Illinois Student Assistance Commission

The Illinois Student Assistance Commission is holding its fourth annual "College Changes Everything" month.

The campaign consists of workshops around the state covering college admissions and applying for financial aid. Lynne Baker is the communications director for the agency. She says the campaign is catching on.

“We have over 300 high schools and 215 towns and cities in Illinois that have scheduled either a college application and/or a FAFSA completion workshop this fall. More are being scheduled every week,” she said.

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The Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) is urging minority students enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate teaching program to apply for available scholarship money.

The scholarship funding comes from the state's Minority Teachers of Illinois Scholarship Program. Eligible minority students pursuing a degree with the intent to teach at the pre-K through 12 level can apply for up to $5,000 in scholarship funding toward tuition, school fees, room and board or computer costs.

The Illinois Student Assistance Commission is helping families with college-bound students as part of College Changes Everything Month.

Spokeswoman Lynne Baker said the commission is offering free workshops around the state to help students complete their applications and FAFSA forms. 

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Illinois hasn't set aside any money to pay for the Monetary Award Program grants that help lower-income students go to college, but students still should hurry to fill out financial aid forms. 

That’s because some financial aid is awarded on more than just the basis of need.

Lynne Baker, with the Illinois Student Assistance Commission, says students need to submit the Free Application For Federal Student Aid – known as FAFSA -- to qualify for state programs too. That form can be completed online.