Submit an Application for the 2020-21 HOPE Scholarship

The Helping Other’s Personal Excellence (HOPE) Scholarship application form is now available for admitted incoming and continuing University of Illinois undergraduate students who are ineligible for federal financial aid (FAFSA). Some circumstances that may disqualify students from receiving federal financial aid include legal status, gender-non-conforming identities, and previous misdemeanors. This scholarship fund—a commitment by students, […]

The Alternative Application for MAP Grant Funding Now Available

The Office of Student Financial Aid has now posted information for students interested in being considered for state aid as part of the RISE Act. Signed into law by Governor Pritzker in June 2019, the Retention of Illinois Students and Equity (RISE) Act, provides a pathway for qualifying undocumented students and for transgender students who […]

The U of I System Joins Amicus Brief Urging the Supreme Court to Protect DACA

On October 4, 2019, the University of Illinois System joined over 160 universities and colleges in filing an amicus curiae or friend of the court brief with the Supreme Court underscoring the importance of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Arguing for the continued existence of DACA, the brief contends that the recession […]

Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker Signs the Retention of Illinois Students and Equity Bill Into Law

During a ceremony at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker signed the Retention of Illinois Students and Equity Bill (HB 2691) into law on June 21, 2019. Previously known as the “RISE bill,” the Retention of Illinois Students and Equity Act makes undocumented students who are Illinois residents and not otherwise […]