Scholarships and Financial Aid

Use the following helpful links in your college planning process. Check back frequently. Many items will be updated on a regular basis. Other items will be added to Counselor’s Corner as they become available.  

Rockford Lutheran Guidance Office Facebook Page. We post numerous scholarships that come our way, as well as information on upcoming college fairs, and other items of college information

FAFSA.gov The place to start for completing your FAFSA. (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). A requirement for virtually all colleges and universities.  Free.

FAFSA4caster – Use this link to try FAFSA4caster if you’re not ready to apply for federal student aid but you’d like an estimate of how much financial aid you might get. Free.

College Affordability and Transparency Center – A great tool for comparing college costs, majors, size, etc.  Free.

Collegegreenlight.com   Resources for first generation and under-represented students. Free.

Fastweb The “Monster.com” of scholarship searches. Free.

Going Merry Like a “Commonapp” for scholarships.  Apply for dozens of scholarships at a time. Free.

Hispanic Scholarship Fund Scholarships for Hispanic students. Free.

Northern Illinois Community Foundation Scholarships – Hundreds of thousands of local dollars are available through this site.

Smart Scholar – Browse for available scholarships by field or interest.

United Negro College Fund The nations largest minority education organization Free.

What about 529 Plans? Information about 529 Plans, special tools for saving for college that include tax breaks.

College Illinois! 529 Prepaid Tuition Plan – This plan helps to freeze the cost of college by allowing Illinois families to prepay for future tuition at today’s current contract price.

Bright Start – This is a Section 529 education savings program created and administered by the state of Illinois.  It allows you to save money toward your future student’s education in a Bright Start account and pay no taxes on any earnings.

Managing your Money before and during College.     Helpful suggestions about money management in college from Wells Fargo.

Tax Tips for the college bound