College Student Resources


As a first-generation college student, I understand the hardships of paying for college. In high school, I had assistance from a college prep program called Upward Bound, however, once in college I was limited with who I felt I could ask for assistance. I did a lot of the research on my own for the most part. However, I hope to now be able to assist students in obtaining the resources necessary to pay for college without having to affect their grades. Please view the following resources. If there are any other resources you would like me to include please email me at


Rep. Barbara Hernandez

Updated 11/9/2021

Financial Aid:


Note: FAFSA enrollment is usually open on October 1st.

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid is a form completed by current and prospective college students in the United States to determine their eligibility for student financial aid.

Use the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) form to apply for financial aid for college or graduate school. Please apply here.

Alternative FAFSA

To accommodate RISE Act-eligible students (both undocumented and transgender students), an online application for MAP grants is available. Instead of completing the FAFSA to begin the MAP application process, these students may be eligible to complete the Alternative Application for Illinois Financial Aid. The data from the application will be used to calculate an expected family contribution (EFC), which is used in determining a student’s MAP eligibility. The application, patterned after the FAFSA, is accessible for the 2020-21 and 2021-22 academic years through the link below.

The Alternative Application for Illinois Financial Aid is not currently compatible with mobile devices. Please apply here.

Assistance in Filling Out FAFSA.

ISAC offering free college planning and financial aid guidance for Illinois students

While many students and families are feeling overwhelmed or disconnected from school support, ISAC continues to offer free help to any Illinois student or family with questions about completing the FAFSA, the Alternative Application for Illinois Financial Aid, or college admission applications. The agency also posts events and one-minute videos answering common financial aid questions on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

  • One-on-one assistance is available via phone, email, text, or videoconference with a local member of the ISACorps, ISAC’s statewide outreach team. Search by ZIP code at to find your local Corps members.

Student Loan Information/ Informacion de Prestamos Estudiantiles

Update: President Biden has deferred Student Loans until January 31 2022.

  • Manage and find your student loans, click here

  • To learn more about repayment options, click here.

  • Learn about consolidating your student loans, click here

  • Learn about Student Loan Forgiveness, click here.

IDHA Homebuyer Downpayment Grants WITH student loan forgiveness

  • IDHA has two new programs that if you qualify can give you up to $6,000 in a down payment and forgive student loans at 15% or after 5 years. DACA recipients also qualify. For more infomariont click here.


  • Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley has over 100 local scholarships, click here.

  • United States Hispanic Leadership Institute (USHLI), click here.

  • League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), click here.

  • ROE 11 Scholarship Book, click here.

  • Aurora Puerto Rican Cultural Council Scholarship, click here.

  • Waubonsee Community College Scholarships, click here.

  • Aurora University Scholarships, click here.

  • Illinois Legislative Latino Caucus Foundation Scholarship, click here.

  • Illinois Legislative Black Caucus Foundation Scholarship, click here

  • Simon Youth Foundation Scholarship, click here

  • Two Rivers Head Start Scholarship, click here.

  • Illinois Dream Fund Scholarship, click here.

  • Illinois Conservation Foundation, click here.

  • Conference of Women Legislators (COWL), click here.

  • Golden Apple Scholarship, click here.

  • Coca-Cola Scholarship Fund, click here.

  • Nursing Education Program, click here.

  • Podiatric Medicine Scholarship, click here.

  • List of Resources for Nursing Students in Illinois, click here.

  • Opportunity Scholarship for Dreamers, click here.

  • National Scholarship for Dreamers, click here.

  • Grant Program for Exonerees, click here.

  • Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institutions (AANAPISIs), click here.

  • Korean Ancestry Grant, click here

  • APIA Scholarship, click here.

  • Minority Teachers of Illinois (MTI) Scholarship Program, click here.

  • Illinois Special Education Teacher Scholarship, click here.

  • DCFS Scholarship Program Student Application, click here for information, here for the application.

  • Illinois Conservation Foundation Scholarship, click here.

  • Dr. Ervin Caraballo Scholarship, click here

  • Black Naturopathic Opportunity Scholarship, click here.

  • Illinois Restaurant Association Educational Foundation Scholarship, click here.

  • Earthmover Credit Union Teen Investment Program, click here.

Internships/ Servicio Social

  • CAIR Chicago Internship, click here.

  • Office State Representative Barbara Hernandez, email

  • Kane County Government Internships, click here.

  • Congressman Bill Foster Internships, click here.

  • Paramount Theater Internships, click here.

  • World Relief Internships, click here.

  • The city of Naperville Internships, click here.

  • AID Internships, click here.

  • IMSA’s College Internship Opportunities, click here.

  • Fox Valley Orchestra Internships, click here.

  • 135 Summer Engineering Internship Opportunities with the Illinois Department of Transportation, Click here. official or unofficial college transcripts; registrar offices may send transcripts in pdf format

  • Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), click here.

  • Alive Center in Naperville and Aurora, click here.

  • Mary T. Washington Wylie internship preparation program, Click here.

Government Fellowships