Depending on your family's financial situation, paying for college may not be easy, but in most circumstances you can find a way to make it work.
Talk with your student about his or her college plans. Students and parents often have very different ideas about how tuition bills and other expenses will be paid.
Estimate college expenses. An online calculator such the Net Price Calculator provided by the Financial Aid Office or the U.S. Department of Education's Federal Student Aid FAFSA4caster can give you an idea.
Work on your student's
and responsibility. Include your student in discussions and decisions related to paying for their education. Encourage your student to make smart financial decisions by saving money or following a strict budget.
Ask questions. Our financial aid professionals are happy to provide answers and assistance as you and your student figure out how to finance their education. Call the Financial Aid Office at (309) 438-2231, email FinancialAid@IllinoisState.edu, or visit FinancialAid.IllinoisState.edu.