CCR - Financial Aid Information

An important step in financing college is filling out a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). The government recommends completing the online application. You can, however, still download a hard copy of the form. Seniors and their parents/guardians can request, and be assigned, a Federal Student Aid ID (FSA ID), which is required to complete the FAFSA online. While FSA ID numbers can be obtained at the same time students begin their FAFSA, you are encouraged to request your FSA ID in advance of beginning your FAFSA.
NEW, BEGINNING WITH THE CLASS OF 2017: The completed FAFSA can be submitted after October 1, 2016.  Students should take note of FAFSA deadline dates at the schools to which they are applying. Students are encouraged to submit their completed FAFSA by mid-November.  Students can also call 1-800-433-3243 for Federal student aid information. Hearing impaired students should call 1-800-730-8913.  Click on the following website links for financial aid information:
FAFSA Completion Workshops:
District 214 will host its annual FAFSA completion workshop on Tuesday, October 18, 2016, in the Wheeling High School Library (900 S. Elmhurst Rd., Wheeling).  Report to one of two sessions (6:30 and 7:30).  No appointment necessary.  Please bring:
  • your completed 2015 Federal tax return, with W-2's and all attachments for students and parents
  • student's driver's license number
  • an asset summary (EXCLUDING home equity and retirement assets) for both the parent(s) and the student
  • FSA IDs for both parent and student
Harper college will also be hosting two FAFSA Completion Workshops (Tuesday, November 8, and Tuesday, December 6).  You do not need to be attending Harper to attend the workshop.  To register click HERE.

Other FAFSA Completion Workshops in the area.  The Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) website lists other FAFSA Completion Workshop sites.  Click HERE

FAFSA Specific Resources:

To obtain an FSA ID click HERE.

To view a DRAFT of the 2017-2018 FAFSA Draft click HERE.

To view the FAFSA on the Web Worksheet for 2017-2018 click HERE.

To begin a FAFSA (for federal and state grants, work-study and loans) click HERE.

From FAFSA - 12 Common FAFSA Mistakes.  Click HERE.


National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) Resources:View NACAC's video summarizing changes in this year's (17-18) FAFSA.  Click HERE.

View NACAC's "Financial Aid in 7 Easy Steps."  Click HERE.
Access NACAC's "Paying for College" webpage.  Click HERE.
Other Resources:
PDF  Funding Your Education - The Guide to Federal Student Aid 
PDF  The Financial Aid Process from ISAC (Illinois Student Assistance Commission)
PDF  The Financial Aid Toolkit - Find federal student aid information and outreach tools

PDF  Financial Aid Questions to Ask - From the Associated Colleges of the Midwest


PDF  Financial Aid Table (current, courtesy of John Hammond, Wheeling HS)

PDF  Funding Your Education - The Guide to Federal Student Aid