Grants

The Federal Pell Grant is available to students who are enrolled in an eligible degree or certificate program (at least 16 credit hours in length). Beginning in 2012-2013, students may receive Pell Grants up to a maximum of 12 semesters, or the calculated equivalent.

Students may also receive the Federal Pell Grant for up to 30 credit hours of English as a Second Language (ESL) courses. Students must demonstrate financial need by applying for aid using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Awards range up to $5,550 per year. In order to receive a Federal Pell Grant students must be U.S. citizens or eligible non-citizens. Students must apply for the Federal Pell Grant every year.

The FSEOG is available to students who are enrolled in an eligible degree or certificate program (at least 16 credit hours in length).

Students must demonstrate financial need by applying for aid using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Only students who are eligible for Federal Pell Grant can qualify for FSEOG. The maximum amount of this award at Harper College is $500 per year. Students must be enrolled for at least six (6) credit hours per semester in order to qualify for FSEOG. Funding is limited in this program and FSEOG funds are awarded on a first come-first served basis.

In order to receive a FSEOG, students must be U.S. citizens or eligible non-citizens. Students must apply for FSEOG every year.

The State of Illinois Monetary Award Program (MAP) is a need-based program administered by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) and is available for Illinois residents who qualify. You must also be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen.

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.

For proof of Illinois residency requirements, see Verification Guidelines. If you are an Independent student you must be able to show that you were a resident of the State of Illinois one full year prior to the first day of classes for fall term of the award year in question. If you are a Dependent student, your parents (or a parent) must show they were residents as of the date you filed the FAFSA form.

To apply, students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each year. Awards range in value up to tuition and mandatory fees. Apply early in order to ensure funding will be available.