How Aid is Awarded
The primary responsibility of funding educational expenses rests with the student and the student's family. If the financial assistance the student is awarded does not cover the student's expenses, the student is responsible for paying the remainder within Harper College's established fee payment deadlines.
In an effort to assist our undergraduate students with their educational expenses, Harper College participates in federal, state and Foundation scholarships.
The majority of the funds administered by the Office of Student Financial Assistance are based on demonstrated financial need. All students at Harper College are encouraged to apply for assistance.
Harper College requires that all students who wish to receive scholarships, grants, loans or student employment, have current financial aid documents on file. Harper College will award financial assistance in the following order, from the following sources:
- Federal Pell Grant (if eligible)
- Any outside grants and scholarships the student may be receiving
- Any Foundation or Trustee Award the student may be receiving
- Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant of up to $500 (student must be eligible for Pell Grant funding and apply early)
- Illinois Veteran's Grant/Illinois National Guard Grant (if eligible)
- Illinois Monetary Award Program (MAP) (if eligible and not receiving Illinois Veteran's Grant/Illinois National Guard Grant)
- Federal Work Study award (if eligible)
- Subsidized Federal Direct Stafford Loan (if eligible)
- Unsubsidized Federal Direct Stafford Loan (if eligible)