Upcoming Financial Aid Events
It’s too bad money doesn’t come with instructions. Because we all need to know how to spend it, save it and borrow it wisely. That’s why banks, businesses, schools, libraries and lots of others are joining together to help support financial education during Money Smart Week – April 18th through the 25th.
Be a part of it. Learn to be Money Smart.
YOU CAN WIN A FREE CLASS AT KISH!
Attend any Money Talks workshops, and you could walk away with more than just knowledge! All participants are entered into a drawing to win a 3 credit hour class at Kishwaukee College and other great prizes including gift cards to the bookstore and the Kish Café. The more Money Talks Workshops you attend, the more chances you’ll have to win!
GEOCACHE FOR COLLEGE CASH
Mon, April 20th– Fri April 24th│All-Day Hunt
Begins at Financial Aid/Veterans Affairs Office (C2150)
The “GeoCache for College Cash” is based on the popular outdoor geocaching concept, a scavenger-hunt type game. Instead of locating and taking objects, players leave proof they found information about personal finance topics every college student should understand. Students will start this scavenger-hunt at the Financial Aid/Veterans Affairs Office located in the Student Center. Students will be competing for prizes and possible scholarship money.
MONEY TALKS: BUDGETING
Tues, April 21st│1pm
Student Lounge (C1130)
Join us for this interactive workshop and learn how to take control of your spending! The workshop will cover setting spending and savings goals, creating a sample budget, and some tips and tricks on managing your money. Lunch will be provided for participants.
MONEY TALKS: CREDIT AND IDENTITY THEFT
Wed, April 22nd│1pm
Student Lounge (C1130)
Join us for this interactive workshop and educate yourself about credit! In this workshop you will learn what credit is and how it affects you, how to build good credit or fix poor credit, and how to protect yourself from identity theft. Lunch will be provided for participants.
MONEY TALKS: STUDENT LOAN REPAYMENT
Thurs, April 23rd│Open House from 12pm–2pm
Access, Equity & Diversity Center (B0300)
Are you graduating or transferring at the end of the Spring Semester? If so, join us for a celebratory ice cream social and let our Financial Aid Staff help you understand the loan repayment process. You’ll get help looking up your loan borrowing history, finding the contact information for your loan servicer(s), and learn what repayment options will be available to you.
MONEY SMART BANK FAIR
Tues, April 21st and Wed, April 22nd│12pm–3pm
Are you looking to open your first bank account? Want to find out who has the best interest rates on their savings accounts? Stop by the Money Smart Bank Fair and compare area banks and credit unions all in one place!
Do you want information on even MORE financial literacy events? There are over 100 events taking place in DeKalb county this year, visit moneysmartweek.niu.edu for more event details!
2015-2016 FAFSA Available January 1st!
Remember to complete your FAFSA as soon as possible after January 1st if you plan to attend any college during the 2015-2016 academic year.
Did you know?
- Some types of financial aid are limited and awarded first-come first-serve based on the date that you first submit your FAFSA for theacademic year.So the sooner you completeyour application, the better.
- You can complete yourFAFSA before you or your parents have filed yourtax returns. You can use estimated income information from afinal paystub of the year, a W-2, or a prior year tax return if youdon't believe your income has changed significantly.Just be sure to update your FAFSA after your taxes are completed so that the school receives your most up to date income information.
- A few weeks after you file your 2014 taxes you'll have the option to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to import your tax information into the FAFSA directly from the IRS. This tool auto fills those tricky income questions for you and waives any need for your school to collect your tax transcript,making your annual application process much simpler! We highly encourage you to make use of this tool if you are eligible.
- Remember, If it’s not free – it’s not FAFSA!
Need Help Paying for College?
Paying for college plays a big role in the college decision process. Tuition at Kishwaukee College is one of the most affordable in the state. Per credit hour, Kishwaukee College tuition and fees are a fraction of the cost most of Illinois’s public universities.
Transfer students who elect to complete the first two years of their college education at Kishwaukee will save a substantial amount of money without sacrificing quality. Kishwaukee College students who transfer to state universities are just as or more successful academically than students who spent their first two years at the university. In fact, over the last five years, the average GPA of Kishwaukee College graduates who transferred to Illinois Public Universities was 2.97 and over that same time period more than 97% were satisfied with the way their courses transferred to those universities.
Use the U.S. Department of Educations' College Scorecard to find out more about Kishwaukee College’s, and other institutions, affordability and value. http://collegecost.ed.gov/scorecard/
For Further Information Contact
Financial Aid/Veterans Office
21193 Malta Road
Malta, IL 60150-9699
815-825-2086, ext. 2240
Office Hours: Monday-Thursday 8AM-6PM, Friday 8AM-4PM
FINANCIAL AID OFFICE ADVICE: APPLY FOR EVERYTHING. APPLY EARLY. ASK FOR HELP IN FILLING OUT FORMS.