Financial Aid

September 29, 2017

Cyndi Stonesifer, Director of Financial Aid at Kishwaukee College, wants to remind area residents that the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) filing date will open on October 1. She stated. “For anyone planning to attend Kishwaukee College or any other college or university in the 2018 - 2019 academic year, the filing date will open on October 1, 2017.”

The FAFSA is the basic building block of all financial aid packaging for college students across the U.S. Filing the FAFSA is the first step in determining what federal or state financial aid a student is eligible for, including Pell Grants, Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (SEOG) Federal Direct Student Loans and the Illinois Monetary Award Program (MAP Grants). Filing early may qualify a student for funding from a wider variety of financial aid sources. The Illinois MAP grant, for example, has a limited amount of funds to award and is dispersed in a “first come, first served” format, making filing the FAFSA early a necessity in qualifying for MAP funds.

Stonesifer added, “The 2018-19 FAFSA will use information from the 2016 Tax Forms – forms that were completed and filed six months ago. In addition, it allows students to easily use the IRS Retrieval Tool which automatically links the filed tax forms with the FAFSA form. It makes filing for FAFSA a lot easier.”

Kishwaukee College is planning to hold its annual FAFSA Completion Night on October 24 from 6 – 7:00p.m. in Room A1345 at the College. Stonesifer added, “The local high schools in our district have done a great job getting the word out about the FAFSA filing date, but I want to make sure that all students are aware of the change in filing date.”

The FAFSA Completion Night allows students and their parents an opportunity to fill out the FAFSA form with assistance from financial aid professionals from Kishwaukee College and high school guidance counselors from Kishwaukee Educational Consortium (KEC). Any student who would like assistance is welcome to attend the FAFSA Completion Night.

Students should bring their 2016 income information, including their 2016 Federal Tax information or Federal 1040 tax forms (if filed) or W-2 forms.  Students and parents should know their social security numbers and driver’s license or alien registration numbers. Prior to attending the FAFSA Completion Night, students filing the FAFSA for the first time and parents should go to to create their Federal Student Aid ID (FSA ID) which is required to submit the FAFSA electronically.

For more information on the FAFSA, visit or visit

April 28, 2017

Cynthia Stonesifer, Director of Financial Aid at Kishwaukee College, has announced the recipients of the 2017 Academic Achievement Awards. 

Academic Achievement Awards are $1,000 per semester for four full-time semesters of study (Fall 2017, Spring 2018, Fall 2018, and Spring 2019) at Kishwaukee College. The Academic Achievement Awards are available to 2017 district high school graduates with a class rank in the upper 25% who will be attending Kishwaukee College in the Fall 2017 semester as full-time students (carrying 12 credit hours of coursework).  To maintain eligibility for all four semesters, students must remain full-time and earn a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.1/4.0. 

The recipients of the 2017 Kishwaukee College Academic Achievement Awards from the district high schools are:

Cornerstone Christian Academy – Savannah Strohacker;

DeKalb High School
– Anna Arnold, Gabrielle Farrell, Morgan Karolus, Serene Labadi, Jessica Long, Abby Masters, McKenna Poff, and Samuel Rouw;

Genoa-Kingston High School – Bailey Boehmer;

Indian Creek High School – Olin Simpson;

Oregon High School – Dylan Geesey and Johnathan Prose;

Paw Paw High School­­– Bethany Strohman and Anastasia Pfeiffer;

Rochelle Township High School – Rachel Goffinet, Jaelyn Kammes, Mason Lamb, Owen Male, and Jose Salinas;

Sycamore High School – Baylea Bonnell, Thomas Mitchell, Allison Schimdt, and Michelle Tryzna.

For more information on financial aid opportunities at Kishwaukee College, call 815-825-9328.

Registration is currently in progress for Summer and Fall 2017; for more information on enrollment and registration, contact Enrollment Services at 815-825-9375 or at or visit