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Financial Aid

Complete Your FAFSA online today!


Make your College experience even more affordable.

Financial aid at Highland Community College is designed to supplement student and family resources in order to help meet the expenses of attending college. We believe in educating students and families about the financial resources available to them to help pay for College and that a lack of finances should not keep people from attending Highland Community College.

Financial Aid Students:

Please read this important announcement regarding Pell Grant eligibility.

Office Hours*

Monday 8:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday 8:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday 8:00 a.m. 1:00 p.m.
Thursday 8:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m.
Friday 8:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m.

*Appointments available outside regular office hours by request.

*During Highland’s scheduled summer hours, the Financial Aid Office is closed on Fridays.

Location: Building H (Student/Conference Center), second floor

Phone: 815.599.3559 / Fax: 815.235.6130




7 Easy Steps to the FAFSA     7 Easy Steps to the FAFSA


Financial Aid “Self-Service” in   

Students may now access “self-service” to help stay on top of the financial aid process. Simply login to R.O.A.R. and select the new “Financial Aid” tab to browse for information.

ROAR Window

  • Check the status of applications and review eligibility status.
  • View an account summary including award history and payment schedule.
  • View satisfied and unsatisfied requirements, as well as academic progress.
  • Download and print required financial aid forms.
  • Access general information and links to helpful web sites.


Federal Pell Grant Lifetime Eligibility

In December 2011, President Obama signed into law the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2012 (Public Law 112-74). This law has significantly affected the Pell Grant Program. Beginning in Fall 2012, students are now limited to 12 semesters (or 600 percent) of Pell Grant eligibility during their lifetime. This change affects all students regardless of when they received their first Pell Grant.

How is the percentage calculated?

The percentages are based on the annual award at full-time enrollment status. If you were a full-time student for both fall and spring semesters in an academic year and you received the maximum annual award, the percentage used is 100 percent. If you were a ¾ time student for each semester and received a ¾ time annual award, the percentage used is 75 percent.

How do I see my Lifetime Pell Grant used?

You may view your percentage of Pell Grant used by logging into Your ‘Lifetime Eligibility Used’ percentage will be displayed in the ‘Grants’ section.

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2998 W. Pearl City Rd. Freeport, IL 61032


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