Student Services

February 22, 2018

Kishwaukee College has a new agreement with Western Illinois University to facilitate the transfer of students to WIU. The new agreement goes into effect immediately.

Dr. M. Joanne Kantner, Vice President of Instruction at Kish, stated, “The truly great aspect of this new agreement is that it benefits students who want to transfer to WIU’s Macomb or Quad Cities campus but there is also a bachelor’s completion program that is entirely online which particularly benefits adult students who may be geographically bound to our local area because of work or family obligations.” 

The WIU agreement with Kishwaukee accepts students who are enrolled in any of Kish’s two-year degree programs – Associate in Science, Associate in Arts, Associate of Fine Arts, Associate in Engineering Science and Associate in Applied Science – and who have completed a minimum of 24 hours of college-level coursework into the WIU Bachelor of Arts in General Studies (BGS) Degree Program. Students must apply for admission to WIU and meet the university’s admission criteria to be enrolled in the program.

For students interested in pursuing a career in law enforcement, there is an additional pathway. Beginning with the Fall 2018 academic term, students may pursue the Integrated Bachelor of General Studies with a minor in Law Enforcement and then move on to a Masters in Law Enforcement, all completed online. Kantner stated, “I think this will be a really great opportunity for students to add a Master's degree with just 24 credits beyond a Bachelor's, if they opt for the thesis track, or 30 credits, if they opt for the non-thesis track.”

In addition, students who graduate from Kish from the Honors Program will be eligible to transfer to WIU as members of the Centennial Honors College. Ten credit hours of Honors coursework from Kishwaukee will be counted as sufficient to complete the requirements for Lower Division Honors Scholar designation at WIU.

Kantner noted, “This is a great opportunity for our students to complete a bachelor’s degree that has flexibility. A BGS degree is one that the student can work with an advisor to create a degree program that meets their career goals.”

The BGS fully online option makes it a degree that will fit in with many non-traditional students’ lives. Kantner also added, “There are also many online minors that students could complete in addition to the BGS degree that would increase the effectiveness of the degree in terms and lead to enhanced employability.” 

“I am very excited about this new agreement with Kishwaukee College,” Dr. Jeff Hancks, Executive Director of WIU’s School of Distance Learning said. “WIU has a long history of helping Kish Students achieve their dream of earning an affordable, quality Bachelor’s degree. This new agreement should make it even easier for students to begin a Bachelor’s at Kish and finish at Western, either online or in Macomb or the Quad Cities. We look forward to working with many more outstanding Kish students in the future.”

Online minors offered through WIU include: Accountancy; Anthropology; Business; Computer Mediated Communication, Computer Science – Microcomputer Applications; Economics; Finance; Fire Administration; Geographic Information Systems; Geography; History; Industrial Technology; Law Enforcement and Justice Administration; Management; Marketing; Political Science; Psychology; Recreation, Park, and Tourism Administration; Religion; Sociology; Supply Chain Economics; Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages; and Women’s Studies.

Kishwaukee College students who are interested in the BGS program available through the new partnership with Western Illinois University should contact Sean Kesselring, Lead Academic Advisor at Kishwaukee College, at 815-825-9822 or via email at skesselring@kish.edu. Please enter “WIU- BGS Program” in the email subject line.

For information on the BGS degree, contact Jennifer Tibbits, Director of the General Studies Program at Western Illinois University at JL-Tibbitts@wiu.edu or visit http://www.wiu.edu/distance_learning/bachelor_of_arts_in_general_studies/

February 14, 2018

Kishwaukee College is celebrating its 50th Anniversary in 2018 and will hold a special 50th Anniversary Kick-Off event on Tuesday, February 20, at 4:00p.m. in the Student Center on campus. The 50th Anniversary Kick-Off will include remarks by local dignitaries and honored guests, the unveiling of 50th Anniversary commemorative video, and light refreshments. The event is free and open to the public.

Located in the center of Illinois Community College District #523 on the farmland purchased from Ralph and Bertha Byro, Kishwaukee College began through a grassroots movement among local community members, with a strong backing from the area’s agriculture community. The original Board of Trustees was elected in spring 1967 and in the summer of 1967, the College’s first president was selected, Dr. W. Lamar Fly from Hillsboro, Texas.

Kishwaukee College opened its doors in September 1968 with an enrollment of 608 students. The students had a selection of 62 courses from which to choose during that first semester, all of which were held in five temporary buildings with the Byro’s farmhouse used as administrative offices.

Today, the College has gone through six construction phases, operates nearly a half million square feet of facilities, and annually enrolls nearly 5,000 students.

For more information on the history of the College and celebration events scheduled throughout 2018, visit www.kish.edu/50th.

February 7, 2018

The Office of Student Services at Kishwaukee College has announced the students named to the Fall 2017 Part-Time Student Honors List.

To be eligible for this honor, a student must have completed a minimum of 6 (but less than 12) semester hours of college-level courses at Kish with a GPA of 3.5 or higher.

The following students have been named to the Kishwaukee College Fall 2017 Part-Time Student Honors List:

Belvidere: Pamela A Hulton and Rachel Lorane Pacey;

Byron: Jeston E Roberts;

Calumet City: Arnell Hill;

Chana: Amy L Cox, Athena P Page and Daniel E Roos;

Chicago: Priscilla M Wise;

Compton: Ethan J Rutten;

Cortland: Natalie R Baert, Eden A Hughes, Felipe Moreno, Jonathan Edward Ostland, Kaitlyn E Peluse Jenna Scheri and Angelique Strine;

Creston: Kendra N Struven;

Davis Junction: Brandon Lathrop and Christa C Mozdzien;

DeKalb: Carlos Hernandez Alarcon, Adeline Clare Andres, Matthew W Angel, Grecia Avalos, Janini Avalos, Joslyn E Barajas, Madison  Basinger, Isabella Maria Bettner, Taylor R Boston, Gail L Bough, Marcus G Brown, Scott Thomas Brown, Rachael D Bumber, Caroline Butler Bushong, Taylor  Caldwell, Taylor Catron, George R Christensen, Emily Corbin, Taylor Joesph Deaton, Tyler Dittoe, Richard Carl Dreier, Norman Gene Donahue, Sara Marie Easley, Robert J Embry, Jeffrey M Fleming, Jose Angel Flores, Charles T Foner, Sara Fulton, Lucas M Gonzalez, Ryan P Griffin, Jacob Giuliano, Heidi Ann Hartwig, Johan Alexis Hernandez, Chau Hoang, Steven J Horton, Keilani M Howery, Kyra Jencks, Krista Adele Johnson, Chizuru Kamiuttanai, Alexandria Grace Kapsalis, Morgan Lynn Karolus, Sarya Kiran, Kayleigh B Kozlowski, Sarah  Krupke, Mila Rose Kvasnicka, Andrea Elaine Larson, Renee K Larson, Rachael Moselle Leifheit, Shelly Ann Levine, Sarah Esther Long, Erik Lopez, Cristopher Luna, Diana T Mazur, Xica  McClain, Josiah  McCroskey, Timothy William McMahon, Grace M Mirotznik, Gabriela Melissa Vianka Isabel Mercado-Corona, Alina Ann Mohr, Akoua Rachel Mombou, Diaz Morales, Ernest J Mueller, Sally Kaelin Mullis, Sibhan I Murphy-Faulkner, Matthew Nederbo, Dawn L Nelson, Philip D Oliver, Garrett Bryce Poff, Savannah Price, Haley  Puffenbarger, Julianna  Orellana, Jair Mahali Granados Ramirez, Brittany E Remington, Richard Rojas, Ashley Victoria Rusho, Taelor Nicole Schmitz, Karen Marie Seibert, Nicholas P Shay, Michael J Sinnott, Phillip Andrew Skokowski, Marc A Soto, Victoria Ghisolfi Mendes Souza, Phillip A Steinberg, Hannah Christina Sutter, Jarius L Tarver, Holly Elizabeth Trapp, Trevor M Taylor, Nick C Valianos, Michael  Vanderstappen, David William Welch, Amanda  Wendt, Chloe Christine Wester, Kayla  Wester, Philip Daniel Wilson, Xingtian Wu, Donnarose Yancy and Daniel Ryan Yonke;

Dixon: Aimee M Hoffman and Katherine Hoffman;

Durand: Caleb Wilburn Combs;

Earlville: Katelyn Gail Schilling;

Esmond: Casey R Kivikko and Dominic Swanson;

Franklin Grove: Casey Marie Lafrentz;

Genoa: Kylie Morgan Dalby, David L Fromi, Anthony Michael Giorno, Donald James Johnson, Laura Anne Kohler, Haley Morgan Kohout, Jesus Lara-Parra, Jayna L Masters, Feliz Gabriel May, Patricia M Mendoza, Christy Schroeder, Aubrey R Schuls-Trongeau, Jennah N Smith, Lauren A Walker and Robert Whitten;

Kingston: Heather A Edwards, Hannah Michelle Harland, Alissa M Lacko, Katelynn Kinsman, Jessica Diane Rodriguez-Lopez and Emma Rose Wille;

Kirkland: Stephanie M Anderson, Jeremy Kent Heilman and Lexie D Leffelman;

Lindenwood: Chelsea Mary Marks, Candace Elaine McMurray, Conrad Benjamin Milton, and Britney Irene Salinas;

Loves Park: Lakeia V Knight;

Malta: Arthur Bettis, Oscar Cabral, Brandon Albert Johnson, Janetta Marie Martina, Adaline C.G. Miner, Jennifer Renee Parker, Claire Plapp and Noah Dominic Smith;

Marengo: Andrew Michael Driver and Zachary Ryan Harris;

Mendota: Amanda M Winn;

Mount Morris: Allison B Page, Jared L Pottorff and Felisha S Toran;

North Aurora: Miles L Venere;

Oak Lawn: Gabriel S. Simeon;

Oregon: Kristen L Abramowicz, Brandi Marie Anderson, Sheila Donmeyer, Clare E Foust, Madalyn Elizabeth Klein, Victoria G Lints, Mason J Tomash, Sophie Charlotte West, Jordan Wilkins and Amy Ladawn Willard;

Oswego: Isaiah James Thomas;

Paw Paw: Julia Bonnie Hoelzer, Gabriel K.C. Johnston, Haley Grace Oros and Alexandra A Soto;

Polo: Valeria Carla Viteri-Pflucker;

Rochelle: Callie Ackland, Carley Ackland, Jaycee L Benson, Chad M Brooks, Kaylie  Clark, Arianna M Dickson, Shannon N Fore, Sandra L Galvan, Alexander Gaytan, Heather Giza, Mariela Arteaga Godina, Lori Ann Hammelman, Stephanie Nicole Hardcastle, Cassandra Lynn Harris, Brooke Danielle Hatfield, Micah Joseph Helgeson, Shantal R Howlett, Michael Andrew Klecka, Laura Angelica Lopez, Matthew C Malaker, Katherine J Mosher, Gonzalo Comrado Ortega, Diana Karina Penaran, Henry Penaran, Valerie M Perkins, Caroline Basye Brown Reidenbach, Kevin K Smith, Caitlyn Marie Stanbery, Cynthia A Sweger, Preston Lee Turner and Ryan Matthew Winterton;

Rockford: Omar Rashid Abed Alfattah, Steven Hessenius and Toby M Moore;

Shabbona: Kristina M Franklin, Megan Devereaux Johnston and Connor Linus Murphy;

Steward: Ashley Suzanne Delhotal;

Streamwood: Keith Shank;

Sycamore: Damian Edward Aguilera, Tamjid  Azad, Riley Anthony Baert, Aaron T Beary, Carolyn A Blanken, Kyle E Boyer, Noah Brock, Melanie Ann Brown, Brian E Buddinger, Rhiannon R Bugna, Jake Daniel Carani, Maryrose Therese Cochran, William R Dancey, Carrie Rae Dominguez, Shelby  Duncan, Ronald L Edwards, Emily N Egerman, Emily  Enriquez, Kaylee M Erickson, Annie K Ferguson, Hannah Dianne Flaherty, Lee Ann Foresman, Gavin P Forsberg, Morgana Jean Gandsey, Bethany  Gisseler, Adam Owen Goodman, Zoe Taylor Grimes, Denise  Grudecki, Danielle L Grum, Myrna F Guerrero, Melissa Gutierrez-Ortiz, Tyler Nathanial Hill, Cooper J Hoffman, Rebecca Lyn Hungerford, Jenna L Johnson, Lindsey Ann Knoll, William K Kroeger, Lindsey  Kwidzinski, Dominic Raphael Lesniewski, Zachary Lewis, Steven Michael Matuszewski, Sarah M McAnally, Douglas Ethan McClain, Meaghan Kathleen McFatridge, Gina Marie Miller, Thomas S Mitchell, Lindsey Nicole Neal, Wesley James Newton, Treyvor S Ney, Jennifer Rose Noreiko, Faith Kenzie O'Higgins, Julia  Perezchica, Meghan K Pinter, Jaedyn Brianne Rager, Jacob Tyler Rajterowski, Kaylie Marie Rapp, Deborah A Rennels, Elissa Pamela Reynolds, Rose M Reynolds, Leslie Rena Scidmore, Alex J Selig, Jenna Hardt Stockl, Kelly M Vanderheyden, Trever John Van Us, Allyson Elizabeth Versluys, Madison N Vonderlinden, Scott  Wagley, Emelia Elizabeth Waugh, Raymond  Wehr and Deanna R Zimmerman;

Waterman: Shayla Raye Koehler, Chelsea Monica Lingl, Tara Ann Richardson and Alan M Suiter;

West Brooklyn: Nichol Ryan Dossett;

Yorkville: Kelly Ann Krajec and Megan Wollenweber.

January 25, 2018

Kishwaukee College is now accepting applications for the College’s Academic Achievement Scholarships for the 2018 – 2019 academic year. This year, Kish will be offering two types of Academic Achievement Scholarships for in-district high school seniors who will be attending Kish in Fall 2018: the President’s Scholar and the College Scholar. The application deadline for both scholarships is March 23, 2018 at 4:00p.m.

The President’s Scholar is a $1,000 per semester scholarship that students may use for four consecutive semesters beginning in Fall 2018 and is available to all in-district high school seniors who have a seventh semester grade point average of 3.75 or above.

The College Scholar is a $500 per semester scholarship for Fall 2018 and Spring 2019 and is available to all in-district high school seniors who have a seventh semester GPA of 3.25 – 3.74. This is a pilot scholarship program for the 2018-2019 academic year.

High school seniors who attend in-district high schools, meet the GPA criteria and who graduate in Fall 2017 or Spring 2018 are eligible to apply. In-district high schools are: Cornerstone Christian Academy, DeKalb High School, Genoa-Kingston High School, Hiawatha High School, Indian Creek High School, Oregon High School, Paw Paw High School, Rochelle Township High School and Sycamore High School. The Academic Achievement Scholarships are non-competitive academic scholarships and all eligible students are encouraged to apply.

For more information or to download an application, visit www.kish.edu/scholarships. Application materials must be postmarked or delivered to the Kishwaukee College Financial Aid Office by March 23, 2018 at 4:00p.m. To contact the Financial Aid Office, call 815-825-9493 or email finaid@kish.edu.

Kishwaukee College: Celebrating 50 years of Pride, Passion & Purpose. Learn more about our yearlong celebration at www.kish.edu/50th.

January 25, 2018

The Office of Student Services at Kishwaukee College has announced the students named to the Fall 2017 Deans List.

To be eligible for Dean’s List honors, a student must have completed a minimum of 12 semester hours (at the 100/200 level) during an academic term at Kish with a semester GPA (grade point average) of 3.50 or higher on a 4.0 scale.

The following Kishwaukee College students have been named to the official Fall 2017 Dean’s List:

Arlington Heights: Nicholas Martin Zyskowski;

Ashton: Lauren Elise Meurer;

Bolingbrook: Cyrus Dale Clark;

Byron: Jenna R Winterton;

Capron: Charles Michael Johnson;

Chana: Brenna Lynnae Berns and Joseph Catalano;

Chicago Heights: Kevin G Lozano;

Clare: Lori G Drake, Tammy L Dreves and Katherine P Salis;

Compton: Alicia Kay Cooper;

Cortland: Susanna M Eschbach, Charles R Gatbunton, James Gillard, Jacob Ihm, Sara Kennedy, Serene S Labadi, Jessica Ann Long, Alexis Madrigal, Alvaro Munos, Victoria D Pham, and Michael Aaron Stockl;

Creston: Noah Patrick Allgeyer, Abigail C Kerns, Ashley M Kerns, and Sarah Marie Swinton;

Crystal Lake: Kevin M Wolfe;

Davis Junction: Mallory Renee Mershon;

DeKalb: Alea J Akers, Bradley Joseph Allen, Kyle Marcelus Anderson, Paige Anderson, Kerim Annameredov, Nehemiah A Armstrong, Arron-John Desmond Atkinson, Gabrielle Bogolin, Ashleigh Nicole Braun, Charles Noel Brindley, Diamonique K Brown, Joshua  Brown, Dakota  Byrn, Jun Y Chen, Nicholas Robert Davis, Kimberly J Fairbanks, Lanee R Faivre, Matthew Xavier Fazekas, Logan Charles Freeman, Dustin A Fultz, Grant Everett Gette, Lauren K Hagelstein, Reed Hall, Dustin Adam Hayes, Lisa Holland, Mark W Hoppenworth, Finn Hostetler, Austin W Isham, Justene N Jennings, Troy Anthony Johnson, Nicholas John Kemmler, Katherine Rose Koca, Andrew Flynn Kozinski, Alyssa Kutz, Thomas W Lambert, Eden Raquel Latham, Riley A Latimer, Caryn Anne Lehocky, Samuel T Lepien, Victoria Jo Leverton, Soscha M Lucero, Abby Dianne Masters, Ryan J McCord, Ada Mayrel Mendez, Larry D Miller, Nailah S Mobley, Alyse Mommer, Sandra C Morales, Jack Timothy Murphy, Christopher Logan Nesemeier, Emily Anne Olson, Oscar  Paramo, Rebecca Leann Paxton, Heather Marie Penniman, Jessica  Plessner, Ataur Rab, Robert Charles Redel, Amanda A Regez, Victoria Resendiz, Stephanie Roach, Trisha Lee Roser, Samuel D Rouw, Khadija Sadia, Sarah Margaret Seibert, Gabriela Serna, Kaitlin Paige Shumaker, Amber Rose Siwe, Elizabeth D Small, Dylan Keith Smith, Lily Catherine Smith-Riel, Larisa Smits, Whitney N Sprague, Joshua L Starr, Danielle L Stiles, Urska Suligoj, Alexandra Victoria Swatkowski, Eric Michael Swineheart, Reynaldo Torres, Jorge Mauricio Trejo, Chi-Chun Emily Tsai, Alec Christopher Tworek, Mary Kristin Veloz, Anne  Von Arx, Zachary Lansing Wagner, Kevin Daniel Warren, Melanie Florence Yaeger, Chad M Young and Willis W Yurs;

Elgin: Carson R Garcia and Sean Conner Roedel;

Esmond: Levi P Johnson;

Freeport: Stephan P Wiest;

Genoa: Nicholas Walter Adamczyk, Steven William Baker, Kira L Bensinger, Scott W Benzinger, Sean P Berna, Sarah D Brown, Elizabeth J Buschbacher, Trevor Lee Carroll, Brett M Devine, Skylar  Doherty, Ryan Gregory Gehringer, Kathryn M Graff, Devin Nicole Guard, Thomas Andrew Hansen, Elizabeth Lorraine Hanson, Kelly M Heuser, Sydney Elizabeth Kaitchuck, Juan Ismael Lechuga, Brandon James Mangum, Amela Music, Jose Luis  Ocelotl, Christian D Ordlock, Derrick Brett Petruchuis, Chase Evan Rogers, Jacob Mahlon Schweitzer, Gabrielle  Wagner, Hannah  Whitten, and Elizabeth Anne Whittenhall;

Hinckley: Morgan F Grivetti;

Holcomb: Brittany Ann Spears;

Kingston: Bailey Boehmer, Kimberley Cheyenne Dabros, Christina Fisher, Chloe Gutierrez, James W Haberstich, Megan Blake Renwick, Savannah R Strohacker, Tasia Nicole Trombley, Cayla Rose Winters, Dexter Lyle Wright and Edwin Yockey;

Kirkland: Heather Bruyr, Molly E Freund, Kortney Mae Jones and Sean P Hines;

Lee: Brandon Paul Griffith, David J Faivre, Richard P Ragan, Amber Shafer and Natalie L Swanson;

Lindenwood: Colton A Beaird, Rachel Rebecca Goffinet, Chandler A Hall and Cole Benjamin Lentz;

Loves Park: Arllisa M Engelbrecht;

Machesney Park: Cole A Damon, Danny C Kaiser and Ashlynn May Tinsley;

Malta: Peter Challand, Cristy L Piwowar-Hein and Irisa Joy Hescott;

Marengo: Andrew Patrick Anchor, Belemino Andrade, Bailey Reid Miller, Christian D Resenbeck and Cade A Simon;

Mount Morris: Allyson Michelle Bartling, Dylan Joseph Geesey and Matthew David Chance Slouka;

Oregon: Devon T Buza, Krista M Heng, Spencer Hoyt Horn, Dominic Marchetti, Abigail Louise Martin, Haley M Mizner, Johnathan Gabriel Prose, Maria P Tranchina and Hailey Ariana White;

Paw Paw: Antonio Solis, Bethany J Strohman and William Scott Zeman;

Rochelle: Megan E Ackland, Celeste I Almaraz, Veronica Jane Avolio, Presleigh Eugenie Belt, Terry Lynn Bunger, Daniel Richard Carlson, Esdras Esau Castillo, Alexis Jill Chappa, Aaron R Davis, Katelyn A Gabbard, Joshua Ivan Gallinar, Bryan Emmanuel Garcia, Hannah Noel Goodnite, Landon R Griffith,  Fabian Hueramo, Jennifer N Johnson, Tiffani P Johnson, Lauren Nicole Kalata, Jaelyn M Kammes, Colin J Kee, Nathan Douglas Keys, Mason T Lamb, Nancy Lopez Torres, Daniel Walter McAnly, Miguel Monroy, Christine J Newman-Askins, Tiffany R Newman-Askins, Allison Marie Nixon, Brianna Elizabeth Ochoa, Jasmyn N Patterson, Ellaine Maria Pontes Correia, Jake Edward Rodriguez, Victoria J Rodriguez Cynthia Ann Roushia, Jose Manuel Salinas, Emily J Scheel, Tariq Ramal Thomas, Reagan L Todd, Alison G Valdivieso, Tyler A Vogt and Michael Joseph Zurbuch;

Rockford: Richele L Harmon and Logan Lamere;

Sandwich: Phillip Arthur Hensel and Andrew C Stone;

Shabbona: Elizabeth M Cursio, Caylee L Greer, Holly Kathleen Rood, Olin Wesley Simpson and Alexandria V Turner;

Steward: Caleb Gould and Lindsey Morgan Miller;

Stillman Valley: Alison R Seiler;

Sublette: Joyce A Papiech;

Sycamore: Melissa Ambrozewski, Colton C Bradt, Keegan B Callahan, Anna C Cantrell, Morgan Marie Culton, Joel E Dodson, Zachary William Dodson, Cory W Ernest, Kerisa Evenson, Gracie A Fischer, Anthony R Gentile, Bryce Richard Hansen, Alexander J Hawkins, Jennifer Hays, Stewart Brooks Hepker, Madeline Christine Humm, Cameron Mitchell Kelley, Alison N Kelly, Jacob Robert Madden, Essie Renee McMahon, Andrew M Novak, Samuel James Alvin Overlin, Kathryn E Parsons, Miranda N Perri, Riley  Powers, Sandra P Ragsdale, Phoebe M Regnery, Brianna M Rennels, Nicholas J Roquet, Victoria Paige Ruud, Allison G Schmidt, Ashley D Sexton, Tanya D Staggs, Elizabeth Rose Swedberg, Joseph Michael Tucker, Eriq Gene D Walker and Stephanie Ann Wisner;

Waterman: Breanna L Henry and Marie Lynn Meskimen-Esser;

Paw Paw: Mariah Erin Mahon;

Port Saint Lucie, FL: Trevor S Sanchez.

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 www.studentaid.ed.gov/sa/fafsa/filling-out/fsaid to create their Federal Student Aid ID (FSA ID) which is required to submit the FAFSA electronically.

For more information on the FAFSA, visit www.fafsa.ed.gov/ or visit www.kish.edu/financial-aid.

September 13, 2017

The path from Kishwaukee College to Northern Illinois University recently got a bit easier with the completion of a Guaranteed Admissions Agreement (GAP) between the two schools.

The GAP program allows students to be admitted to both schools simultaneously which provides access to Counselors/Academic Advisors at both institutions to keep them on their academic track. The dual enrollment helps ensure a seamless transition for the students between the schools.

“We are pleased to be partnering with NIU on the GAP agreement. It is a great opportunity for our students,” said Dr. Laurie Borowciz, President of Kishwaukee College. “Students start at Kish for good reasons, including being undecided on a major and affordability. With fifty-five percent of our students transferring to NIU, it’s important that we work closely together to provide a seamless transition. It’s all about our mutual students achieving their educational goal.”

“There are thousands of people who are proud alumni of both Kishwaukee and Northern Illinois University,” says NIU Acting President Dr. Lisa Freeman. “We are delighted to forge this new agreement that will pave the way for thousands more.”

Under the terms of the agreement, high school graduates studying at Kishwaukee College, who maintain a grade point of 2.0 or better while completing transferable credits, are eligible to transfer into any of the more than 56 undergraduate degree programs at NIU. Students need to sign up for the program at least one year prior to their expected enrollment at NIU.

Students enrolled in the program also can:

• Enroll in the Honors Program at NIU if they maintain a grade point average of 3.2 or better at Kishwaukee College;

• Take advantage of a reverse transfer agreement that will allow students to apply coursework completed at NIU toward completion of their associate’s degree at Kishwaukee, at no additional cost;

• Apply to earn scholarships from NIU.

Participants in the program also receive regular updates from NIU about scholarship opportunities, financial aid deadlines, open houses, and have their application fee waived.

For more information on the Guaranteed Admissions Program email transfercenter@NIU.edu , or call 800-892-3050. Information can also be found on the website of the NIU Undergraduate Admissions at go.niu.edu/gap. For information on Kishwaukee College, visit www.kish.edu.