Financial Aid

May 17, 2018

The Federal Department of Education has increased the amount of Pell Grant available for summer semester. Students who attended Kishwaukee College full time during the Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 semester may be eligible for Pell funding if enrolled in at least six credits this summer. The Federal Pell Grant Program provides need-based grants to low-income undergraduate students.

Cynthia Stonesifer, Director of Financial Aid and Veterans Affairs, enthused, “Taking summer classes is a great way to accelerate the time it takes to complete your degree or program. Many students will have increased eligibility for the Pell grant in the summer. We are hopeful that they will take advantage of this opportunity.”

Students may have summer Pell eligibility for the amount of their full-time eligibility for one semester. For example: If the student was awarded a full-time Pell grant of $4000 for the year -- $2000 each semester, they would now be eligible for up to another $2000 in the summer if enrolled in 12 credits and $1000 if enrolled in 6 credits. All other eligibility requirements stay the same.

Additionally, as in previous years, students who did not use all of their Pell Grant in the 2017-2018 school year may use their remaining Pell towards summer classes, no minimum credits required.

To apply for the Federal Pell Grant Program, file a 2017-18 FAFSA at After a student’s FAFSA is processed and student is registered for summer courses at Kishwaukee College, the Financial Aid Office will determine the amount of Pell Grant student is eligible to receive.

Stonesifer explained, “We recommend that students check their myKC self-service or their summer award, after they register. This is a manual process, so we only award those who register. Students can stop in the office to speak with someone to get an estimate of what they may receive prior to registering.” The Financial Aid Office will update student’s financial award letter, which Kish students may view in myKC under Self-Service Financial Aid.

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September 29, 2017

Cyndi Stonesifer, Director of Financial Aid at Kishwaukee College, wants to remind area residents that the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) filing date will open on October 1. She stated. “For anyone planning to attend Kishwaukee College or any other college or university in the 2018 - 2019 academic year, the filing date will open on October 1, 2017.”

The FAFSA is the basic building block of all financial aid packaging for college students across the U.S. Filing the FAFSA is the first step in determining what federal or state financial aid a student is eligible for, including Pell Grants, Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (SEOG) Federal Direct Student Loans and the Illinois Monetary Award Program (MAP Grants). Filing early may qualify a student for funding from a wider variety of financial aid sources. The Illinois MAP grant, for example, has a limited amount of funds to award and is dispersed in a “first come, first served” format, making filing the FAFSA early a necessity in qualifying for MAP funds.

Stonesifer added, “The 2018-19 FAFSA will use information from the 2016 Tax Forms – forms that were completed and filed six months ago. In addition, it allows students to easily use the IRS Retrieval Tool which automatically links the filed tax forms with the FAFSA form. It makes filing for FAFSA a lot easier.”

Kishwaukee College is planning to hold its annual FAFSA Completion Night on October 24 from 6 – 7:00p.m. in Room A1345 at the College. Stonesifer added, “The local high schools in our district have done a great job getting the word out about the FAFSA filing date, but I want to make sure that all students are aware of the change in filing date.”

The FAFSA Completion Night allows students and their parents an opportunity to fill out the FAFSA form with assistance from financial aid professionals from Kishwaukee College and high school guidance counselors from Kishwaukee Educational Consortium (KEC). Any student who would like assistance is welcome to attend the FAFSA Completion Night.

Students should bring their 2016 income information, including their 2016 Federal Tax information or Federal 1040 tax forms (if filed) or W-2 forms.  Students and parents should know their social security numbers and driver’s license or alien registration numbers. Prior to attending the FAFSA Completion Night, students filing the FAFSA for the first time and parents should go to to create their Federal Student Aid ID (FSA ID) which is required to submit the FAFSA electronically.

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