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Qualifying for Financial Aid

Federal Eligibility Requirements

To receive federal financial aid, you must meet several requirements:

  • First, you must be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen.
  • Have a valid Social Security number.
  • Have a high school diploma or General Education Development certificate, or recognized equivalent.
  • Enroll in an eligible program as a regular student seeking a degree or certificate. (Note: all academic programs requiring less than 16 credit hours are ineligible for financial aid.)
  • Register (or have registered) with the Selective Service (military draft) if you are a male between the ages of 18 and 25.
  • Meet the satisfactory academic progress standards set by the college.
  • Certify that you will use federal aid only for educational purposes.
  • Certify that you are not in default on a federal student loan, and that you do not owe money on a federal grant.
  • Certify that you have never been convicted for the possession or sale of illegal drugs for an offense that occurred while you were receiving federal student aid.

Myths about Financial Aid

  • Myth #1: If your family income is higher than average, you won't be eligible for financial aid.
  • Fact: Many factors affect financial aid decisions, and some awards are not based on income. Never assume that you won’t qualify.
  • Myth #2: Scholarships are only for star athletes or straight-A students.
  • Fact: Although some scholarships are awarded to students who have excelled in the classroom or in athletics, many scholarships are awarded for other reasons.
  • Myth #3: Applying for financial aid is complicated and time-consuming.
  • Fact: With handy web sites and online forms, applying is easier—and less paper-clogged—than ever. The college’s Financial Aid staff is trained to help you fill out forms and offer advice. Stop by the Financial Aid Office on the Grayslake campus. A friendly staff member will be happy to help you—and you don’t even have to be a CLC student.