ISAC in the News
June 15, 2021 - ‘Illinois students will always have a voice’: General Assembly passes measure to extend term limits for ISAC student commissioners - Legislation passes both state houses that would ensure that student voices will still be heard in Illinois, past their expiration date. It only requires the governor’s signature.
June 15, 2021 - Heartland Forward Launches Statewide Campaign to Help Illinois Families Access Federal Broadband Assistance Program - Heartland Forward today joined federal, state and local collaborators in unveiling a public awareness campaign to help connect Illinoisans to affordable internet through the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) program.
March 31, 2021 - Pritzker, education advocates release resource guide to help districts support students, teachers - Many parents and teachers know students struggled to meet the challenge of learning during a pandemic. The Pritzker administration hopes $7 billion in federal funding can help support kids returning to a "normal" classroom setting.
March 31, 2021 - Biden extiende la suspensión de intereses en préstamos estudiantiles - Eddie Brambila, de la Comisión de Asistencia Estudiantil de Illinois (ISAC), explica cuáles personas califican para los beneficios anunciados por el gobierno, en una entrevista con Univisión Chicago.
March 25, 2021 - ¿Vives en Chicago? Conoce opciones y recursos para estudiantes que quieran ingresar a la universidad - Abel Montoya, director de alcance comunitario en Illinois Student Assistance Comission, asegura que los jóvenes "deben saber que hay métodos para conseguir dinero y pagar sus estudios superiores". Montoya habla de los fondos disponibles tanto para estudiantes que nacieron en Estados Unidos como para los que no.
March 20, 2021 - Quedan alrededor de $11,000 sin reclamar en ayudas estudiantiles - En subsidios federales, como la Pell Grant, se están dejando hasta $6,345 sin reclamar. Por otro lado, en subsidios estatales, se dejan hasta $5,340.
March 18, 2021 - With Illinois Financial Aid Applications Down, Campaign Urges Students To Apply - According to the Illinois Student Assistance Commission, overall FAFSA completion is down nearly 5% compared to this time last year, and applications are down by about 7% among students who are eligible for the state’s Monetary Award Program (MAP) grants, which are given to low-income students who attend approved Illinois colleges.
March 16, 2021 - Koehler celebrates “Rock the FAFSA” week - State Senator Dave Koehler (D-Peoria) is celebrating the Illinois State Board of Education’s “Rock the FAFSA” week in an effort to encourage students in the 46th District and across the state to take advantage of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.
March 16, 2021 - Watch now: Here's why Illinois high school seniors must fill out student aid form - To give sign-up efforts a boost, the Illinois Student Assistance Commission, in partnership with the Illinois State Board of Education and the governor’s office, is sponsoring “Rock the FAFSA” this week, to increase awareness of the importance of completing a FAFSA.
March 10, 2021 - Illinois students: Here's how to get free help with the FAFSA - March 15-19 is Rock the FAFSA week, when schools are encouraged to set up virtual workshops or in-person events to help students complete the paperwork, in partnership with the state commission.
March 10, 2021 - Pritzker signs education equity bill into law - House Bill 2170, known as the Education and Workforce Equity Act, contains more than 20 provisions aimed at decreasing racial gaps in opportunity and attainment that currently persist in the state’s education system.
February 17, 2021 - Pritzker budget plan keeps spending flat, closes $900 million in 'corporate loopholes' - Gov. JB Pritzker on Wednesday proposed a $41.58 billion state budget for the next fiscal year that relies on more than $900 million in savings from the elimination of “corporate loopholes,” relatively flat spending overall, increases for some programs, no income-tax increase and a second year of skipping a recommended $350 million boost for the school aid formula.
January 12, 2021 - Illinois legislators pass sweeping education measure that is one pillar of Black Caucus’ agenda - Both chambers of the Illinois General Assembly on Monday passed the Legislative Black Caucus’ broad education proposal that makes changes to statewide education laws from early to higher education.
January 12, 2021 - ISAC provides free assistance for students completing financial aid applications - Helping to ensure that more Illinois students have the funds to follow a path to education after high school has become increasingly difficult in the midst of a pandemic.
January 8, 2021 - ¿Qué esfuerzos se están realizando en Illinois para que los jóvenes logren acceder a la educación superior? - Abel Montoya, miembro de la Comisión de Asistencia Estudiantil, señala que están tratando de llegar a todas las comunidades con el fin de que los alumnos llenen el formulario de FAFSA y así puedan aplicar a una ayuda financiera, tanto federal como estatal, que les permita seguir avanzando en su formación académica y profesional.