Resources to help you get started

FinAid is a basic guide to federal financial aid programs (including loans and grants). A free scholarship search is also available at this site.

The Federal Trade Commission website shares information about scholarship scams.

College Zone is sponsored by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) and contains information on how to plan and pay for college. Specific information is provided on grants, scholarships and loans. This is an excellent resource for students and parents who are starting to explore student financial aid options.

FAFSA:  Students and parents can file the Free Application For Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online. A FAFSA is required to receive both federal and state grants, as well as student loans and some VanderCook aid.  Click HERE to start your FAFSA application.

Free scholarship search sites:


The Stafford Loan Forgiveness Program for Teachers

The Stafford Loan Forgiveness Program grants loan forgiveness up to $5,000 for qualifying borrowers. It also allows for forbearance of repayment during the 5-year teaching period leading up to loan forgiveness. More information is available on-line at:

Stafford Loan Forgiveness Program

For an application and complete information call the Federal Student Aid Information Center at 800-4-FEDAID (800.433.3243).

If you have any questions or would like additional information about financial aid at VanderCook College of Music, please contact:

Director of Financial Aid
VanderCook College of Music
3140 S. Federal St.
Chicago, Illinois 60616
Ph: 312.225.6288 ext. 233
or send an email to


VanderCook College of Music

3140 South Federal Street
Chicago, IL 60616-3731
(312) 225-6288

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