State Assistance

  • Monetary Award Program

    • The college is approved for the State of Illinois Monetary Award Program (MAP), which is administered by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission.
    • The grant is need-based.
    • The maximum award for 2023/2024 is $8,400 (Awards are subject to Illinois General Assembly approval).
    • All awards are paid directly to the college and must be applied toward tuition and mandatory fees only.
    • A FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) the federal aid need analysis form must be filed for eligibility to be determined. (Effective Fall 2004, MAP awards will be calculated using credit hours of MAP benefits paid.)
    • The priority deadline date to be considered eligible for a MAP grant is November 15th.  If possible, please file your FAFSA by November 15th in order to maximiize your financial aid opportunities.
  • Illinois State Nursing Education Scholarship Program

    • The program provides scholarships to qualified individuals pursuing a degree in nursing.
    • Applicant must be a legal Illinois resident.
    • Determined to have financial need. Other criteria may also apply. Applications will be sent to qualifying students.
    • Scholarship recipients must begin full or part-time employment as a licensed registered nurse in Illlinois within six months of graduating .
    • Full-time Students: Tuition/Fees up to $12,369 per year
      Living Stipend: $5,020 per year
    • Part-time Students: Tuition/Fees up to $12,369 per year
      Eligibility for tuition/fees and the livinng stipend will be prorated based on hours of enrollment.  Graduate students are not eligible for the living stipend.
    • To be considered for funds for the 2023/2024 academic year, the NESP Application/Promissory Note/Grant Agreement must be submitted to the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) on or before April 30, 2023.   Applications can be found at  ISAC
  • Upward Mobility Program

    • The program is offered to State of Illinois employees, covered under the State Personnel Code, for the purpose of pursing a different job title.
    • Recipients may receive tuition at private colleges and universities up to the highest per credit hour rate charged by public state institutions for no more than two courses in any given enrollment period.

    For more information, please contact:

    Upward Mobility Program, Project Coordinator
    503 Stratton Office Building
    Springfield, IL 62706
    Phone: (800) 442-1300 ext. 6

  • Veterans

  • Please visit our Veterans  page for more information.

  • Workforce Investments Act (Title 1B) Program

    • Career Link, a division of the United Workforce Development Board (UWDB), entered into an agreement with the State of Illinois to operate the Career Link Program for counties of Fulton, Mason, McLean and Tazewell. For the counties of Peoria, Woodford, Marshall and Stark, interested students should contact Workforce Network. The College of Nursing signed an agreement for the enrollment of these participants.
    • Applicant referrals may be eligible for tuition, fees, books and supplies assistance.
    • Interested students should contact Career Link located in their respective county for more information. The numbers for Workforce Network are: Peoria County (309) 999-4592, Marshall County (309) 364-4120, Stark County (309) 301-4043 and Woodford County (309) 467-2800.
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