Federal Pell Grant

This grant is available to eligible undergraduate students enrolled in an eligible program at ECC and taking at least one credit hour. Awards range from $623 to $6,195 for 2019-2020 and are based on enrollment status and Expected Family Contribution (EFC).

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)

  • This fund is awarded to Pell-eligible students only.
  • Priority is given to students with a $0 Expected Family Contribution (EFC) and other students with low EFCs.
  • Actual award amounts are determined yearly and are based on the federal allocation.
  • Awards are given to students in both the fall and spring terms (the award is not given in the summer term).
  • Students who are enrolled full time and less than full time are eligible to receive this award.

Illinois Monetary Award Program (MAP)

ECC's students represent people from all backgrounds. Lawful permanent residents, transgender students and others who can’t apply for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) may apply for an Illinois-specific aid program through MAP. Fill out the Retention of Illinois Students & Equity (RISE) Act online application. 

Eligibility for this tuition-only grant does not apply to books, supplies, lab fees, or other expenses as determined by ISAC. The application, patterned after the FAFSA is now available for the 2020-21 academic year.  

Illinois resident students may be eligible for additional funding and support programs from the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC)

Students must be enrolled in and complete at least three (3) credit hours. The MAP amount on the award letter is an estimate, and subject to change pending ISAC confirmation of the student's eligibility.

  • Funding does not apply to the summer term
  • Overall maximum of 135 MAP paid credit hours

Illinois Veterans Grant Program (IVG)

This Illinois grant is available to qualified veterans who entered active duty from the State of Illinois and returned to Illinois within six (6) months of receiving an honorable discharge.

  • Veterans must have served at least one year of active duty
  • Funding applies to tuition and some limited fees
  • Students may receive IVG funds for up to five (5) years of full-time attendance
  • Students must submit a complete DD214 form for the determination of eligibility
  • Students may mail the application and DD214 Member 4 copy. The application can be found through the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) or apply online at

Note: Applications are available in Financial Aid and Scholarships, Bldg B, Room B156.

Federal Veterans Education Benefits

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs GI Bill resource contains in-depth information about the various education benefits administered by the Department of Veterans Affairs. To contact a veterans benefits counselor, please call 888-442-4551.

Illinois National Guard Program (ING)

Enlisted persons and company-grade Illinois National Guard officers can receive tuition and eligible fee coverage at all Illinois public universities and public community colleges.

  • Students must be on active duty status and have served for at least one year in the Illinois National Guard
  • Funding is available for a period equivalent to eight (8) semesters of full-time enrollment and can be applied to noncredit courses
  • This grant can be used for either undergraduate or graduate study
  • There is no minimum enrollment requirement
  • The student must apply for this grant each year online through the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC)