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Students in Need Scholarship

Are you and your parents Illinois Residents?

Have you completed your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)?

Did your Student Aid Report say that your EFC (Expected Family Contribution)* was less than $1,000?

If so, you may qualify for the Students in Need Scholarship.

GU is committed to helping students achieve their higher education dreams.
To qualify for this benefit students…

  • and parents must be Illinois residents and qualify for the MAP Grant (see below).
  • must complete the GU Admissions process.
  • must be PELL Grant eligible (see below); not having reached their lifetime limit on the PELL Grant.
  • must have an EFC under $1,000 as determined by their FAFSA.

If verification is required, an EFC of under $1,000 must be maintained after the verification process to qualify for tuition coverage. Transfers should closely check their MAP Grant qualifications. The Illinois Priority Map Grant Deadline for continuing students is December 1. If your FAFSA is completed after this date, your MAP grant will be determined by the availability of the state funding.

If you are not a resident of Illinois, and are a student in financial need, please contact GU’s admissions office at 800.345.4440.

*Your EFC is an index number that college financial aid staff use to determine how much financial aid you would receive if you were to attend their school. The EFC is calculated according to a formula established by the Department of Education. The formula uses your family's taxed and untaxed income, assets, and benefits (such as unemployment or Social Security) along with your family size and the number of family members who will attend college or career school during the year to determine your family’s Expected Family Contribution.

The Pell Grant is the largest federal grant program offered to undergraduates and is designed to assist students from low-income households. A Federal Pell Grant, unlike a loan, does not have to be repaid, except under certain circumstances. To qualify for a Pell Grant, a student’s EFC must be under $5,576 as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Financial Aid (FAFSA®) form.

The Illinois Monetary Award Program (MAP) is a grant program administered by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) and funded by the State of Illinois. MAP provides payment toward college tuition and mandatory fee costs at Illinois institutions that participate in the program. A student must have an EFC below $9,000 to qualify as determined by their FAFSA. They must apply before the MAP Grant deadlines as determined each year by ISAC.

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