The Financial Aid Process (1 hour)
This session outlines the financial aid process and provides insight on ways to maximize access to financial aid to help
pay for college. It introduces the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), summarizes state and federal aid
programs, and identifies trusted sources of information.
FAFSA Line-by-Line (2-3 hours)
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the form used to apply for most federal and state and many
institutional financial aid programs, including the Federal Pell Grant and the Illinois Monetary Award Program (MAP).
This workshop provides hands-on instruction on how to navigate through the FAFSA on the Web process. Individuals
will receive personalized assistance with and instruction on completing an actual FAFSA during the workshop, ideally
held in a computer lab. Individuals should bring income and asset information with them.
Verification/Professional Judgment (1 hour)
This session will cover the next steps after the FAFSA has been submitted including verification and professional
judgment. Attendees will learn about the common areas for verification and types of documentation that may be
requested by institutions. Furthermore, attendees will learn about the process of professional judgment used to
address special circumstances that a student and/or their family may be experiencing.
Packaging & Award Letters (1 hour)
Learn about the process of packaging students for financial aid and understanding award letters. Information in this
session can be used to assist students in making an informed college decision using the information from their college
Working with Special Student Populations (1 hour)
Certain groups of students require special considerations to best address their needs and concerns. Learn about ways to
support and work with students in the care of the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS), unaccompanied
homeless students, and undocumented students.