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Applying for Financial Aid

The Office of Undergraduate Admission and the Office of Graduate Admission will evaluate all students for institutional scholarships and awards upon admission to the university. Domestic students are highly encouraged to seek additional financial aid by completing a FAFSA. If your financial situation has changed substantially since completing your FAFSA, domestic students can submit a Special Circumstances Appeal.

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

To apply for federal and institutional financial aid you must be admitted as a degree-seeking student at Illinois Tech. Additionally, you must complete a FAFSA with the Department of Education.

When completing a FAFSA, be certain to take note of the following:

  • Illinois Tech’s school code is 001691
  •  Students should file their FAFSA as soon as the application is available to avoid risking eligibility for the Illinois MAP Grant, Perkins Loan, Federal SEOG awards and Federal Work-Study
  • Any errors preventing the FAFSA from calculating an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) will be referenced in a Student Aid Report (SAR). The Department of Education (ED) will email your SAR 2-4 business days after your FAFSA is submitted. Be certain to read your SAR carefully and correct any inaccurate information, if requested
  • The Office of Financial Aid will automatically receive a SAR if Illinois Tech is listed on your FAFSA. Students should note this process can take up to a week


The Department of Education (ED) randomly selects a portion of all FAFSA applications for verification. After ED sends our office your Student Aid Report (SAR), you may receive an email requesting additional information to verify the data submitted on your FAFSA. Incoming freshmen should note that this email will be sent to their account. Selected students must complete verification before our office can disburse your federal and state awards.*

*The Collens Scholarship is also contingent upon verification. This award cannot disburse until verification is complete.

Special Circumstance Appeal

The Office of Financial Aid realizes a student may face life events which cause their financial situation to change. Illinois Tech can exercise professional judgment to re-evaluate a domestic (non-international) undergraduate student's financial aid package provided that appropriate documentation is on file. If a student has new or additional information regarding his/her family's financial circumstances, the student should submit the following to

  • A Special Circumstance Appeal Form
  • A brief letter explaining their situation
  • Supporting documentation (a statement of unemployment benefits, medical bills, etc.)

A financial aid staff member will be in contact with the student if more information is required to process the review. While the Office of Financial Aid will always try to accommodate families during times of need, please be aware that funding is limited. Once all information is submitted, this process can take up to two weeks. Click here to see applicable appeal deadlines and important dates.

For reference, applications for additional financial aid consideration are available for incoming and continuing students without a J-1, F-1, or H-4 visa status and who are ineligible to submit the FAFSA. If a student is facing a hardship and needs to apply for additional financial aid, please complete the applicable application.