The residents of the Prairie State are given massive scholarship opportunities in order to relieve the students of the heavy financial burden of educational expenses. A huge array of scholarships are available to students just for being permanent residents of the state of Illinois. The students who wish to pursue an education in highly reputed educational institutions like Northwestern University, the University of Illinois (Illini), the Illinois State University (ISU), and the University of Chicago, are offered numerous scholarships as well.
Scholarships are awarded to the students who belong to the state of Illinois as an investment to the development of the state and the country. The federal government, the Illinois state corporation, private organizations and associations, universities, colleges, and other educational institutions provide the scholarship opportunities to students who are either permanent residents of the state or are enrolled in the universities or colleges of the state. These scholarships provide students with enough money to fund the tuition and fees, accommodation, books and supplies, and other educational expenses without having to face any financial troubles.
The students are offered myriad financial aid opportunities in order to help them through their financial barriers. The financial aids are offered to students in the form of scholarships, student loans, grants, and work-study programs. The work-study programs are provided based on the financial need demonstrated by the student, certain merit-based grants and scholarships are awarded on the basis of the academic status and the other achievements of the students. But both these aids do not require the students to pay back the money they receive. Whereas, the students are obliged to pay back the money they receive as student loans and need-based grants.
Some of the scholarships awarded to the students who are residents of the state of Illinois are enlisted below:
Chicago Police and Fire Scholarship: The students whose parents are active Chicago Fire Fighters and Police Officers, are offered the Chicago Police and Fire Scholarships.
Illinois National Guard (ING) Grant Program: The Illinois resident students who are enrolled in a public or private institution in Illinois are awarded money through the Illinois National Guard Grant program. The students are to be Illinois National Guard members.