Types of Alerts
FAFSA Completion Alerts:
ISAC's FAFSA Completion Initiative is recognized nationwide for its success in encouraging students to complete the FAFSA. Completing a FAFSA early is the most important step in seeking money for college. Alerts are sent based on user details.
ISACorps Event Alerts
ISAC's nationally recognized outreach program for college readiness includes a team of ISACorps members distributed throughout the state. Corps members conduct events and are available in high schools and colleges to help students navigate the college going process. User zip code and date of birth will be used to send alerts about college readiness events being conducted in the local community by the ISACorps.
Users can restrict alerts they receive by turning off specific alerts in the app preferences.
ISAC is a state agency founded by Illinois lawmakers over 50 years ago to ensure that financial considerations did not prevent Illinois students from realizing their post secondary educational goals, offering a comprehensive array of programs and services to students and their families. We administer most of the key state and federal grant, scholarship, loan repayment/forgiveness and prepaid tuition programs available to college students.
Getting through high school may seem tough enough, but there is another issue that must be factored in: college. As daunting as it may sound, college prep starts all the way back in your freshman year!
But not to worry. “37 Ways To Prepare For College” will give you step-by-step advice on how to get ready for higher education.
Don’t Let College Intimidate You. Start Preparing Now For Your Future!
Here is what you will learn about in the "37 Ways To Prepare For College" e-book:
Chapter 1 – As A Freshman You Can…
1. Plan Your High School Curriculum
2. Discuss the next four years with your counselor
3. Join clubs and extracurricular activities
4. Discuss college financing with your parents
5. Take virtual college campus tours
6. Volunteer over the summer
7. Learn to type
Chapter 2 – As A Sophomore You Can…
8. Come up with a list of potential colleges
9. Take on a leadership role in a club
10. Talk with your teachers and counselors regularly
11. Research the standardized tests required for college admissions
12. Attend preparatory classes for the SAT or the ACT
13. Sign up for www.fastweb.com
14. Go to college fairs
Chapter 3 – As A Junior You Can…
15. Take AP classes
16. Take the PSAT
17. Begin your search for scholarship and financial aid money
18. Take the SAT
19. Visit colleges on your list
20. Get brochures and applications from your choice colleges
21. Apply for scholarships
Chapter 4 – As A Senior You Can…
22. Request recommendation letters from teachers and counselors
23. Set up a tentative college cost budget
24. Write your applications essays
25. Send off your applications
26. Schedule interviews with prospective colleges
27. Fill out the FAFSA
28. Select your school
29. Keep housing and financial aid deadlines in order
Chapter 5 – The Summer Before College…
30. Get a job
31. Make time for friends
32. Make time for yourself
33. Make sure you have all the information you need from the college
34. Attend a summer workshop
35. Register for classes
36. Call your roommate and get to know them
37. Decide who’s bringing what
Bonus – Packing For The Dorms…
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Distant Suns (max) astronomy app is an award-winning hand-held planetarium with over 25 years of development, offering you the new way to look at the sky from on the Earth to off. Sporting over 130,000 stars, all 8 (or is it 9?) planets, the sun and moon, constellations, galaxies, nebula and star clusters, Distant Suns offers a gracefully visual respite from a busy day. While others play games, you can travel to the stars.
• Set your location from any place on Earth or off
• Change the date and time to show the sky of the past or future, like a celestial time-machine in your hands
• Learn the stories behind each constellation
• Follow the moon through its phases, and the planets through their monthly dance
• Unique to Distant Suns (max)You are no longer Earth-bound so you may fly out to the planets and watch them in their stately presence
• Observe Saturn from behind, Jupiter from Io, the Earth from the Moon
• Contains over 200 galaxies, nebula and star clusters, many within reach of binoculars
• Touch the sky to view extensive data on each object
• Perfect for the whole family. The only requirement is sense of wonder!
• Unleash your inner astronaut today
Students and parents who must deal with the high cost of a college education have available to them a wide range of student loans. This article offers details on three general types of student loans.
Federal Stafford Loans
Unlike other student loans, application for a specific Stafford Loan should be preceded by the filing of a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA application should be made in the name of the aspiring student.
The process of applying for a Stafford Loan differs in a second way from the application process for other student loans - and application for a Stafford Loan does not require a credit check.
There is no uniform method for the delivery of money from a Stafford Loan. Some students get the money directly from their school; other Loan recipients get the money from a bank or other lender.
Signature Student Loans
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* What is Money? – An introduction to the concept of money and the role it plays in our lives, featuring the new Money Match game.
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You want your children to understand the importance of higher education and how vital it is to start saving early. Having the conversation now can show kids that they can take an active role in making their future dreams a reality.
With the Big Start app from several state 529 plans and Upromise, you’ll not only start the discussion with your children, you’ll also get help to start saving for the future! Enjoy!
Big Dreamers helps young people explore career options, discover their dream job and map out how to make it a reality through a 529 college savings plan.
And we didn't forget about parents. After kids find their match, it's time to pass the app to the parents to test how well they know their kids' hopes and dreams.
All it takes is answering a few questions, and you're on your way to the career of your dreams.