Grants are a great resource to help you pay for your education. Most types of grants, unlike loans, generally do not have to be repaid.

Federal Pell Grant

The Federal Pell grant is the foundation for a student’s financial aid package. This grant is available to students with the lowest expected family contributions as determined by the Federal Government when the FAFSA is submitted.

This grant is only available to students who have not yet earned a bachelor’s degree. However, this grant is available to students who are enrolled in less than six credit hours at ICC.

Federal regulations require that Illinois Central College specify a date each semester to finalize Pell grant eligibility. If you add classes after the dates indicated below, your eligibility will not increase.*

* These dates also apply to late starting classes.

Classes dropped on or before or added after these dates do not count toward Pell grant eligibility. For example, if you are enrolled in 6 credit hours (half-time) on September 1 then add 6 more credit hours on September 2 (increasing your enrollment to full-time) you will only receive aid for half-time enrollment.

Please note that if you don’t begin attending classes, stop attending classes, or withdraw from the college after the dates indicated above, you may be required to repay some of your financial aid. Please contact the Financial Assistance Office before adding or dropping classes to verify the impact on your financial aid package.

Find Your Pell Award Amount

Find your EFC and financial aid eligible credit hours in the table; then you can determine your Pell award amount using the payment schedule. (PDF)

Enrollment:12+ Hours9-11.5 Hours6-8.5 Hours0.5-5.5 Hours
Pell Grant Amount:Full Time3/4 Time1/2 Time<1/2 Time
PELL Award table based on enrollment

Are You in an Applied Science or Certificate Program?

If you are enrolled in applied science and certificate programs, especially if your program is nontraditional for your gender, you may qualify for financial assistance and support through Special Academic Services. Supports include grants and loans.

View Special Academic Services

Additional Grants

You may be qualified for other kinds of grants, explained below. Read the following carefully; each section contains detailed information on eligibility and requirements.

Financial Assistance

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