Learn about Financial Aid

Thanks for joining us on Sandburg's Financial Aid Resource page. We invite you to check out the videos, handouts, and web resources provided here. Each drop-down bar contains one or more items to help you understand financial aid. 



Sandburg is here to help you through the financial aid process. We invite you to watch our Completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid video below, which provides important information to guide you through completing your FAFSA.


We also offer one-on-one assistance as part of our service to our community. We will help any student attending any college or university to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Click the sign-up button below for FAFSA one-on-one assistance via a ZOOM virtual meeting.

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For other questions:

We offer ZOOM meetings for all things that don't fall into the realm of completing the FAFSA Application through a separate sign-up form, link to sign up genius. When signing up, please leave a brief description of why you are requesting a meeting so that we can prepare any relevant information before your meeting. If you need help with filling out your FAFSA please use the green sign-up link listed above.

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Financial Aid Office
Location: Main Campus E101
Phone: 309.341.5283
Email: finaid@sandburg.edu

Creating Your FSA ID & Recovering Logins (3 Videos)

How to Create Your FSA ID: This video contains step-by-step instructions on how to create your FSA ID.

FSA ID Worksheet: Please fill out this document (Student and Parent) when creating your FSA ID and keep it for your own records. 

Steps to Recovering FSA ID Login: The videos (2) below explain what to do if you have forgotten your FSA ID Username or Password.

The FAFSA Application & Process (6 Videos)

Overview of the Financial Aid Process: The video below gives an overview of the financial aid process.

How to Fill Out the FAFSA (2 Videos): This provides a quick 3-minute guide on how to fill out the FAFSA. For more details check out the next video.

Sandburg's Detailed Guide to Completing the FAFSA: An in-depth tutorial to help you complete your FAFSA.

What Happens After the FAFSA: This video provides insight into what comes next and what to expect after filing your FAFSA.

Need Analysis and Awarding Aid: An in-depth breakdown of how financial need is calculated.

Additional Resources: 

College Cost Comparison Worksheet

myStudentAid Mobile App: Learn about how to file your FAFSA on your smartphone in the app. Links to downloads can be found below the video. 

iOS Download: Link to app in Apple app store

Android Download: Link to app on the Android store.

Planning and Budgeting for College (2 Videos)

Budgeting: Learn about how to successfully create a budget while in school.

What Does College Cost: Learn about the true cost of college.

Additional Resources:

Mint - Free budgeting software

Nerdwallet - General Money Management Resource

Understanding Student Loans & Repayment (4 Videos)

Responsible Borrowing: Learn about important information to consider BEFORE applying for a student loan.

How to Manage Your Student Loans: Learn what kind of options exist to best suit your specific situation with your student loans.

"Repayment: What to Expect": Understand when your repayment starts and how to begin making payments.

Student Loan Repayment Options: An in-depth look at each different loan repayment strategy and free resources for comparing your options.

Free Loan Simulator: https://studentaid.gov/loan-simulator/