GENERAL INFORMATION & FINANCIAL AID  This award-winning site has grown into the most comprehensive source of student financial aid information, advice and tools — on or off the web. Access to FinAid is free for all users and there is no charge to link to the site. FinAid has earned a stellar reputation in the educational community as the best web site of its kind. It’s comprehensive, it’s informative, it’s objective – and it’s the first stop on the web for students looking for ways to finance their education.

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA):  Students should submit the FAFSA form as soon as possible after January. FAFSA determines student eligibility for federal work study, PELL grants, and other federal financial aid.

Illinois Student Assistance Commission: Including the Illinois Future Teacher Corps Program, Medical Student Scholarship Program, Monetary Award Program (MAP), Golden Apple Scholars of Illinois, Nursing Education Scholarship Program, Illinois Veteran Grant Program, and grants for children of police, fire and correctional officers. Free information from the U.S. Department of Education on preparing for and funding education beyond high school.



Democracy in Action Award 2013-2014: Do you know a student who is a champion in their community?  The DIAA award, offered by the Union League Club of Chicago (ULCC), is presented annually to Illinois juniors or seniors who have demonstrated extraordinary citizenship and leadership in their community.  Students must be Illinois residents and juniors or seniors in a public or private high school in Illinois at the time they are awarded. Nominations must be signed and submitted by two faculty members who can speak to the student’s achievements. Visit ULCC for application materials.

Submission deadline: January 10, 2014

Conference of Minority Transportation Officials: The Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO) offers a variety of scholarships ranging from $2,500 to $6,000 to deserving students nationwide who have a career interest in transportation and related fields.Selections are made annually by a team of industry professionals and representatives from the academic community.  The National Scholarship Program supports the mission of COMTO by promoting, strengthening and expanding the roles of minorities in all aspects of transportation.

Conference of Women Legislators Scholarship: The COWL Scholarship seeks to maximize educationalopportunities for all income levels by offering tuition assistance to mature (age 25 or older), deserving women who show evidence of furthering their education in order to make a contribution to their government, children, families, and community. The one-year scholarship will cover tuition, books and fees up to $2,500 per year, including summer school. 2012 scholarship applications are due March 30, 2012.

Monetary Award Program (MAP): MAP provides need-based grants to Illinois students. Funding is limited and students should apply as soon as possible after January 1.

Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) scholarships: ROTC programs are offered at many college and prepare students for careers as military offers. ROTC students commit to serve in the military after graduation (generally four years of Active Duty) in exchange for a partially or fully paid college education.


46th Ward Alderman James Cappleman’s Office: Know a student interested in internships? We’re accepting applications now! Students interested in internships for public policy, administration, safety, business development & other areas should email their resumes

Illinois Department of Transportation Summer Engineering Program: The Summer Engineering Program (May 16 – August 31)is a program designed to give engineering students an opportunity to obtain on the job training. Only students who have completed a minimum of one year (30 semester hrs, 45 qtr. Hrs credit) of college courses in engineering through completion of four or more years in engineering or related curriculum are eligible. The Summer Non-Engineering (Technician Trainee) Program is a program designed to give non-engineering students an opportunity to obtain on the job training. High school graduates through students who have completed four or more years of college courses in areas other than engineering are eligible to apply. Applications are due by 4:30pm on Monday, April 23rd.  Central and District Office addresses are on the postings and applications.  Applicants need to submit their applications to the appropriate location.  We will not accept applications after the deadline. All postings and applications are available at Central Office, all District Offices and Divisions as well as on the website at

Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events, Student Internships (Film, Performing Arts, Special Events, and more)The Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) – seeks 10 students for paid internships for Summer 2012.  Interns will work  in DCASE various divisions, ranging from Film, to Performing Arts, to Special Events, to Sports Development for various periods of time. For more information, visit here.

U.S. Department of Labor Summer Jobs+: The Summer Jobs+ Bank lists many summer job and internship opportunities in Chicago and throughout the rest of the country.