There are many options for funding higher education.  Common sources include grants, loans, and scholarships.  Contact the financial aid office at your college or university to explore the options available to you.

 

Extension to ACES Scholarship

University of Illinois Extension and the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES) are pleased to offer up to 54 scholarships for the 2018-2019 academic year. University of Illinois Extension is the flagship outreach effort of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, offering educational programs to residents of all of Illinois' 102 counties. Two scholarships of $2,500 each will be awarded in each of the 27 Extension Units. To learn more about Extension, visit extension.illinois.edu.

Applicant qualifications

Applicants must be incoming freshmen or transfer students who are current residents of Illinois, who will be majoring within the College of ACES at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign during the 2018-2019 academic year. Applicants will be ranked on the basis of academic achievement, leadership and good citizenship. Priority will be given to incoming freshmen, but transfer students are encouraged to apply.

Application period

To apply, visit academics.aces.illinois.edu/scholarships/new-students. Award decisions will be made on a rolling basis beginning December 1, 2017 until all are awarded. For questions, please contact cacesoap@illinois.edu.

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Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the key that opens the door to financial aid. It serves as the application for most of the financial aid from federal and state programs and from colleges and universities. Even if you are not sure that you will need financial aid, we recommend that you fill out a FAFSA anyway -- it's free.

There are many free websites that assist students in scholarship searches; check the websites listed below to help you.

Scholarship.com

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