Apply for financial aid

FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is the first step to applying for financial aid.

Apply for Financial Aid

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the building block for your financial aid. Funding can pay for tuition, books and supplies and is available through the Department of Education and Illinois Students Assistance Commission.

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA): The FAFSA is the first step in applying for financial assistance from federal or state programs. Assistance could come in the form of grants, loans, work-study and scholarships depending on eligibility.

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Alternative Application for Financial Aid (Illinois Rise Act)

FAFSA Simplification Updates

Due to changes passed by the FAFSA Simplification Act, the 2024-25 FAFSA was delayed from the traditional October start date, but it is now available for Fall 2024, Spring 2025, and Summer 2025. During January 2024, the U.S. Department of Education will do routine maintenance on the FAFSA, so expect delays. FAFSA information will not be available to schools until the end of January 2024 or the beginning of February 2024. The Kish Financial Aid Department will begin importing this data beginning in March 2024 to be ready for Fall 2024 registration, which starts in April 2024.

If you wish to see how the FAFSA simplification changes impact your eligibility, you can use the Federal Student Aid Estimator to calculate your estimated Student Aid Index (SAI) and eligibility.

Simplification Update Changes

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