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 Award Letter


There are four primary types of financial aid programs:


Gift aid that is awarded based on demonstrated financial need.  Grants do not have to be repaid.

Federal Pell Grant

Dual Credit Pell

Illinois Monetary Award Program (MAP)

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)


Scholarships and Waivers

Scholarships are awarded based on a variety of factors such as academic achievement, major, talent, leadership, field of study and/or financial need. Scholarships 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. 

Tuition Adjustment for Cooperative Agreements (TCOOP)


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.

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