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You can pay for college with a mix of grants, loans, scholarships, and out-of-pocket costs from work study, part-time jobs and your family’s contribution. Filing the FAFSA or the Illinois Alternative (RISE Act) application (for those not eligible for FAFSA) will allow you to access federal or state grants and student loans. Then add scholarships and work study. What remains is your monthly payment, which is often called the parent contribution or the “expected family contribution.”
The following describes in general terms the steps of application completion and the process used to determine MAP eligibility:
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