application.
  • Can’t attend a workshop? Visit Choose your future Opens in a new window icon.. There, you can learn more about how to complete the FAFSA.

Resources

Free Application for Federal Student AidOpens in a new window icon.

FAFSA FAQsOpens in a new window icon.

Illinois Student Assistance CommissionOpens in a new window icon.

Choose your futureOpens in a new window icon.


For questions, contact our Financial Aid Hotline at (773) 553-1370.


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Page Last Modified on Thursday, August 28, 2014