OLNEY, Ill. — Frontier Community, Lincoln Trail, Olney Central and Wabash Valley colleges are encouraging high school seniors to apply before the October 28 Priority Deadline to ensure they are first in line for scholarship dollars.
Last year, Illinois Eastern Community Colleges awarded more than $272,000 in Success Scholarships to 408 area students.
IECC Director of Financial Aid Krystle Riggle says, “Applying for the priority deadline gives local students the opportunity to receive a scholarship for any of the four IECC colleges. We are excited to help students find different avenues to afford a top-rated education close to home.”
Initiated in 2020, the tuition awards are made available to Community College District 529 students who have committed to attend the IECC colleges by completing the admissions application and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid by the Priority Deadline date. The Success Scholarships are renewable for up to four semesters — Fall 2023, Spring 2024, Fall 2024 and Spring 2025, not including summer courses.
“The awards demonstrate IECC’s ongoing commitment to seeing area students successfully achieve their higher education goals,” said IECC Director of Enrollment Management Andrea Loll. “We encourage all our area students to complete the necessary documents and see how much they can save by attending one of the IECC schools.”
Students can go to www.iecc.edu/priority to begin the application process now and file their FAFSA starting October 1. The FAFSA must have school code 001742 – Illinois Eastern Community Colleges listed.
Loll says this year students will receive additional assistance in applying as each college now has a dedicated admissions representative. During September and October, these recruiters will visit IECC District high schools on a weekly basis.
“We are looking forward to partnering with our area high schools,” Loll said. “Our recruiters will be available to answer questions and guide students in the application process. They also will be working with Financial Aid to help students create their FAFSA IDs, expediting the process and making it easier to walk parents and students through the FAFSA application. We really encourage students to complete their FAFSA — the earlier the better. Even if students know they are going to a four-year school, we still want to help them with the process. As community colleges, we are part of the community, and we want students to know we are here to serve them.”
Success Scholarship awards will be announced prior to the Thanksgiving holiday.
“IECC is very affordable. We want to show students how affordable the IECC colleges can be and to let them know money is available to assist them financially,” Loll said. “We want to help our students and their families by providing the best option for them. With the priority deadline, families can see just how much money they can save by attending FCC, LTC, OCC or WVC.”
Students or parents with questions regarding the Success Scholarships or the FAFSA, should contact FCC, LTC, OCC and WVC Financial Aid, or visit www.iecc.edu/financial.