CHICAGO – As College Changes Everything Month in Illinois draws to a close, state Rep. Kam Buckner, D-Chicago, is highlighting financial aid planning resources available for prospective college students and their families.
“Navigating the college application and financial aid process can be a stressful time for students and their families and the pandemic is not making the process any easier,” Buckner said. “There are free resources available for students and their families to navigate the financial aid process whether that student is seeking a bachelor’s degree, associate’s degree or vocational training.”
Throughout the fall, the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) is providing free virtual financial aid tools for students and families. Families and students can find a list of virtual events by visiting studentportal.isac.org/events. Additional tools available include:
- The ISACorp initiative which gives 1-on-1 assistance to students at isac.org
- Free assistance via text messaging. Students and families can view a local number to text at isac.org/collegeqa.
- Online chat assistance available at ISAC’s student portal at isac.org.
- Assistance through the ISAC call center at 800-899-ISAC (800-899-4722).
“A college degree can have a profound impact and open the door to many new and exciting opportunities, but the college application process, including apply for financial aid, can wear down students and families,” said Buckner. “Fortunately, our state offers free resources in a variety of forms to help students and their families whether a student is seeking vocational education or a traditional degree path.”