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ISAC, Your Family, and Education:
Start the conversation about college today

Did you know…

…some of the most important steps in preparing for college take place before 4th grade?

…ISAC can help families start planning for college no matter how young (or how old) the student?

…college is possible, no matter your family income or academic situation?

…many families fail to plan for college because they mistakenly think they cannot afford it?

…adults without a high school diploma have an unemployment rate (11.7%), three times higher than those with a bachelor’s degree or higher credential (3.9%), while the unemployment rate for adults with just a high school diploma is two times higher (8.0%)?

…ISAC is a full-service college access state agency, and since 1957 has been administering need-based grant and scholarship programs, distributing over $370 million in 2012, in addition to offering a pre-paid tuition program, and providing one-on-one guidance for students and their families?

The Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) is hosting events across the state to inform families of the many programs and services available to help plan, prepare, and pay for college for students at all age ranges.  Each event will have the following concurrent workshop sessions:

  • a performance showing children the importance of going to college for a better future. Students will help create the performance as well as partake in a number of activities to engage their own personal interests. (Recommended for elementary school students)
  • an artistic expression exercise through which students will work on identifying who they are and what they want to be by creating personal narratives and developing dialogues centered on the uncertainties and struggles of preparing for college. (Two sessions – one recommended for middle school students and another for high school students)
  • a discussion with parents about key milestones on the path to higher education, including an overview of the financial aid process and easy, yet critical, steps you can take while your child is still young.

The events will take place from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. on the following dates and locations.

Click here to register for an event near you

  February 23  - University of Illinois Springfield

        March 2  - Black Hawk College

        March 9  - Illinois Central College - North Campus

      March 16  - Northern Illinois University,

Registration in the Heritage Room of the Holmes Student Center

      March 23  - Danville Area Community College,

Registration in the Lobby of the Bremer Center

        April 13  - Triton College,

Registration in Building B, Student Center at the Cafeteria Former Club 200

        April 20  - Southern Illinois University Edwardsville,

Registration at the Dogwood Room in the Morris University Center

        April 27  - Southeastern Illinois College,

Registration at the B building hallway, in front of the Harry L Crisp Student Center


For additional questions, please email or call 800-899-4722 extension 3843. Please do not call the host sites to register, cancel, or ask questions about events.