Effective with the 2020-2021 school year, the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) requires that all high school senior students complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be eligible to receive a high school diploma.
- FAFSA Eligibility: https://studentaid.gov/understand-aid/eligibility/requirements
- Step 1: Eligible students and Eligible parents should create an FSA ID
- Step 2: Complete the FAFSA
- Students who are not eligible to complete the FAFSA should verify if they are eligible for the Alternative Application https://www.isac.org/Alternative-Application
- Who should complete the Alternative Application? According to the Illinois Student Assistance Commission website:
“ The Retention of Illinois Students & Equity (RISE) Act allows eligible undocumented students and transgender students who are
disqualified from federal financial aid to apply for all forms of state financial aid.
The Alternative Application for Illinois Financial Aid provides a pathway for these qualified students to apply for Monetary Award
Program (MAP) grants, the state's largest need-based grant program for low-income college students.
The RISE Act also removed the 75-hour cap on Monetary Award Program (MAP) paid credit hours for freshmen and sophomores as
of January 1, 2020. The overall maximum of 135 MAP paid credit hours remains in effect.”
- Students who are not eligible to complete the FAFSA and/or are not eligible to complete the Alternative Application, or families who do not intend on completing the FAFSA should complete the FAFSA Non-Participation Form. Please complete and email to the students counselor.