Grants and Scholarships

Federal Grants

  • Federal Pell Grant: For students pursuing their first undergraduate degree who qualify based on the federal formula. Awards range from $692 to $6,795.
  • Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG): For students who are eligible for the Federal Pell Grant and who have exceptional financial need. At IVCC these awards range from $250 to $500. Funding is limited.

Illinois State Grants

  • Monetary Award Program: Covers a portion of tuition and fees for eligible students registered 3 credit hours to 15 credit hours per semester. Award amount is based on the availability of state funds.
  • Illinois Veteran Grant: Full tuition for Illinois veterans.
  • Illinois National Guard Grant: Full tuition for Illinois National Guard personnel.

Illinois State Scholarships

  • Illinois MIA/POW Scholarship is available to any spouse, natural child, legally adopted child, or any step-child of an eligible veteran or service person who has been declared to be a prisoner of war, missing in action, has died as a result of a service-connected disability or was permanently disabled for service-connected causes with 100% disability and who at the time of entering service was an Illinois resident or was an Illinois resident within six months of entering such service.
  • Minority Teachers of Illinois Scholarship Program: Tuition scholarships of up to $5,000 per year to assist individuals of African American/Black, Hispanic American, Asian American or Native American origin who plan to become teachers at the preschool, elementary or secondary level.
  • Golden Apple Scholar: $2,500 to $10,000 to academically talented students, with a priority given to minority students, to pursue careers as public preschool, elementary and secondary school teachers in disciplines that have been designated as Teacher Shortage Disciplines in the State of Illinois.
  • Illinois Special Education Tuition Waiver Program: The Illinois Special Education Teacher Tuition Waiver Program encourages current teachers and academically talented students to pursue careers in any area of special education as a public, private or parochial preschool, elementary or secondary school teacher in Illinois. Recipients are exempt from paying tuition and fees at an eligible institution for up to four calendar years.

Additional information on Illinois State Scholarships and application deadlines is available from the College Illinois website at

IVCC Foundation Scholarships

Each year, more 200 students earn scholarships through the IVCC Foundation ranging in value from $500 to $4,500. Over the past five years alone, the Foundation has awarded over $1.4 million.

In all, more than 150 scholarships are available for students to apply for between December and early February. Scholarships are awarded for the following fall semester.

Awards are available in specific disciplines such as criminal justice, education, nursing, automotive, STEM and others. In addition, there are over 30 scholarships open to students in all programs of study.

The application and information is available online at by calling (815) 224-0551 or by stopping by the Foundation Office, C202. All applicants for Foundation Scholarships are required to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).