Financial Aid

The first step in securing financial aid and scholarships is to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA is used to determine a student’s eligibility for Federal grant, loan, and work funds and State of Illinois grants. The FAFSA is also used by colleges and universities across the country as the starting point for determining their school-specific financial aid and scholarships.  

We recommend that ALL seniors that are U.S. citizens or permanent residents complete the FAFSA sometime between October 1st, when the form becomes available, and mid-November of senior year. This is the time when funding is the greatest in the State of Illinois. You will find the application and information about filing at Also check our JHHS Resources For Seniors and Scholarships tabs in the right hand navigation menu for further financial aid information specifically for the senior class. 

Families of sophomores and juniors often find it helpful to use the FAFSA forecaster to estimate your family's potential financial aid as they start the college search process. Click here to find the FAFSA forecaster

Senior Financial Aid Night (September 18, 2019)

Financial Aid Presentation - Mr. Mark Anderson, Lake Forest College

 - Video presentation (slides with audio)

El Proceso de Ayuda Financiera - ISAC

FAFSA 2020-21 Informational Packet (including what you need, directions, and how to create an FSA ID)


FAFSA Manual de Información 2020-2021

Other Financial Aid Resources for parents of seniors completing the FAFSA:

‚ÄčIneligible to complete the FAFSA? You may be eligible for state aid and benefits by filling out the Alternative Application for Illinois Financial Aid. For more information, and to submit the application, click here.

Does the college you are applying to required the CSS Profile? Find out more about what that is here.

Thinking about appealing your Financial Aid decision? Check out this "tip" sheet first!

 Junior Financial Aid Night Information (March 2020 event was canceled)

General information on Financial Aid for all grades can be found below:

PDF Questions to ask colleges about financial aid

For information about scholarships, click here to review our Scholarship webpage


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