College Resources

If you don’t have a high school diploma, let’s get your GED.  You will open the door to more career and educational opportunities.  All your local community colleges have free classes. Click on the logos below to learn more.

School Programs

Helpful Resources

Attend Your Community College for Free with One Million Degrees (OMD)

One Million Degrees accelerates community college students’ progress on career pathways to economic mobility. OMD provides scholars with holistic support including coaching, financial assistance, personal support and professional development. Click here to learn more about how OMD empowers scholars to take charge of their own success, and take a peek into the community you could be a part of!

Need Help With Student Loan Debt Relief

Summer is offering free assistance to all Cook County residents. If you or someone close to you needs help managing their student loans, take a look at your options today. Summer has cutting-edge tools to see which federal loans are still due and we can help enroll you in free federal programs to lower payments. Sign up today: meetsummer.org/il

Federal Student Aid

FAFSA should be the first resource you check out when applying for financial aid toward college. Use the links/apps below to see if you qualify for assistance:

myStudentAid for Google Play

my StudentAid for Iphone

Federal Pell Grants

Federal Pell Grants usually are awarded only to undergraduate students who display exceptional financial need and have not earned a bachelor’s, graduate, or professional degree. (In some cases, however, a student enrolled in a postbaccalaureate teacher certification program might receive a Federal Pell Grant.)

Ladder Up

Ladder Up provides hardworking people with free financial consulting resources to help our clients secure the opportunities they need to move up the economic ladder.

  • Tax Assistance
  • College Financial Aid
  • Financial Education