Grants

Grants are a form of financial aid that does not have to be repaid.  Most grants are awarded based on the student and family’s financial need.  Apply for federal and state grants.

The Pell Grant is the largest federal need-based grant program that can be used to pay for educational related expenses such as tuition, fees, books and supplies.  Grant amounts are based on the student's expected family contribution as determined by the FAFSA.

Pell Grant awards range up to $5,815 per year for 2016-2017 and $5,920 per year for 2017-2018.

If you receive a Pell Grant, the awarded amount listed is based on a full time enrollment of 12 credit hours each term and is prorated based on your enrollment. Your Pell Grant will likely be adjusted if you change your enrollmment.

The Federal Pell Grant has a lifetime eligibility limit. A student may receive Pell Grants up to a maximum of 12 semesters (600%), or the calculated equivalent. Harper College sends a notification if you are close to this limit.

The Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant is a federal need-based grant with limited funding and can be used to pay for educational related expenses such as tuition, fees, books and supplies.  This award is available to students with a zero Expected Family Contribution (EFC) and a minimum half time enrollment of six credit hours.

The FSEOG maximum award at Harper College is $500 per year.

The State of Illinois Monetary Award Program (MAP) is a need-based grant program administered by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) and is available for Illinois residents who qualify.

MAP grants pay a portion of tuition and mandatory fees.  Apply early as funding is limited. 

The maximum MAP award is $2,316 per year.

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Important: 
State funding for the State of Illinois Monetary Award Program Grant (Est) is unknown for 2016-2017. 

Great News!  Harper College is funding the MAP grant for the Fall 2016 and Spring 2017 semesters! If you are eligible for the MAP grant, it will be included in your financial aid awards and will be paid to your student account.


You may be asked to submit proof of Illinois residency.

Illinois Residency for 2016-2017

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State of Illinois Required MAP Grant Announcement Information for 2016-2017

By applying for financial aid and agreeing to share that information with the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) you have been considered for the State of Illinois (IL) Monetary Award Program (MAP) Grant. If you were determined to meet the eligibility criteria for the MAP grant, an award is included on this award letter. This award may be an estimate made by the financial aid office and, if so, is identified as a "State of IL MAP Grant (Est)". MAP grants are limited based on the number of applicants and funding levels appropriated by the Illinois General Assembly. Please be aware that in light of state funding constraints, reductions to estimated or actual MAP grants are possible.

Eligibility for a MAP grant is tracked by the equivalent number of semester credit hours of MAP benefits paid on your behalf. This is called MAP Paid Credit Hours. Payment for each term is being made according to the equivalent number of credit hours eligible for MAP payment, with a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 15 MAP Paid Credit Hours.

There is a limit on the number of MAP Paid Credit Hours that can be paid while you are classified by your school as a freshman and sophomore. This limit is the equivalent of 75 MAP Paid Credit Hours. If this maximum is reached, you must attain junior status for your MAP grant eligibility to resume. The maximum number of MAP Paid Credit Hours that can be received is capped at 135.

If a State of IL MAP Grant (Est) is not included in your award letter, you are not eligible for the grant at Harper College.

Learn about the State of IL MAP Grant, program regulations and the 2016-2017 Monetary Award Program (MAP) Rights & Responsibilities.

The State of Illinois Monetary Award Program (MAP) is a need-based grant program administered by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) and is available for Illinois residents who qualify.

MAP grants pay a portion of tuition and mandatory fees.  Apply early as funding is limited. 

The maximum MAP award is $2,316 per year.

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Important: 
At this time, state funding for the State of Illinois Monetary Award Program Grant (Est) is unknown for 2017-2018. If you are eligible for a MAP grant, an estimated grant amount is included in your financial aid awards on your MyHarper Student Portal. MAP grants will only be credited to your account if state funding becomes available. Learn about the State of IL MAP Grant, program regulations.


You may be asked to submit proof of Illinois residency.

Illinois Residency for 2017-2018

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State of Illinois Required MAP Grant Announcement Information for 2017-2018

By applying for financial aid and agreeing to share that information with the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) you have been considered for the State of Illinois (IL) Monetary Award Program (MAP) Grant. All MAP-approved institutions are required by the State of Illinois to announce MAP Grant awards to students who are enrolled or intending to enroll at their institution. An award amount is included on this letter if you have met the eligibility criteria.

The MAP Grant award amount is an estimate made by the financial aid office and is identified as a "State of IL MAP Grant (Est)." Please be aware that the number of available MAP Grants is limited by funding levels approved by the Illinois General Assembly and the Governor, and reductions to estimated or actual MAP Grants are possible.

There are also limitations to how long you can continue to receive a MAP Grant. Usage is tracked by the number of credit hours for which you’ve received MAP benefits and is referred to as MAP Paid Credit Hours (MPCHs). The maximum number of MPCHs that can be received is 135, and you must be at the junior level or above to use more than 75 MPCHs. For your reference, and to learn more about MPCH limitations, you may access a record of your MPCHs through the ISAC Student Portal at https://studentportal.isac.org/MPCH.

If a State of IL MAP Grant (Est) is not included in your award letter, you are not eligible for the grant at Harper College.

Learn about the State of IL MAP Grant, program regulations and the 2017-2018 Monetary Award Program (MAP) Rights & Responsibilities.