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Planning for college can seem pretty overwhelming, but it's a lot easier with the right tools
just a click away. And it’s even better when those tools are free! Use the ISAC Student Portal
to help you choose a college, learn about careers, find scholarships, simplify the financial
aid process, learn how to budget your money, and much more. You can even connect with one of
our ISACorps members for one-on-one help or to find a workshop in your area!
Check out the First Generation Scholars Network!
If you will be the first in your family to earn a college degree, join our network to get support and resources from ISAC, your peers at your college, and colleges across the state! And if you are heading to your first year of college this fall, we’ve got events and programs that can give you tools, resources, mentoring, and a great network of connections to make your transition and first year of college a whole lot easier—and successful.
Partners and tools that we think will help you out.
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Find the colleges you want and the scholarships you need.
Learn about Illinois institutions and potential occupations through Illinois Postsecondary Profiles.
The Illinois Student Assistance Commission now offers ISAC College Q&A
- get your questions about college planning and financial aid answered via text message,
and receive important information about college planning events and deadlines.
Want to know your chances of getting financial aid for college?
This tool uses basic information you provide to help you estimate your eligibility
for federal student aid, including the Pell Grant, work study and student loans.
Do you have unique or extenuating circumstances? Get help writing a financial aid appeal letter – for free.
View actual financial aid offers students similar to you have received from the same and comparable colleges.
ISAC’s mission is to help make college accessible and affordable for students throughout
Illinois. ISAC provides comprehensive, objective, and timely information on education and
financial aid for students and their families—giving them access to the tools they need to
help make the educational choices that are right for them. Then, through the state’s flagship
Monetary Award Program and other scholarship and grant programs ISAC manages, ISAC can help
students make those choices a reality. To learn more, visit isac.org
Easily compare financial aid offers from colleges.
Tools to help you get ready for college!
Stay on top of all the steps you need to take in planning for college.
Going to college in Illinois? Find out if you can get a MAP grant.
Attend a free college application planning, or financial aid workshop in your area.
Explore the activities and experiences for grades 8-12 that can help you prepare for college and career.
Get one-on-one help from recent college grads who have been specially trained to
help you with the whole college planning and financial aid process.
CONNECT WITH YOUR LOCAL ISACORPS MEMBER
Tools to help you get ready!
The ISACorps are here to help you through the college planning process! 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, college scholarships and grand search, FAFSA completion and student financial aid.
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