Illinois Application Process

The Illinois Scholarship Process

To qualify for the Give Back scholarship program, students must show that they can meet a GPA standard of 3.0.
Additionally, they need to be eligible for a full Pell Grant.
Factors contributing to eligibility include household income and family size.
Part of our application process includes a tool that will help applicants understand their Pell Grant eligibility.
We encourage students and their families to participate in the information sessions and at least initial stages of the application process before determining on their own if they are eligible.  

It can be a little complicated – but we can help.

In Illinois, during your ninth grade year:

  • OCTOBER Attend one of OUR mandatory Information Sessions.
    Our in person information sessions have concluded for the 2018-2019 Application Season.
    Our online information session is available here.  Please click the blue button at the end of the video if you are interested in the scholarship.

    ONLINE INFORMATION SESSION
    See below for dates, times and locations of the in-person sessions.

    Peoria High School (Auditorium) – October 11th, 9:15 am
    Plainfield Central High School (Auditorium) – October 17th, 6:00 pm
    Reed Custer High School (Auditorium) – October 17th, 7:30 pm
    Beecher High School (Gymnasium) October 18th, 6:00 pm
    Lockport Central High School (Auditorium) – October 18th, 7:30 pm
    Bolingbrook High School (Cafeteria) – October 23rd, 6:00 pm
    Joliet Central High School (Cafeteria) – October 23rd, 6:00 pm
    East Aurora High School (Atrium) – October 24th, 6:00 pm
    West Aurora High School (Library) – October 24th, 7:30 pm
    OUR IN-PERSON INFORMATION SESSIONS HAVE CONCLUDED.  PLEASE PARTICIPATE IN THE ONLINE INFORMATION SESSION. 

    please click here TO WATCH THE ONLINE INFORMATION SESSION VIDEO BEFORE CONTINUING TO STEP 2

  • NOVEMBER Complete and submit the College Cost Estimator.
    The College Cost Estimator will be shared at the Information Sessions.  This is the tool we use to help families understand whether or not they are Pell Grant eligible.  If you attended an information session, and need the instructions again, please send a request for the CCE link to info@giveback.ngo.
    PLEASE ENSURE YOU HAVE COMPLETED THE COLLEGE COST ESTIMATOR BY NOVEMBER 30TH, 2018
  • JANUARY
    Attend one of the Turnback Sessions.
    Turnback Sessions will help families understand the results of the College Cost Estimator and understand more about financing and planning for college. See below for locations, dates and times for the Turnback Sessions.   

    January 15th, 2019
    Plainfield Central High School (Auditorium) –
    6:00 pm
    Bolingbrook High School (Cafeteria) – 7:30 pm


    January 16th, 2019
    Wilmington High School (Cafetorium) – 6:00 pm
    Lockport Township High School, Central Campus (Auditorium) – 7:30 pm

    January 17th, 2019
    East Aurora High School (Auditorium) – 6:00 pm

    West Aurora High School (Library) – 7:30 pm

    If you are outside of Will County or the Aurora area, you are still welcome to join us at any of our Turnback Sessions.  If you are unable to join us you can discuss the results of your CCE with the staff at the Center for College Costs at 877.687.7291 or via email at info@collegecosts.com  

  • BEFORE FEBRUARY 18th, 2019 Complete a scholarship application.

    If your household is financially eligible and the student’s GPA meets our requirements, then an application must be completed.  We strongly recommend that you complete the application on-line at:www.giveback.ngo/gsbapplication
    If you would like need to print a paper copy to assist you in filling out the application or because you do not have access to a computer, click here.  The application requires household financial
    information (tax returns), grade reports (current and 2 previous years), and reference letters (one school reference and one personal, out of school reference).  

  • MARCH Participate in an interview.If a student is accepted for further consideration, we will schedule an interview.
  • APRIL
    Final determinations
    By April at the latest, all applicants will be notified of the scholarship selection committee’s final decision.