JB Pritzker, Governor, State of Illinois


Students & Parents

Created especially for students of every age who are looking for information about going to college, this area of our website has all your answers. Although it was written with students in mind, parents of college-bound students will find this information helpful, too.  Plus, there’s a link below for parent-specific topics.

ISAC Student Portal

College Scholarship Search

The ISAC Student Portal is where you’ll apply for many of ISAC’s programs. There are also tools to keep track of college planning deadlines, and your ISAC program benefits, help calculate potential financial aid, and compare financial aid offers.

The Student Portal can also help you with college and scholarship searches, financial aid planning, money management and career and job searches.  

Before College

If you’re considering college or already making plans to go, Before College is where you’ll find the information to get started. You can research colleges and careers, learn about the college admission process and get help in choosing the school that’s right for you. This is also where we explain how and when to take the first step in the financial aid process by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®). Meet our ISACorps members, deployed across the state and offering free presentations and one-on-one assistance for students and families navigating the college-going and financial aid process.

During College

During College is where you'll learn about ways to pay for college, including through the programs administered by ISAC. ISAC program applications are located in this area, as well as detailed information about the available grant, scholarship and loan programs.

After College

Use After College to help make the transition from college to career. Get tips on finding a job and establishing a budget, and learn how to start the process of paying back your students loans and fulfilling the commitments attached to scholarships and/or grants you may have received.


The Parents area supplements the three sections listed above by providing parent-specific information that will assist you as you help your child navigate the college process.


En esta sección encontrarás la información en español que necesitas para ingresar a la universidad, recursos de ayuda financiera, entender los pasos en cómo solicitar para la ayuda financiera para pagar la universidad.

Student & Parent Quick Links