Featured Scholarships - Zero Estimated Family Contribution

You Might Qualify for Zero EFC

If, during the FAFSA process, the Department of Education has determined that your Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) will be $0, you could be eligible for the MAP and PELL grant. To determine if you are Zero EFC, you will need to complete your FAFSA. To apply for the MAP Grant, you must complete your FAFSA before the MAP Grant deadline (deadline determined by the State of Illinois and not released until 2 days before the deadline date) and qualify according to Illinois state regulations.

To receive a MAP and/or PELL grant, students…

  • and parents must be Illinois residents.
  • must be PELL Grant eligible; not having reached their lifetime limit on the PELL grant.
  • must have at least an 18 on the ACT.
  • must have at least a 2.5 cumulative high school GPA.
  • who are transfers must have at least a 2.6 cumulative GPA.
  • must have a Zero EFC on their FAFSA. If verification is required, a Zero EFC must be maintained after the verification process to qualify for tuition coverage.

Transfers in particular should closely check their MAP Grant qualifications.