Illinois State uses the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, better known as the FAFSA, to determine if students qualify for financial aid. Continuing students must complete the FAFSA each year. Illinois State's preferred filing date for the FAFSA is November 15th each year. You must apply by November 15th to be considered for all aid programs.
The FAFSA uses such factors as your family’s income, the number of people in your household and family assets to determine how much your family can afford to pay for your education.
Other criteria also affect your eligibility for federal, state, and institutional financial aid programs. For example, you must:
register with the Selective Service System (if required);
be enrolled in a degree or certificate program at least half-time; and
not have a drug conviction that prevents you from receiving federal student aid. The Department of Education has developed a worksheet that explains if a drug conviction can affect your eligibility to receive federal aid.
You may be required to meet other conditions for other types of aid such as private scholarships or loans. Before you apply, check the requirements directly with the donor or lender.