Financial Assistance

Federal and State Programs, Scholarships, and Tuitions Rates

The Financial Assistance Office makes every effort to assist students who need financial help while attending college. Students and their families are encouraged to visit the Financial Assistance Office to determine eligibility for State and Federal programs. These programs are briefly outlined in the following paragraphs.

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State of Illinois Programs

Monetary Award Program (MAP)

This Program provides need-based grants for undergraduate students to help pay tuition. The student must meet Illinois residency requirements. Students apply for the MAP grant when they complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form. Eligibility restrictions apply to students who file their FAFSA after application deadlines established each year by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission. Award amounts and established deadlines for this grant are subject to change based upon state appropriations. Eligibility for a MAP grant is tracked by the equivalent number of quarter credit hours of MAP benefits paid on student’s behalf (MAP Paid Credit Hours). There is a limit of 75 MAP Paid Credit Hours that can be paid while students are classified as a freshman or sophomore. If this maximum is reached, students must attain junior status for their MAP grant eligibility to resume. The maximum number of MAP Paid Credit Hours is capped at 135.

Federal Programs

Federal Pell Grant Program

The Federal Pell Grant is an award for undergraduate students. Eligibility is determined by the Department of Education using a standard formula to evaluate the information submitted on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The amount of the Federal Pell Grant award varies from year-to-year depending on annual government appropriations and student eligibility. A student can receive a Federal Pell Grant for no more than six years.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant Program (SEOG)

The Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant is for undergraduate students with exceptional financial need. Priority is given to Federal Pell Grant recipients when awarding this grant. The maximum Federal SEOG award a Midstate College student can receive varies according to award year allocations and the number of classes for which the student is scheduled.

Federal Work Study Program (FWS)

This program provides employment for students who need financial help. FWS gives students a chance to earn money to help pay for their educational expenses. Like other Federal programs, students must demonstrate financial need to be considered for employment opportunities. Work hours are usually limited to 10 hours per week per student. Positions are available both on- and off-campus. Positions off-campus are limited to non-profit organizations performing a service in the community.

Direct Loan Program (Subsidized)

The Direct Loan Program provides a maximum loan of $3,500.00 per academic year during the student’s freshman level and $4,500.00 per academic year for the sophomore level. Junior and senior loans are available at a maximum of $5,500.00 per academic year. The eligibility to receive this loan is determined by completion of the FAFSA. The student must be attending at least half-time. Application forms are available through the Financial Assistance Office. The Financial Assistance Office will determine each student’s eligibility for loan amounts based on the cost of attendance and the amounts of other financial aid available to the student.

Direct Loan Program (Unsubsidized)

This loan program is for borrowers who do not show need for interest subsidies under the existing Direct Loan Program. The eligibility conditions are the same as the subsidized Direct Loan Program. The Federal government does not pay an in-school interest subsidy on the unsubsidized Direct Loan. Like the subsidized loan, applications are available through the Financial Assistance Office.

Direct PLUS Loan Program

Direct PLUS loans are for parents who want to borrow to help pay for their dependent child’s education. The Financial Assistance Office can supply interested students or their parents with more information and applications for this loan program.

Repeat Enrollment

Federal and State regulations allow the use of student aid funds for one repeat enrollment of a previously passed course. This applies when the original attempt at the course was paid for by financial aid. Federal and State regulations state a passing grade for purposes of the regulations is any grade higher than an “F”. This regulation applies regardless of any program policy requiring a higher grade.

Midstate College Scholarships

Merit-Transfer Scholarship—Award of up to $2000 for First Year of Enrollment at Midstate College

The Scholarship Committee will award a scholarship to deserving students who have earned an associate degree at Midstate College or from another accredited institution and are entering a bachelor degree program. Applicants must meet the standards which have been established by the Scholarship Committee on a continuing basis throughout their first four quarters of a bachelor degree at Midstate College. Scholarships will be awarded on a first come first serve basis. The scholarship will be prorated for enrollment at a less than full-time basis. The Admissions Representative will supply the prospective applicant with the application form.

First-Time, Full-Time Scholarship—$1000 Annually for up to 4 years for Bachelor Degree and 2 years for Associate Degree

Midstate College invites first-time, full-time students to apply for the First-Time, Full-Time Student Scholarship. Students must enroll for the first time in the Fall Term to be eligible. We believe that a college education can be an essential tool in providing opportunities for people to achieve their dreams, and we are looking to reward students who share this same belief. Scholarship recipients will be selected and notified by the scholarship panel. Scholarship will be awarded $250 per quarter for a maximum of four consecutive quarters each year, for up to four years. The Admissions Representative will supply the prospective applicant with the application form.

High School Graduate Scholarship—$1000 for First Year of Enrollment

Midstate College invites all high school seniors and recent graduates to apply (within one year of high school graduation) for the High School Graduate Scholarship. We believe that a college education can be an essential tool in providing opportunities for people to achieve their dreams, and we are looking to reward students who share this same belief. Scholarship recipients will be selected and notified by the scholarship panel. The Scholarship to be awarded is for $250 per quarter for a maximum of four consecutive quarters based on full-time enrollment. The scholarship will be prorated for enrollment at a less than full-time basis. The Admissions Representative will supply the prospective applicant with the application form.

Entrance Exam Excellence Scholarship—$1000 for First Year of Enrollment

In an effort to reward applicants whose entrance examination results show a composite score of 71 or higher, Midstate College will award the Entrance Exam Excellence Scholarship. Scholarship recipients will be selected and notified by the scholarship panel. The scholarship to be awarded is for $250 per quarter for a maximum of four consecutive quarters based on full-time enrollment. The scholarship will be prorated for enrollment at a less than full-time basis. The Admissions Representative will supply the prospective applicant with the application form.

Alumni Immediate Family Scholarship—$1000 for First Year of Enrollment

Midstate College has always maintained a family atmosphere for its faculty, staff, and students and would like for this to be a continued tradition. Scholarship recipients will be selected and notified by the scholarship panel. This scholarship will be awarded at $250 per quarter for a maximum of four consecutive quarters based on full-time enrollment. The scholarship will be prorated for enrollment at a less than full-time basis. The Admissions Representative will supply the prospective applicant with the application form.

Other Scholarship Opportunities

Other financial aid is available through scholarships offered by community and civic organizations, as well as private businesses and corporations. As these scholarships become available, the Financial Assistance Office will make announcements regarding amounts and eligibility requirements. Students are also encouraged to investigate scholarship opportunities available in their own communities and use Internet-based scholarship searches. Midstate College also works closely with many county and state agencies that provide financial assistance to students who qualify under the guidelines of each individual agency.

G.I. Bill of Rights

Selected degree and diploma courses are approved for training under the G.I. Bill by the State Approving Agency. Veterans with disabilities are accepted upon recommendation of the veteran’s counselor.

Contact the Financial Assistance Department

If you have any questions please contact the Financial Assistance Office at:

Midstate College
Attn: Financial Assistance
411 W. Northmoor Road
Peoria, IL 61614-3558
Email: FinancialAid@midstate.edu
Phone: 309.692.4092
Toll Free: 800.251.4299