Federal Pell Grant
Pell Grants are awarded to undergraduate students who have not earned a bachelor's or a professional degree. The student must meet all eligibility requirements and be admitted to Highland Community College. Eligibility for Pell is determined by the results of the FAFSA application and the amount of the Pell award is prorated based on the number of credit hours enrolled. The Pell Grant is gift aid and does not have to be repaid. Please read this important announcement regarding Pell Grant eligibility.
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)
The Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG) program is for undergraduates with exceptional financial need. Pell Grant recipients with the lowest expected family contributions (EFCs) will be considered first for a FSEOG. Funding is limited so not all eligible students will receive this grant. FSEOG is gift aid and does not have to be repaid.
Federal Direct Student Loans
For more information regarding Federal Direct Student Loans, click here.
Federal Work-Study Program
If you qualify for the federal work-study program and you are interested in obtaining employment on campus, please contact Career Services at 815.599.3536. Federal work-study positions are limited and require a student to complete an application and interview process.
The State of Illinois also offers a number of financial aid programs. To learn more about state programs, go to http://www.isac.org/isac-gift-assistance-programs/index.html.
If you completed the FAFSA form for federal aid and you are an Illinois resident, your information will be automatically forwarded to the Illinois Student Assistance Commission to determine your eligibility for the Illinois MAP grant. Information on the Illinois MAP grant can be found at http://www.isac.org/isac-gift-assistance-programs/index.html.
We are proud to be serving you as a Military Friendly School. Please contact our office at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 815-599-3519 for further assistance in use of and questions regarding your benefits. Some quick links of the benefits accepted are listed below.
Veterans may apply for educational benefits either through the VA or by getting paperwork from the Office of Financial Aid. The VA will provide financial assistance to veterans to the extent that the credits for which the veteran is enrolled are applicable toward an approved degree or certificate program. Further, the veteran must make continued and satisfactory progress toward the degree or certificate. Veterans are responsible for notifying the College and the VA of reduction in their course load.
Changes to Schedule or Program
Any time a student eligible for any type of Veterans Benefits, registers or makes an adjustment to their schedule, they must contact our Certifying Official in the Financial Aid Office to ensure that benefits are applied correctly and/or updated to reflect changes.
In order to qualify for any of the following benefits the student must first apply online through the VA. You may also print the form and mail it in or bring to the Financial Aid Office and we will mail the form for you. A copy of your DD214 Member 4 must be attached; if you have more than one, include all of them. This is a one-time application and will not need to be updated each academic year. For assistance in obtaining a copy of your DD214 if you have misplaced yours please contact the Illinois Department of Veteran’s Affairs, PO Box 19432, Springfield, IL 62794-9432 or by phone at 217-782-4652. You may also contact the National Personnel Records Center. Should you mail the form please keep a copy for your records as well. It may take around 8 weeks to receive your award letter from the VA stating that you are eligible to receive the benefits or a request for more information/denial letter. Please be patient and plan ahead.
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For additional information on any of the GI Bill Chapters, please visit http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/get_started.asp.
Interested in working on campus?
Highland Community College participates in the Federal Work Study Program offering jobs on campus to help pay education expenses. Work Study is a need-based financial aid award. It is not a grant (you must work to earn it), and it is not a loan (you don't have to repay it). Students must qualify for need-based financial aid to receive Work Study. The formula for determining eligibility for Work Study is this: Total Cost of Attendance (COA) minus Expected Family Contribution (EFC) minus any "gift" aid (grants, waivers, scholarships) equals Work Study eligibility. If this eligibility is filled by need-based loan (typically Subsidized Direct Student loan or Perkins loan), then you can either borrow less loan, and work for the money instead, or if you still want the loan, we can switch some or all of the Subsidized loan to Unsubsidized Direct Student loan (a non-need based loan that can fill EFC) and award Work Study.
If you are interested in Federal Work Study the first step is to complete the FAFSA form, then contact the Financial Aid office to find out if you are eligible. If eligible you can apply through Career Services:
Once you have identified a position that you are interested in: