Federal and State Funding
Federal Pell Grant- Federal Pell Grant is gift assistance awarded to undergraduate students. This award may be used toward any educational expenses including tuition, room and board, books, and transportation. Federal Pell Grants are calculated based on the student's level of enrollment.
Monetary Award Program (MAP) Grant- By applying for financial aid and agreeing to share that information with the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) you have been considered for the State of Illinois (IL) Monetary Award Program (MAP) Grant. If you were determined to meet the eligibility criteria for the MAP grant, an award is included on this award letter. This award may be an estimate made by the financial aid office and, if so, is identified as a "State of IL MAP Grant (Est)". MAP grants are limited based on the number of applicants and funding levels appropriated by the Illinois General Assembly. Please be aware that in light of state funding constraints, reductions to estimated or actual MAP grants are possible.
Eligibility for a MAP grant is tracked by the equivalent number of semester credit hours of MAP benefits paid on your behalf. This is called MAP Paid Credit Hours. Payment for each term is being made according to the equivalent number of credit hours eligible for MAP payment, with a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 15 MAP Paid Credit Hours.
There is a limit on the number of MAP Paid Credit Hours that can be paid while you are classified by your school as a freshman and sophomore. This limit is the equivalent of 75 MAP Paid Credit Hours. If this maximum is reached, you must attain junior status for your MAP grant eligibility to resume. The maximum number of MAP Paid Credit Hours that can be received is capped at 135.
If a State of IL MAP Grant (Est) is not included in your award letter, you are not eligible for the grant at VanderCook College of Music.
Minority Teachers of Illinois (MTI) Scholarship- MTI Scholarships are awarded to minority Illinois residents enrolled at least half-time. A teaching commitment is required.
Golden Apple Scholars of Illinois Scholarship- Awards are given to Illinois students in exchange for a commitment to teach for five years in an Illinois school of need.
Federal Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant– Through the College Cost Reduction and Access Act of 2007, Congress created the Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant Program that provides grants of up to $4,000 per year to students who intend to teach in a public or private elementary or secondary school that serves students from low-income families.
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)- The Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) program is for undergraduates with exceptional financial need. Pell Grant recipients with the lowest expected family contributions (EFCs) will be considered first for a FSEOG. Just like Pell Grants, the FSEOG does not have to be repaid.