A grant is financial aid that does not have to be repaid as long as you complete your classes. All federal grants are awarded to students with financial need.
Federal Pell Grant
Pell Grant awards are based on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The federal government calculates an Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) using student and family income and assets. The EFC determines the Pell Grant award for undergraduate students.
The maximum Pell Grant for the 2013-14 award year is $5,645.
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (FSEOG)
FSEOG is awarded to undergraduate students with the highest need who complete their FAFSA by the Black Hawk College preference date of May 15.
Illinois Monetary Award (MAP)
The Monetary Award Program (MAP) provides grants to students with financial need who meet the Illinois residency requirements. MAP grants are applied toward tuition and mandatory fees for undergraduate students. To qualify, an applicant completes and submits the FAFSA. Funding for MAP grant is limited; you need to apply early to meet funding deadlines. Deadline for 2013-14 MAP was March 1, 2013.