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Apply for Financial Aid

Students interested in applying for financial aid at MacMurray College should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/. This will supply our office with all the necessary information to get started planning students' financial aid packages. Eligibility for the following programs is determined each year based on FAFSA results: Pell Grant, FSEOG, Federal Work Study, Federal Perkins Loan, Federal Direct Loans, State of Illinois MAP Grant, and MacMurray College Grant.

The application is available for the upcoming academic year on October 1st. The preferential application filing date is November 1st; however, applications are accepted after that date. Please be aware that some funds, such as State of Illinois and some institutional need-based grant funding, are awarded on a first come, first serve basis.

MacMurray's Title IV school code is 001717. Be sure to list us on your FAFSA!

To see a preview of the questions that you may be asked while completing the FAFSA, check out the latest FAFSA on the Web worksheet (PDF).

You might hear about some changes to the FAFSA, but don't worry; these changes were put in place to make the FAFSA process easier. Starting with the 2017–18 FAFSA, there will be two major changes.

  1. You'll be able to submit your FAFSA earlier. You can file your 2017–18 FAFSA as early as October 1, 2016, rather than beginning on January 1, 2017. The earlier submission date will be a permanent change, enabling you to complete and submit a FAFSA as early as October 1 every year. If you file the FAFSA earlier, you'll have an earlier indication of how much your family is expected to contribute, which will help with budgeting for the upcoming school year.
  2. You'll use earlier income and tax information. Beginning with the 2017–18 FAFSA, students will be required to report income and tax information from an earlier tax year. For example, on the 2017–18 FAFSA, you — and your parent(s), as appropriate — will report your 2015 income and tax information, rather than your 2016 income and tax information. This change will make the FAFSA easier because you'll already have done your taxes by the time you fill out your FAFSA, and you may be able to automatically import your tax information into your FAFSA. To learn how to transfer tax information, visit the Federal Student Aid website or view the infographic below.
    Infographic explaining the FAFSA tax information transfer.