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Financial Aid (FAFSA)

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) will open for the 2020-2021 school year on October 1, 2019.  Federal Student Aid, a part of the U.S. Department of Education, is the largest provider of student financial aid in the nation. It provides federal grants, loans, and work-study funds each year to students paying for college or career school.  Please go to to apply for financial aid. The FAFSA must be completed as soon as possible after October 1,




What information do I need to complete my 2020-21 FAFSA?

Social Security Number

Your Alien Registration Number, if you(student) are not a U.S Citizen

Your 2018 federal tax returns, W-2's, and other records of money earned.

Banking statements and records of investments(if applicable)

Records of untaxed income(if applicable)

An FSA ID to sign electronically. (This can be created beforehand at, or at the time of application)

List of colleges you would like to attend.

Financial Aid Timeline

FAFSA Questions?

Contact Ariel O’Neal, Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC)

Cell: 708-613-1299

Parents and students are welcome by appointment to meet with ISAC rep on Wednesdays in the Astro Cafe during lunch periods.


                       The parent and student will both need to create an FSA ID prior to FAFSA completion.


       This is accessible now on


How to create an FSA ID


FAFSA and FSA ID tips for parents



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