College Student Resources

Greetings!


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 RepBarbaraHernandez@gmail.com.


Sincerely,

Rep. Barbara Hernandez

Greetings!


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 RepBarbaraHernandez@gmail.com.


Sincerely,

Rep. Barbara Hernandez

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Saludos!


Como estudiante de primera generación, entiendo las dificultades para pagar la universidad. En la escuela secundaria tuve la ayuda de un programa de preparación para la universidad llamado Upward Bound, sin embargo, una vez en la universidad, estaba limitada con quien podía preguntar para pedir ayuda. Hice mucha investigación por mi propia cuenta. Sin embargo, ahora espero poder asistir a estudiantes con los recursos necesarios para poder pagar la universidad sin tener que afectar sus calificaciones. Consulte los siguientes recursos. Si hay otros recursos que les gustaría que incluyera por favor envíeme un correo electrónico a RepBarbaraHernandez@gmail.com.




Financial Aid: Ayuda Financiera


FAFSA/spanish here

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.


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Ayuda Financiera


FAFSA/ Solicitud Gratuita de ayuda federal para estudiantes

Inscripción de FAFSA empieza en Octubre 1ro.


La FAFSA o la solicitud gratuita de ayuda federal para estudiantes es un formulario que completan los estudiantes universitarios actuales y futuros en los Estados Unidos para determinar su elegibilidad para recibir ayuda financiera para estudiantes.


Utilice el formulario de solicitud gratuita de ayuda federal para estudiantes (FAFSA) para solicitar ayuda financiera para la universidad o escuela de posgrado. Por favor, aplique aqui.



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 studentportal.isac.org/isacorps to find your local Corps members.

Student Loan Information/ Informacion de Prestamos Estudiantiles

Update: President Biden has deferred Student Loans until Aug 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.




Scholarships/Becas

  • Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley has over 100 local scholarships, click here. (closed until next year)

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

  • ROE 11 Scholarship Book, click here.

  • Waubonsee Community College Scholarships, click here. (deadline February 7, 2022 for most scholarships)

  • Aurora University Scholarships, click here.

  • Illinois Legislative Latino Caucus Foundation Scholarship, click here. (closed for the year)

  • Illinois Legislative Black Caucus Foundation Scholarship, click here

  • Simon Youth Foundation Scholarship, click here (Deadline February 15, 2022)

  • Two Rivers Head Start Scholarship, click here.

  • Illinois Dream Fund Scholarship, click here. (Deadline July 15, 2022)

  • Illinois Conservation Foundation, click here. (Deadline March 1,2022)

  • Conference of Women Legislators (COWL), click here. (Deadline April 15, 2022)

  • Golden Apple Scholarship, click here. (Closed until next year)

  • Coca-Cola Scholarship Fund, click here.

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

  • Opportunity Scholarship for Dreamers, click here. (Closed until next year)

  • National Scholarship for Dreamers, click here. (Closed until November 2023)

  • Grant Program for Exonerees, click here. (Deadline June 30, 2022)

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

  • APIA Scholarship, click here. (Closed)

  • Minority Teachers of Illinois (MTI) Scholarship Program, click here. (Deadline March 31, 2022)

  • Illinois Special Education Teacher Scholarship, click here.

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

  • Black Naturopathic Opportunity Scholarship, click here.

  • Illinois Restaurant Association Educational Foundation Scholarship, click here.

  • Earthmover Credit Union Teen Investment Program, click here.

  • Kane County Sheriff's Office Scholarship Application, click here. (Closed)

  • Friends of Moraine Hills State Park Scholarship in Environmental Studies here. (Deadline April 20, 2022)

  • DACA Renewal Scholarship, click here for more information.




Internships/ Servicio Social

  • CAIR Chicago Internship, click here.

  • White House Fellows Program, click here

  • Office State Representative Barbara Hernandez, email RepBarbaraHernandez@gmail.com

  • 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. (Accepting until positions are filled)

  • IMSA’s College Internship Opportunities, click here.

  • Fox Valley Orchestra Internships, click here. (Dates TBD)

  • 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 to: Dot.SummerApplications@Illinois.gov.

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

  • Alive Center in Naperville and Aurora, click here.