Programs And Scholarship

The Financial Aid Office assists students in applying for federal, state, and institutional funds to help them meet their educational costs. Our goal is to make it financially possible for all qualified students to attend Sandburg. 

Financial Aid is available from federal, state, institutional, and private sources. A student may receive a combination of these types of aid in their award notification. Students are awarded based upon availability of funds, eligibility and on a ‘first come, first serve” basis.

Guide to Understanding your Offer Letter


Scholarships, Grants, and Waivers

Scholarships are awarded based on a variety of factors such as academic achievement, major, talent, leadership, the field of study, and/or financial need. Scholarships, grants, and waivers do not have to be repaid. More information is available at our  Scholarship Overview. Tuition waivers are reductions of the credit hour tuition (not fees) you are charged to attend. 

Discover Scholarships: Offered to non-traditional students who enroll in academic programs selected by the college

Dual Credit Pell: This experimental program allows dual credit students to apply for the Pell Grant

Dual Credit Success Scholarship: Offered to graduating seniors who participated in dual credit at Sandburg

External Scholarships: Sandburg has curated a list of outside scholarships that students may be eligible for. Students are encouraged to reach out to the scholarship organization for questions.

Federal Pell Grant: This award is based on financial need, funds provided by the federal government.

Galesburg Promise: Pays toward tuition for Galesburg High School graduates

Illinois Monetary Award Program (MAP): Need based grant for Illinois students attending Illinois colleges

Illinois Veterans Grant: Pays tuition to qualifying veterans who reside in Illinois

Presidential Scholarship: Based on academic excellence, for students that graduated from an in-district high school

Sandburg Dual Credit Award: Tuition adjustment for Dual Credit students up to 6 credits per term.

Tuition Adjustment for Cooperative Agreements (TCOOP): Waives out of district tuition for students outside Sandburg who enroll in a program not offered in their home district



Sandburg participates in the Federal Direct Stafford Loan program and will certify alternative loans as requested. The Federal Direct Loan Program is a low-interest loan made to the student by the federal government to help pay for education expenses. The interest rate is variable and will change each year on July 1. Loans MUST BE REPAID.


Parent (PLUS) loan information can be Parent Plus Loans page

Work Study

Work study programs are part-time jobs (usually on-campus) awarded to students who demonstrate financial need. Work study jobs are often related to a student’s field of study, but not always. The hours are adjusted around your academic schedule. 


Financial Aid Office
Location: Main Campus E101
Phone: 309.341.5283