JB Pritzker, Governor, State of Illinois

Displaced Energy Worker Dependent Transition Scholarship Program – Coming Soon

Below is information about the Displaced Energy Worker Dependent Transition Scholarship Program, anticipated to be launched later this year. This page will be updated when the application is available, and as more details about the program are finalized. When the application becomes available, students will be able to apply for awards to cover the entire 2022-23 academic year.

The Displaced Energy Worker Dependent Transition Scholarship Program provides scholarship assistance to children (including adopted and stepchildren) of eligible displaced energy workers. The program was designed to support students who are deterred from attending or completing an educational program at an Illinois institution because of a parent's layoff from a retiring power plant or a closing coal mine. The scholarship pays tuition and fee costs at public colleges or community colleges for one calendar year, for undergraduate or graduate study.

Eligibility

To be eligible, you must:

  • be a U.S. citizen or an eligible non-citizen;
  • the natural child, legally adopted child or stepchild of an energy worker who has lost employment due to the reduced operation or closure of a fossil fuel power plant or coal mine;
  • enrolled or accepted for enrollment, on a full- or part-time basis (at least 3 credit hours) at an Illinois public university or community college; and
  • in the absence of transition scholarship assistance, will be deterred by financial considerations from completing an educational program at the Illinois public university or community college of choice, as shown by there being unmet need in your financial aid package.

An applicant does not need to be a resident of Illinois at the time of enrollment, however, the award is limited to the cost of in-district and in-state tuition and fees. The award amount will not exceed the equivalent of the cost of one calendar year of full-time enrollment, including summer terms, at the University of Illinois.

How to Apply – Application Coming in the Fall

Once the application is available – anticipated for the fall of 2022 – it will be accessed via the Program Applications & Status Checks area of the Student Portal. The online application has built-in edits to prevent errors, and we will send immediate confirmation to your e-mail address that your application has been received. If your application, including required documentation, is incomplete, you will receive a letter from ISAC explaining the reason(s) and advising how to resolve the issue. Qualified applicants will be sent a Notice of Eligibility letter from ISAC.

Deadline dates, by which applications must be submitted, will be established for each term.

How Funds Are Disbursed

ISAC works with the college to disburse funds for this program. The college certifies student eligibility and then – after the application deadline has passed for each term – submits a payment request on behalf of the student. ISAC processes the payment request and submits the information to the State Comptroller’s Office. Dependent on the level of State of Illinois funding at the time of the request, the amount of time it takes for funds to arrive at the college can vary anywhere from a few weeks to a few months.

Depending on the college, students may be responsible for payment until program funds are received. Qualified applicants who are awaiting receipt of funds from this program should contact the Financial Aid Office or Business Office to determine the college's policy.