The state agency that administers the state’s need-based financial aid is hosting nearly 200 events this month, posted on the website of the Illinois Student Assistants Commission.
Executive director Eric Zarnkow says it’s especially important in uncertain economic times to get a quick start applying for funds.
Many of the events for this month are geared towards helping parents fill out so-called Free Application for Federal Student Aid or FAFSA forms. These are key to determining eligibility for an array of aid options.
Eligibility for state MAP grants that don’t have to be repaid is based on FAFSA applications. And last year, MAP-grant funds were essentially depleted by April.