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College Awareness & Preparation

College Awareness & Preparation (CAP) is a comprehensive effort of the Illinois Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (ILASFAA), Inc., the Illinois Association for College Admission Counseling (IACAC) and the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC). Formerly known as Financial Aid Admission/Awareness Month (FAAM), CAP strives to fulfill its mission through a series of workshops, seminars and statewide support with partners from all sectors of education in the State of Illinois.


The mission of the College Awareness & Preparation (CAP) Committee is to provide the people of Illinois with practical, timely and accurate information on the college process. Its work will focus on improving student, family and community awareness of the wide range of college financial aid opportunities and more generally, the college selection and admission process. The Committee will make services and outreach available to nontraditional, under-served and under-represented populations a particular emphasis of its work.

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In conjunction with CAP, College Goal Sunday (CGS) is an effort that "helps students and families who need assistance in completing the financial aid forms....."  CGS - typically held a week or two after Super Bowl Sunday - has grown into a nationwide volunteer program and is now active in several states as a result of the work of the  Lumina Foundation for Education.  Learn more about CGS by clicking on the icon to the right, or on the links below.  Check the Calendar of Events for CGS events being held in Illinois. Financial aid professionals, high school guidance counselors and those wishing to volunteer can contact the Illinois State CGS Coordinator:

Ms. Janet Ingargiola, MSEd
Director, Student Financial Aid & Veterans' Educational Benefits
Danville Area Community College
Danville, IL 61832 (preferred method)

Click here for the Events Calendar, including College Goal Sunday Events.

For information specific to your needs for College Awareness & Preparation, choose the proper link(s) below. If paper registration forms are required, e-mail the CGS committee at

Students and Parents