Financial Aid



Financial Aid

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Need-Based Awards for Students

Grants are awarded based on a student's financial need. They do not need to be repaid. Elmhurst students receive grants from the College itself and from the state and federal governments. To apply for a grant, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Elmhurst College Grants
Elmhurst offers students grants ranging in value from $1,000 to $24,600 per year. You must be a full time, degree-seeking student to receive a grant. The College has awarded grant aid to more than 1,600 current students in the 2017-18 academic year. 

State of Illinois Grants
Monetary Award Program (MAP)

The Illinois Student Assistance Commission administers grants from the state's Monetary Award Program (MAP). These grants range in value from $472 to $4,720 per year. To be considered for a MAP grant as a dependent student, a parent or guardian must live in Illinois. To be considered for a MAP grant as an independent student, a student must live in the state for the 12 months immediately prior to enrollment.

By applying for financial aid and agreeing to share that information with the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) you have been considered for the State of Illinois Monetary Award Program (MAP) Grant. If you were determined to meet the eligibility criteria for the MAP grant, an award is included on your award letter. This award may be an estimate made by the financial aid office and, if so, is identified as a "State of IL MAP Grant (Est). MAP grants are limited based on the number of applicants and funding levels appropriated by the Illinois General Assembly. Please be aware that in light of state funding constraints, reductions to estimated or actual MAP grants are possible.

Eligibility for a MAP grant is tracked by the equivalent number of semester credit hours of MAP benefits paid on your behalf. This is called MAP Paid Credit Hours. Payment for each term is being made according to the equivalent number of credit hours eligible for MAP payment, with a minimum of three and a maximum of 15 MAP Paid Credit Hours.

There is a limit on the number of MAP Paid Credit Hours that can be paid while you are classified by your school as a freshman and sophomore. This is the equivalent of 75 MAP Paid Credit Hours. If this maximum is reached, you must attain junior status for your MAP grant eligibility to resume. The maximum number of MAP Paid Credit Hours that can be received is capped at 135.

If a State of IL MAP Grant (Est) is not included in your award letter, you are not eligible for the grant at Elmhurst College.

17-18 MAP Rights & Responsibilities

Information about other states' educational assistance programs.

Federal Grants
Pell Grants
The U.S. Department of Education awards Pell Grants to students who demonstrate high financial need. These grants range in value from $626 to $5,775 per year. A student must be enrolled in his/her first undergraduate degree program to qualify.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (FSEOG)
FSEOG funds are a limited source of grant aid for students with the greatest financial need. Typically, awards range in value from $100 to $4,000 a year. To be eligible for FSEOG funds, a student must be receiving a Pell Grant and be enrolled full time.

More information about federal grants can be found on the Federal Student Aid website.

The Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education Grants (TEACH)
Elmhurst College offers this grant only to graduate students who are in the Early Childhood Special Education Program. Eligibility criteria include planning to teach in a high need field in a public or private elementary, middle or high school which serves low income students. TEACH Grant eligible students may receive up to $4,000 per academic year based on enrollment criteria. TEACH grant recipients must teach for at least four academic years within eight calendar years of completing or withdrawing from the TEACH grant eligible program. If the service requirement is not met, the TEACH Grant will convert to an unsubsidized Direct Loan, with interest accruing from the day that the TEACH Grant was disbursed. More information about TEACH grants can be found on the Federal Student Aid TEACH grant website



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