Illinois State Financial Aid: Grants & Scholarships

The Land of Lincoln offers financial aid opportunities to Illinois residents including grants and scholarship programs.


The first step to an affordable college education is filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, FAFSA®. This financial aid application determines student eligibility for federal student loans, grants (including the Pell grant), work-study programs, and scholarships.

Apply for Illinois State Financial Aid

Minority Teachers of Illinois (MTI) Scholarship Program

This scholarship offers up to $5,000 per year for candidates who qualify and are looking to teach in a minority school. To receive this award you must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a U.S. Citizen
  • Resident of Illinois
  • Be a minority student of either African American/Black, Hispanic American, Asian American or Native American origin
  • Enrolled in at least half-time status
  • GPA of at least 2.5


Golden Apple Scholars of Illinois

For those that are academically talented and in pursuit of a teaching career, this scholarship offers up to $2,500 for freshmen and sophomore students and up to $5,000 for juniors and seniors. Here are the criteria to meet:

  • Be a U.S. Citizen
  • Resident of Illinois
  • Enroll in a participating school
  • Maintain a GPA of higher than 2.5
  • Agree to all terms and agreements of the Golden Apple Scholar Foundation

To apply, all students must file the FAFSA®, award amounts are determined by the student’s college or university. Students must make sure they renew their scholarship each year, for a maximum of 4 years in awards.

Find more information on Illinois state financial aid.


Have more questions about Illinois state financial aid or the FAFSA®? We’re here for you. You can reach the Frank financial aid experts via email at or text us at (347) 690-7886.

Good luck!