Financial Aid

At Triton College, we take pride in offering an affordable education. While Triton's tuition costs are less than those of most major colleges and universities, individuals and families on a tight budget may still have difficulty meeting their yearly expenses. The purpose of financial aid is to help students and their families bridge the gap between their own resources and the cost of attending Triton College.

Financial assistance may be available to students who are enrolled at Triton for as little as one credit hour. This assistance may be in the form of grants, loans, work on campus or various scholarships. Most of our financial aid programs are based on each student's financial need. Whatever your financial status, we can assist you in affording college.

Financial Aid Office

Student Center Building, Room B-160
(708) 456-0300, Ext. 3155
finaid@triton.edu
Fax: (708) 583-3180

Fall/Spring Hours:
Monday - Thursday: 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed 

CONTACTS:
Simon Sieczka
Student Loan Specialist
(708) 456-0300, Ext. 3045
simonsieczka@triton.edu 

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Contact Financial Aid Specialist

Financial Aid specialists are assigned based on the first letter of each student's last name.

 

Last Name begins withSpecialistPhone NumberEmail
A - E

Angelica Anderson

(708) 456-0300, Ext. 3043 angelicaanderson@triton.edu
F - L Rina Garcia (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3741 rinagarcia@triton.edu
M - Q (Veterans A-L) Ruby Hilker (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3651 rubyhilker@triton.edu
R - U (Veterans M-Z) David Rodriguez (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3217 davidrodriguez4@triton.edu
V - Z Nicole LaCognata (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3737 nicolelacognata@triton.edu

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Financial Aid Basics

Financial aid helps students and their families pay for college. This financial assistance covers educational expenses including tuition and fees, room and board, books and supplies, and transportation. There are several types of financial aid, including grants and scholarships, work study and loans. Financial aid awards may include a combination of the various types of aid.

There are two basic types of financial aid: Gift aid and Self-help aid.

  • Gift aid includes federal grants, state grants, scholarships and other benefits (such as veteran's benefits). This type of aid is free and does not need to be repaid.
  • Self-help aid includes student loans or work-study. This type of aid must be repaid or earned.

To be eligible for financial aid (gift aid) you will need to meet these requirements:

  • U.S. citizenship or eligible non-citizenship
  • Illinois residency for state grants only (If you are a dependent, the parent whose information is used must be an Illinois resident)
  • Demonstration of financial need
  • Maintenance of satisfactory academic progress as determined by your college
  • No default status on any student loan, no refund owed on any state or federal grant
  • No bachelor's degree (you may still apply for a federal loan)
  • Compliance with Federal Selective Service registration requirements
  • Not currently incarcerated
  • High school graduate or GED recipient
  • Degree-seeking undergraduate student

The following videos will explain the Financial Aid process in greater detail

Overview of the Financial Aid Process

How to Fill Out the FAFSA

After the FAFSA: What Happens Next

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How to Apply for Financial Aid

To apply for Financial Aid you must fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at FAFSA.gov.

Based on the financial information you enter on the FAFSA, the government uses a formula to decide how much you can pay for college out of pocket. That number is your Expected Family Contribution, or EFC. Triton will subtract your EFC from the school's annual cost of attendance (which includes tuition, living expenses, books, supplies and transportation) to determine your financial need.

If you qualify for need-based financial aid, you will be offered grants to cover some or all of your financial need.

If you do not receive enough gift aid to cover your cost of attendance, or if you did not qualify for any aid at all, you will be given the opportunity to apply for a student loan and/or Triton's work study program.

Financial Aid Application Process

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Frequently Asked Questions

I would like to apply for financial aid at Triton College, where do I start?

Do I have to be a full-time student to receive financial aid?

I need help filling out my forms. Who can I talk to?

Who is my Financial Aid advisor?

What is “verification,” and why was I selected?

How long will it take to complete my file and receive my award letter?

Can I start classes before my financial aid is complete?

I want to drop a class. Will this affect my financial aid?

My financial situation has changed since applying for Financial Aid. Is there a way for reconsideration of my financial aid eligibility?

I appealed my disqualification of financial aid, but I was denied. What else can I do?

When can I get my books?

What happens to any leftover grant money not used for my tuition and fees?

How do I get my Pell Grant refund check?

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Additional Financial Aid Resources (Links & Forms)

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Resources for Undocumented Students

Links

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Illinois Rise Act

Illinois has new Financial Aid options for non-citizens

On June 21, 2019, the Retention of Illinois Students & Equity (RISE) Act was signed into law, with an effective date of January 1, 2020. As described in the enacting legislation, the Act provides that “a student who is an Illinois resident and who is not otherwise eligible for federal financial aid, including, but not limited to, a transgender student who is disqualified for failure to register for selective service or a noncitizen student who has not obtained lawful permanent residence, shall be eligible for state financial aid and benefits…” 

This means that students that cannot apply for a Federal PELL Grant can now apply for the Illinois MAP grant.

Because the RISE Act opens opportunities for students who are unable to receive federal financial aid, ISAC is creating an Illinois-specific online application. Instead of completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), these students will complete the RISE Act application. The data from the application will be used to calculate an expected family contribution (EFC) and determine students' eligibility for MAP.

HOW TO APPLY:
The RISE Act application, patterned after the FAFSA, will be available on January 1, 2020 for the 2020-21 academic year.

Pre-screening questions at the beginning of the application will help students determine which application (RISE vs. FAFSA) should be completed.

For updates and for more information, please click HERE.

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Updates

It’s time to file or renew your FAFSA for the 2020-2021 academic year! 

The 2020-2021 FAFSA application is now open. Students are encouraged to complete their applications as soon as possible. Applying before March 1 will improve a student’s chances of receiving a MAP Grant from the state of Illinois. 

The FAFSA application is located at www.fafsa.gov and students should be sure to enter Triton College’s school code (001773) when asked which colleges they would like their FAFSA information to be sent to. 

In order to better serve our students, the Financial Aid Office has three computers in a semi-private space for students to complete and submit the FAFSA. If you are interested in utilizing the computers, please bring appropriate year's taxes 1040, 1040A, or 1040EZ and W-2 forms and other necessary documents, and the Financial Aid Office staff will assist with any questions you may have as you process your application. Students are encouraged to use the IRS Data Retrieval tool when completing the FAFSA. The retrieval tool will save you time and increase the accuracy of your FAFSA information.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Financial Aid Office at (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3155 or at finaid@triton.edu.


It Pays to PELL!!!

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The Federal Pell Grant may be available to you this summer even if you used the full amount during the fall and spring semesters.

Students may earn a third semester of Pell in an academic year as long as they are enrolled in a minimum of six credit hours and are meeting the Standards of Academic Progress.

If you have any questions about summer Pell and how it may help you pay for summer classes, please stop inside the Financial Aid Office, Room B-160.

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