How to Apply for Financial Aid 

  • Apply for admission to Carl Sandburg College. Online Application
  • Create an FSA ID for the student and parent (if dependent) to sign your application.  Create an FSA ID.  The following video explains the requirements to set up an FSA ID.   Instructional Video – How to Create an FSA ID.
  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA ®) or the Illinois Financial Aid Alternative Application if applicable. Sandburg's Federal School code is 007265 at  The FAFSA ® is used to award federal, state, and some institutional aid. Sandburg offers free one-on-one assistance for completing your FAFSA, you may sign up here.
  • Monitor your Financial Aid status at mySandburg/Self-Service Menu/MyFinancialAid/Financial Aid Self Service and your Sandburg email account. 
  • Complete and upload to the Financial Aid Office any Required Documents on My Financial Aid.
  • Continue to monitor your mySandburg account for additional requests. Once processing is complete, we will notify you via your Sandburg email account and post your offer letter on Financial Aid Self Service.
  • After your offer letter has been posted, you may apply for a student loan.  To apply for a loan, complete the three steps found under  'Apply for Federal Student Loan'.

Important: FAFSA Application Process Begins October 1

When to Apply for Financial Aid


  • Apply between October 1, 2020, through June 30, 2022
  • Use Income from 2019
  • Fall 2021, Spring 2022, Summer 2022


  • Apply between October 1, 2021, through June 30, 2023
  • Use Income from 2020
  • Fall 2022, Spring 2023, Summer 2023

Illinois Financial Aid (Alternative Application)

The Alternative Application is for state aid only, providing a pathway to apply for Monetary Award Program (MAP) grants for qualifying undocumented students and for transgender students who are not eligible for federal financial aid because they did not register for selective service. Most students in Illinois will continue to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA ®), rather than the Alternative Application, to simultaneously apply for federal, state, and institutional aid, including MAP grants.  To receive a MAP grant, all students, whether completing the FAFSA ® or the Alternative Application, must still meet the eligibility criteria of the MAP program itself.

For more information, we invite you to view this quick video available in English and Spanish. ISAC provides free assistance to students and families, in English or Spanish, to complete the FAFSA ® or the Alternative Application; students can contact ISAC's Call Center at 800.899.ISAC 2 (4722).

Financial Aid and Tuition Deadline

Tuition and fees are due approximately three weeks before each semester. If financial aid eligibility has not been determined by the tuition due date, students need to pay or sign up for the payment plan.

Transfer Financial Aid

Financial aid does not automatically transfer between institutions.  Transfer students who did not initially include Sandburg on the FAFSA ® will need to add Sandburg's school code 007265 at by selecting "Make Corrections to a Processed FAFSA ®." Select the tab at the top that says "School Selection" and add our school code of 007265. Resubmit the FAFSA ®.  We will receive your information in approximately seven business days and processing can take up to three weeks.    

Set Up Authorized User (proxy) For Financial Aid And Billing

Sandburg offers students the opportunity to add one or more authorized users (called a Proxy) 2,  which allows the authorized user to make online payments on your behalf and access financial aid documents, and view financial aid offer information.   The authorized user will receive a separate login and password to access the account. 

Authorized users do not have access to your stored payment methods, academic records, personal emails, or other personal information. Making your parents (or other individuals you authorize) an authorized user does not give Sandburg staff permission to discuss your student account records with your authorized user.

The student controls what the user can access.  To set up an authorized user to act on your behalf, follow the instructions on the link below.  If you have any questions, please contact us at 309.341.5260.

Instructions to Set Up Authorized User (Proxy)

Special Conditions: What If you Don't Get Enough Financial Aid?

Some families experience a change in their circumstances that impacts their ability to pay college expenses. If you experience a loss of job or benefits, a death, or divorce, you may qualify for a recalculation of your eligibility. Special Conditions applications may be submitted after June 1, AND after the student has been awarded or denied federal student aid based on the original application. Special Conditions may increase your eligibility for federal aid and in some situations the Illinois MAP Grant. Please go to the Financial Aid Forms page or contact the Financial Aid Office for a Special Conditions application.  


Additional Resources - Applying for Financial Aid

Attendance - No Show Policy
Calculating Financial Aid
Cost of Attendance
Eligibility for Financial Aid
External Scholarships
FAFSA Questions
Financial Aid Forms
Financial Aid for Study Abroad
Important Financial Aid Websites
Losing Financial Aid
NerdWallet A Website with Guidance to Improve Your Finances
Processing Deadlines
Renewing Your Financial Aid
Summer Financial Aid
Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act
FAFSA Help Resources



Financial Aid Office
Location: Main Campus E101
Phone: 309.341.5283