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Applying for Financial Aid

Quick Tip: CLC’s Federal School Code for FAFSA is 007694.

Application Steps

  1. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
    Apply as early as possible, after October 1st for the upcoming academic year to ensure that all federal, state and institutional deadlines are met.

    Watch the FAFSA overview video and the the How to Fill Out a FAFSA video on YouTube for reference.

    You can also view the Federal Student Aid FAFSA: Apply for Aid playlist on YouTube for help with common FAFSA questions.

    The College of Lake County's Federal School Code is 007694.

    You will need to create an FSA ID to submit and make updates to your FAFSA, and to access other Department of Education financial aid sites. For information about the FSA ID, read What's an FSA ID and Why Do I Need One? (PDF) or watch the How to Create Your FSA ID video on YouTube.

  2. Review your Student Aid Report (SAR).
    After you submit your FAFSA, the Department of Education (ED) will send you a Student Aid Report (SAR). The SAR confirms the information reported on your FAFSA and will tell you your Expected Family Contribution (EFC). The EFC is an index of need that our office will use to determine the amount of federal student aid for which you qualify. ED will also send our office an electronic copy of your SAR called an ISIR.

  3. Contact the Office of Financial Aid.
    If we need more information from you, we will contact you by mail or email and add items to your “To Do List”. Be sure to keep your address current with the Registrar and Records Office and check your “To Do List” in myStudentCenter often for any updates. Students can access financial aid information, holds, and checklists for financial aid processes via myStudentCenter. After a review of your SAR, we will prepare a letter outlining your aid eligibility.

    If you need to appeal the FAFSA, you can submit a Special Circumstance Appeal (PDF) if there is a significant change in your financial situation, or if your FAFSA does not capture a financial difficulty that you are currently facing. The government does not specify the situations that could qualify as a special circumstance. Some examples are a noticeable reduction in income from 2019 to the present due to job loss or reduction in work hours, or high unreimbursed medical costs. The special circumstance appeal can potentially change your AGI (Adjusted Gross Income) on the FAFSA and may qualify you for financial assistance from at the federal or state level. In order to pursue this type of appeal you must have filed the FAFSA for the current year.

  4. Students not eligible to complete the FAFSA may be eligible to complete the Alternative Application for Illinois Financial Aid. This includes:
    • Undocumented students who are residents of the state of Illinois.
    • Undergraduate students who may be in good academic standing but have lost their Monetary Award Program (MAP) funding because they have not reached junior standing after using 75 MAP funded credit hours.
  5. Students are no longer required to register with Selective Service to be eligible to receive federal student aid. Transgender students are encouraged to complete the FAFSA.

Summer only students:

Visiting students attending CLC for summer term with the intent to transfer earned credits to their home institution are not eligible for aid at CLC. If you are intending on using financial aid you will need to contact your home institution's financial aid office for a consortium agreement to determine eligibility.

Attend a valuable, FREE, FAFSA and Alternative Application In-Person Workshop!

Registration is required. For more information, please view the FAFSA and Alternative Application Workshop flier (PDF) (en Español) or email

Attend a Financial Aid Workshop

Attend a FREE workshops for in-person help completing the FAFSA! No registration is required.

Bring the following:

For 2022-2023 FAFSA applications:

  • Your 2020 tax forms
  • Your parents’ 2020 tax forms (if applicable)
  • Your driver’s license or state ID
  • Social security card (if applicable)
  • Information about assets such as: savings, certificates of deposit, stock shares, bonds, investments in real estate, businesses, or farms

For 2021-2022 FAFSA applications:

  • Your 2019 tax forms
  • Your parents’ 2019 tax forms (if applicable)
  • Your driver’s license or state ID
  • Social security card
  • Information about assets such as: savings, certificates of deposit, stock shares, bonds, investments in real estate, businesses, or farms

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