Federal, state and university grants are awarded based on financial need. To qualify for need-based grants, you must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
Federal Pell Grants:
- Award based on the processed FAFSA and the funding level approved by Congress.
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (SEOG):
- Available to students with exceptional financial need
- Must be Pell Eligible
- Limited funds are dependent on Congressional appropriations
- Awarded by the university in varying amounts
Illinois Monetary Award Program Grants (MAP):
- Available to Illinois residents attending an Illinois college or university.
- Parents of a dependent student must be a legal resident of the state at the time of the application.
- An independent student must have resided in Illinois for 12 continuous months prior to the beginning of the academic year.
- Students must apply and meet the criteria each year to renew this grant.
- Applicants must file prior to deadlines set by the State of Illinois.
- Awards and deadlines are subject to change based on state funding. View the latest MAP updates.
Aurora University Grants:
- Based on financial need
- Awards range from approximately $100 - $6,000
- Both Illinois and out-of-state students are eligible
Aurora University Graduate Grants:
- Only available to Aurora campus graduate students
- Must be enrolled at least half-time in a degree-seeking program