Financial Aid

  • Class of 2016

    Apply as below (under How to apply for Financial Aid)


    Class of 2017 and beyond

    Beginning in the fall of 2016, the FAFSA will be available in October with the assumption that prior year taxes will be used to obtain an estimated family contribuion.

     Here are two great handouts provided by the Department of Education which will explain the process and changes:

    FAFSA Changes 17-18
    FAFSA Changes 17-18 FAQs
    The new and improved Financial Aid Toolkit has a whole menu of great resources such as handouts, presentations, videos, social media content, etc., and many items are also available in Spanish!

    How to apply for Financial Aid

    1. First apply for a PIN at, then Fill out the Federal Financial Aid Form (FAFSA) online in January 1st every year at

    2. OBSERVE DEADLINES! Be sure to make and keep a copy for yourself.

    3. Be sure to save a copy of your tax return and also your parent's tax return for IRS verification.

    4. When you first fill out the FAFSA, you may use estimated information. MAKE SURE to log back in later and update the information to match your tax returns.

    5. This document is a list of all the information you will need to complete the FAFSA.We urge you to visit the Federal Student Aid Website  and complete the FAFSA application online as soon after January 1st as you are able.

     6. Be sure to visit the Streamwood High School website scholarships page HERE for ideas about local, state, national, and school based scholarships.


    Text Assistance and Updates from ISCA about the FAFSA

     Students can now text any financial aid or FAFSA questions that they may have directly to ISAC (the Illinois Student Assistance Commission).  We will send reminders about filling out the FAFSA in October for the ’17 - ’18 academic year, along with  other important messages. Our intent is to provide students with additional support in navigating the financial aid process and assist  with any questions regarding the recent changes to the FAFSA. We’re calling this program “ISAC College Q & A,” and students and parents can select whichever phone number they like to use from the list below. They just text their name to  630.216.4910

    This service is free (besides any texting charges associated with their data plan), and there is no advertising. Questions will be answered by ISAC staff as quickly as possible but please allow additional time for a response requiring research or submitted outside of normal business hours.


    Great Links:


    ExploreHealthCareers completes its five-part article series, How To Attend College Without Going into Too Much Debt, with strategies for finding scholarships and other types of merit aid."