Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA)

Under Illinois Public Act 101-0180, completing a FAFSA application, Alternate Application, or FAFSA Waiver is now a graduation requirement for Illinois seniors.
 
The FAFSA application opens on October 1st every year for students attending college in the fall of the next year. To complete a FAFSA application, please visit www.fafsa.gov.
 
In order to prepare for this application, students and families should each create their own FSA ID. Your FSA ID will serve as your signature on the FAFSA. It takes one to three days for your FSA ID to be processed, so you can start that process as soon as possible.

Completing the FAFSA Overview Video

This is a great video that gives an overview of the FAFSA and how to fill it out. This is an example from the 20-21 school year — but be sure all seniors fill out the FAFSA for the 2022-2023 school year (the year they are in college).

Kishwaukee Community College Financial Aid Office Virtual FAFSA Workshop on October 14, 2021

The Kishwaukee Community College Financial Aid Office hosts a free virtual FAFSA workshop for local DeKalb County students (whether you are going to Kish or not).
 
The Kishwaukee College Financial Aid Office can assist you with the FAFSA process. Kish Financial Aid team members will host a Virtual FAFSA Night from 6 - 7 PM on Thursday, October 14, 2021 where they will present how to complete the FAFSA. Following the presentation, students and parents can make virtual one-on-one appointments to review and complete their individual applications. To register for the Virtual FAFSA Night or schedule a virtual one-on-one appointment, please contact Kish’s Financial Aid Office at finaid@kish.edu.
 
For more information on FAFSA, visit www.fafsa.gov or www.kish.edu/financialaid.

ISAC FAFSA Help Session at SHS on October 25, 2021

The SHS school counseling office and ISAC (IL Student Assistance Commission) reps will host a FAFSA help session in late October to answer any questions you may have as you work through the FAFSA. The FAFSA help session at SHS will take place from 4 - 6 PM on Monday, October 25th, 2021.
 
Our regional ISAC representative is available to work individually with any student or family who needs help completing the FAFSA. Contact your SHS school counselor and the ISAC rep directly. All information is kept confidential.
Taylor Curry
ISACorps Member, Kishwaukee District
Illinois Student Assistance Commission