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August 8, 2018 - Need student loans? FAFSA now has an app - Americans will finally be able to apply for federal financial aid on their phones.
The Department of Education has created an app that students can use to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, known as the FAFSA.

August 6, 2018 - Community leaders unite for ISAC conference to support college and career readiness - The recent Illinois Student Assistance Commission's (ISAC) "College Changes Everything" conference brought together more than 500 educators, government, business and non-profit leaders to share their insights on how to better support college and career readiness in Illinois students.

August 2, 2018 - Illinois Explores Partnerships to Support College and Career Readiness - Why do students choose not to pursue college, or drop out of college, even when they are provided with significant college counseling, external encouragement, and assistance in accessing financial aid? Mandy Savitz-Romer, Ph.D., director of the Harvard Graduate School of Education master’s program in Prevention Science and Practice and senior lecturer in education, provided some crucial answers to that question in her keynote to 500 educators, government, business and non-profit leaders attending the College Changes Everything (CCE) Conference on July 19th in Tinley Park.

July 10, 2018 - How to Prepare for Rising Student Loan Interest Rates: Taking out federal student loans just became even more expensive. - Federal student loan interest rates just went up again for the second year in a row. Interest rates for student loans borrowed under the Department of Education's direct program rose by 0.6 percent for the 2018-2019 school year.

June 18, 2018 - College Students: Read The Fine Print In The MAP Bill - Illinois has struggled for decades to persuade high school graduates to stay in-state for college. The recent two-year budget impasse only made things worse. Now, a group of lawmakers has a plan to reverse the trend, starting with the state’s Monetary Award Program.

June 14, 2018 - Statewide program to provide merit-based aid - As part of an effort to curtail the number of Illinois high school students leaving the state for college, the Illinois general assembly passed the AIM HIGH Grant Pilot Program, which will provide $25 million in merit-based aid to be matched by Illinois public universities.

June 1, 2018 - $38.5 billion state budget includes big wins for UI, students - A new grant program for middle-income college students, $500 million for a University of Illinois-led research initiative based in Chicago and a 2 percent budget increase for higher education — all good news after three years of funding cuts and budget stalemates, state university officials said Thursday.

May 30, 2018 - New slate of higher-ed bills include MAP, merit grant reforms - Illinois lawmakers unveiled a package of six bills Tuesday aimed at reversing the flow of students to out-of-state colleges and universities.

May 23, 2018 - Eligible for financial aid, nearly a million students never get it: States run out of money and aspiring low-income college students feel the pain - Last year alone, more than 900,000 low-income students who applied for and were found eligible for state financial aid for college never received it, because states ran out of money, according to a new analysis of state data by The Hechinger Report.

May 11, 2018 Money talks, and Illinois students walk - Financial aid is playing an increasingly important role in luring record numbers of Illinois high school graduates to colleges in nearby states in an intensifying Midwest battle for students....
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May 5, 2018 - Public universities can’t get past the lingering effects of state budget crisis - Eastern Illinois University’s legislative liaison Katie Anselment had some strong words for legislators during an Illinois Senate Higher Education Committee hearing last week.

Anselment testified against a bill that would create a pilot program to allow a Downstate community college to offer nursing bachelor’s degrees. The four-year universities view this legislation as a dangerous slippery slope toward turning community colleges into full-on competitors.

March 19, 2018 - Two-time winner of “Most Effective IT Team” is getting kids in college - ISAC has been around for 60 years and has sucessfully attracted new tech talent and has won Most Effective IT Team award for the second time, being the first state agency to do so.

March 19, 2018 - Illinois Student Assistance Commission receives IT award from industry group - For the second time in three years, the CompTIA Association of Information Technology Professionals’ (AITP) Chicago chapter recognized the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC), designating it as the area’s most effective IT team.

March 09, 2018 - In Amazon race, Illinois' trump card is its university system - Chicago has been chosen as one of 20 cities under consideration as the site of Amazon HQ2, the second act to Seattle's first headquarters, and a sweepstakes payoff of 50,000 jobs and a $5 billion investment for the selected city.
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February 15, 2018 - Possible pension shift concerns local education leaders - Under the budget plan announced by Gov. Bruce Rauner on Wednesday, school districts and public community colleges and universities would have to pick up pension costs currently covered by the state.

February 12, 2018 - Scholarships Available To Minority Students Pursuing Teaching Degrees - The Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) is urging minority students enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate teaching program to apply for available scholarship money.

February 7, 2018 - Higher Ed Board Makes A 'Modest' Request - After years of cuts and chronic underfunding, state higher education officials voted yesterday to make a modest request for next year’s budget.

February 6, 2018 In split vote, state higher education board sends $3.47B budget proposal to Springfield - Members of the Illinois Board of Higher Education narrowly voted Tuesday to send a $3.47 billion spending plan to the state legislature, a decision that followed weeks of debate questioning how the state’s public institutions can best move forward from two years of severe budget strain.
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January 5, 2018 - What You Need to Know About Filing the FAFSA for 2018 - If you’re headed to college this fall and you haven’t filled out an application for federal financial aid, you might want to complete it soon.

January 2, 2018 - State plans to offer more ways to gain high school equivalency - There could be other ways to earn your high school equivalency certificate in Illinois than passing a test in 2018.

To date, ISAC’s 2018-19 State Scholar announcement has appeared in over 60 media outlets

January 1, 2018 - Commission names area Illinois state scholars - The Illinois Student Assistance Commission has recognized a number of Pantagraph-area high school students named 2018-19 state scholars for their outstanding academic achievement.