I know many of you have asked for scholarship websites....etc.

My son got a full ride to DePaul using these websites, he starts

there in the fall of this year.

So I thought I would share with you what we used. Being a single mom

I needed to do alot of research, not knowning how I was going to pay

for his college.

I hope these sites help you as much as they have helped myself and my

son. Also once your child turns 14 yrs old they are able to start

applying for scholarships to use towards college. When applying for

finacial aid be sure to apply in December the year before you

graduated High School and if you have a job include your W-2's

**These are for Illinois residents** But I am sure they have the same

for other states.

Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC)

www.collegezone. com

Most detailed website out there listing you options for financial aid

(loans you don't have to pay back), grants, and scholarships. Best

place to start when thinking about college. Also gives you advice in

applying, planning, classes, types of degrees, and different types of

colleges in the State of Illinois. Really a complete site which you

should be able to find an answer to any question concerning colleges

that you might have.

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

www.fafsa.ed. gov/

Usually the first step for any student wishing to receive financial


U.S. Department of Education

http://studentaid.ed.gov/PORTALSWebA...english/index. jsp

This link explains the process for financial aid.

Subsidized or Un-Subsidized Loans?

www.collegezone.com/informationzone/3392_3425. htm

This link describes the difference and advantages or disadvantages

between subsidized and unsubsidized loans.

Scholarship Information:

www.collegezone.com/informationzone/3392_3409. htm

This list the different scholarships available to students.

****Also a good site that I used often is****:

www.fastweb. com

Grant Information:

www.collegezone.com/informationzone/3392_3411. htm

This link list the possible grants with descriptions for eligibility

available to Illinois residents. Federal Supplemental Educational

Opportunity Grants (SEOG), Pell, and MAP grants are just a few to


College Illinois:

www.collegeillinois. com

This website devoted to the 529 plan. Describes ways to plan for

your child or grandchildren's education.

State of Illinois Monetary Award Program (MAP Grant):

The Monetary Award Program (MAP) provides grants, which do not need

to be repaid, to Illinois residents who demonstrate financial need,

based on the information provided on the Free Application for Federal

Student Aid (FAFSA). Students are not required to submit high school

grades or test scores when applying for a MAP grant.


www.free-4u.com/il. htm

List various scholarships for Illinois residents.

Bright Start College Savings Program

www.brightstartsavings.com/index_home. htm

More insight into the 529 college savings plan.

Additional College Zone Information

www.collegezone.com/studentzone/416_914. htm

Link that tells you other financing options that a student can choose

if nothing above sounds like a fit.

Trucking schools that offer paid CDL training for customers

interested in truck driving. SOME GREAT SITES AND OPPORTUNITIES!

Stevens Transport 800*333*8535

www.stevenstransport. com

Schneider Trucking 800*447*7433

CRST Trucking 800*366*2328

Swift Trucking 800*284*8785

www.swifttrans. com

Roto Rooter- Paid plumbers Training


IL Board of Higher Education:

www.ibhe.state.il. us/

Gives detailed information about what is going on with colleges in

the State of Illinois.

I hope this helps you as much as it has helped my family.

Kelly in IL