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 www.fafsa.ed.gov. 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. Also check our JHHS Resources For Juniors in the right hand menu for further financial aid information specifically for the junior class.
General information on Financial Aid for all grades can be found below:
Do you need money for college?
Questions to ask colleges about financial aid
Information for families of juniors building a list that will be affordable:
Information from our D214 Junior Financial Aid Night on March 12, 2019 in English:
Information for families of seniors filing their FAFSA after October 1, 2018:
Information from our D214 Senior Financial Aid Night on September 20, 2018 in English:
Other Financial Aid Resources for parents of seniors completing the FAFSA:
For information about scholarships, click here to review our Scholarship webpage