Reduce your college costs with grant funding. Grants are gift awards that do not need to be repaid. Most grants are awarded based on financial need.

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 grants range in value from $1,000 to $24,000 per year. You must be a full-time, degree-seeking student to receive an Elmhurst College grant. In most years, the College awards grant aid to more than 1,600 students.

Federal Grants

Pell Grants

The United States Department of Education awards Pell Grants to students who demonstrate significant financial need. These grants range in value from $606 to $5,920 per year. Students must be enrolled in their first undergraduate degree program to qualify.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (FSEOG)

FSEOG funds are awarded to 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.

State of Illinois Grants

Monetary Award Program (MAP)

MAP provides need-based grants to qualified Illinois residents attending approved Illinois colleges. Administered by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission, the program provides grants of up to $4,869 per year. To apply, submit the FAFSA. Funding is allocated on a first-come-first-served basis, so apply as early as possible.

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.

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