Displaced Energy Worker Dependent Transition Scholarship Program – Application Now Available
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How to Apply – Submit 2022-23 application by June 15
Changes to Application Data
How Funds Are Disbursed
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 a period equal to one calendar year, including a summer term, for undergraduate or graduate study.
To be eligible, you must:
- be a U.S. citizen or an eligible non-citizen or meet the “undocumented student” criteria of the RISE Act;
- 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 (the reduced operation or closure must have occurred on or after September 15, 2016);
- 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;
- 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;
- maintain satisfactory academic progress, as determined by your college; and
- establish satisfactory repayment arrangements if you are in default on any federal student loan.
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 cost of tuition and fees at the institution.
How to Apply – Application Now Available
The 2022-23 Displaced Energy Worker Dependent Transition Scholarship Program application is completed and submitted online via the Program Applications & Status Checks area of the Student Portal. As part of the process of submitting the application to ISAC via the ISAC Student Portal, you must upload proof of the displaced energy worker's loss of employment due to the reduced operation or closure of a fossil fuel power plant or coal mine that occurred on or after September 15, 2016 (specific instructions are provided with the application). While an application must be submitted each academic year in order to apply for the scholarship, the "Displaced Energy Worker's Biographical Information" portion of the application needs to be completed only on the initial application. Once eligibility has been established for one member of a family, it is established for all qualified applicants in the family.
The 2022-23 application, which allows students to apply for awards to cover the entire 2022-23 academic year, must be submitted on or before June 15, 2023. In future years, separate deadline dates by which applications must be submitted will be established for each term.
You must use a Wi-Fi-enabled desktop or laptop computer to complete the application (it cannot be completed using a tablet or mobile device).
ISAC 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.
Changes to Application Data
Only one application for this program may be submitted per academic year. Consequently, if you need to change your response(s) to any item(s) and/or update any information after the application has been submitted, you will need to provide the information to ISAC. Examples of items that may need to be updated include demographic information (i.e., name, address, telephone number, etc.), your college of record and the impacted terms (e.g., full year, or fall or spring semester). These changes can be submitted to ISAC using one of the below methods, but cannot be done over the telephone.
- via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
- via FAX to 847.831.8549
- via letter to ISAC Dept D, 1755 Lake Cook Road, Deerfield, IL 60015-5209
The request must include the last four digits of your Social Security number (for identification purposes) and clearly state what change(s) need to be made. These changes will not affect the application "received date." In order to allow adequate processing time and prevent a loss of benefits, changes to your college of record should to be reported prior to the beginning of the applicable term(s).
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.
Note that ISAC routinely updates this section as new information becomes available. Be sure to check back periodically for the current processing status.
For the 2022-23 Academic Year
(last updated on February 22, 2023):
The 2022-23 Displaced Energy Worker Dependent Transition Scholarship Program application (fillable PDF) may be completed and submitted online via the Program Applications & Status Checks area of the ISAC Student Portal. As part of the process of submitting the application to ISAC via the ISAC Student Portal, applicants must upload proof of the displaced energy worker's loss of employment due to the reduced operation or closure of a fossil fuel power plant or coal mine that occurred on or after September 15, 2016. While an application must be submitted each academic year in order to apply for the scholarship, the "Displaced Energy Worker's Biographical Information" portion of the application needs to be completed only on the initial application. Once eligibility has been established for one member of a family, it is established for all qualified applicants in the family.
To be considered for funds during the 2022-23 academic year, the application must be submitted to ISAC on or before Thursday, June 15, 2023.
Correspondence regarding the status of your application will be mailed to you after the date your application is received at ISAC.