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Illinois is a "state of mind.” Here’s how it can help you improve yours.

(Citzenship not necessarily required.)

Rockford University, in conjunction with the state, awards competitive financial aid packages to students – like you – in the form of grants and scholarships. And you don’t have to be from the Prairie State, either. We also offer need-based grants to students from other states, so you can attend Rockford University no matter what state you call home.

ILLINOIS FUTURE TEACHERS CORP
Awards of up to $5,000 per year for a maximum of four semesters. In addition, up to $10,000 per year is available to students who choose to teach in a "hard-to-staff” school or teacher shortage discipline.

ILLINOIS INCENTIVE FOR ACCESS
$500 grant awarded to incoming Illinois freshman students.

MONETARY AWARD PROGRAM (MAP)
Provides grant assistance to eligible Illinois students demonstrating financial need. For more information, you can check out www.collegezone.com.


There are a number of federal programs available to help you with tuition. These aren’t handouts – some will need to be repaid – but they are a leg-up on dealing with university costs. Bottom line: the less time you spend worrying about money, the more time you can spend learning – and making a difference in the world.

FEDERAL PELL GRANTS
Need-based federal grants awarded for up to $4,050.* 2010-2011 grants awarded up to $5,550.*

FEDERAL SUPPLEMENTAL EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITY GRANTS (SEOG)
Need-based grants that range from $200 to $2,000.

FEDERAL DIRECT LOANS as of 7/1/2010
Students may borrow the following amounts correlating to their year: $3,500 for freshman, $4,500 as sophomores, $5,500 as juniors and seniors, and $8,500 as graduate students.

FEDERAL PERKINS LOANS
Need-based loans with a maximum value of $8,000 over four years.

FEDERAL DIRECT PARENT LOAN FOR UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS (PLUS) as of 7/1/2010
Designed specifically for parents, this program allows them to borrow the difference between aid awarded and actual tuition costs.

*Maximum amounts are determined by federal guidelines and subject to change.
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