Never too Early to Plan for College

Going to college or earning a career certificate increases your chances of getting a good job. The average salary of a college graduate is almost double that of someone who does not go to college. The bottom line is that going to college means more money, more opportunities, and a better life for your family. We have several opportunities for you – everything from scholarships to cash stipends, tutoring to mentoring. Learn about the resources available to help you.

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!

Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC)

Do you have questions about college? About financial aid? Get answers from ISAC’s experts sent directly to your phone. ISACorps members are recent college graduates from across the state that can help you with the ins and outs of selecting and applying to college. Meet with your local ISACorps member for free one-on-one assistance. Click here to meet with a free college advisor.


Paying for College and Scholarship Information


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:

FAFSA Website

myStudentAid for Google Play

my StudentAid for Iphone

Get Connected for College!

Looking for help with getting connected to the world wide web? Purchasing an affordable laptop? Comcast has a program that provides residents with low-cost computers and affordable internet access at home.

Illinois College2Career

Illinois College2Career helps you find Illinois colleges that best fit your educational priorities and career goals.

CEDA Scholarship

CEDA provides Fall Semester Scholarships for IL Colleges.