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 OfficeStudent Center Building, Room B-160
(708) 456-0300, Ext. 3155
Fax: (708) 583-3180
Monday - Thursday: 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Student Loan Specialist
(708) 456-0300, Ext. 3045
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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 with||Specialist||Phone Number|
|A - E||
|(708) 456-0300, Ext. firstname.lastname@example.org|
|F - L||Rina Garcia||(708) 456-0300, Ext. email@example.com|
|M - Q (Veterans A-L)||Ruby Hilker||(708) 456-0300, Ext. firstname.lastname@example.org|
|R - U (Veterans M-Z)||David Rodriguez||(708) 456-0300, Ext. email@example.com|
|V - Z||Nicole LaCognata||(708) 456-0300, Ext. firstname.lastname@example.org|
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
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.
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?
Each award has different requirements:
- The Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG), Federal Direct Student Loan Program (FDSLP), and Federal College Work Study Program requires students be enrolled in at least six (6) credit hours for the semester.
- Monetary Award Program (MAP), students may be enrolled in as few as three (3) credit hours.
- PELL Grants, students may be enrolled in as few as one (1) credit hour.
I need help filling out my forms. Who can I talk to?
Staff members are available to assist students in the completion of the FAFSA and any supplemental documents needed to complete the financial aid process at Triton College. Please bring all necessary tax documents (1040, 1040A, or1040EZ and W-2s) as well as any supporting documents (SNAP and Social Security benefit statements), to the Student Financial Aid Center in the Financial Aid Office. Call (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3155 for office hours. If a student has questions regarding the completion of verification documents staff members are available to assist. Students may also contact their Financial Aid Advisor.
Who is my Financial Aid advisor?
The student's Financial Aid advisor is dependent upon their last name.
You can find your advisor under "Contact an Advisor".
What is “verification,” and why was I selected?
Verification is intended to improve the accuracy of the information submitted on the FAFSA. Over 30 percent of all FAFSA applications are selected for the process of verification. If selected, the Triton College Financial Aid Office staff will e-mail students requesting additional documentation. Once all of the necessary documents have been received and any corrections processed, the Financial Aid Office will send out an award notification via e-mail and students will be able to view their award letter on their MyTriton Portal at mytriton.triton.edu.
Verification documents are available in the Financial Aid forms below, as well as on the MyTriton Portal.
Note: If selected for verification, it is important to respond to the request for verification documents as quickly as possible, to ensure that the various grant deadlines are met.
How long will it take to complete my file and receive my award letter?
The entire process may take between two (2) and three (3) weeks once all required documents have been received.
Can I start classes before my financial aid is complete?
Yes; however, a student must initiate one of the following FACTS Payment Plans:
Traditional FACTS Payment Plan
This plan is available to all students and is immediately active. A non-refundable $25 enrollment fee is assessed immediately and the first payment is deducted from a bank account or credit card in accordance with the payment schedule available on the student’s portal.
Deferred FACTS Payment Plan
Open only to financial aid eligible students with an EFC (Expected Family Contribution) of less than $4500. Fees and payments are assessed approximately the 8th week of the semester and only if a student’s financial aid file is incomplete or in the event that a student has a complete file and lacks sufficient financial aid funds to cover tuition.
PLEASE NOTE: To enroll in either payment plan option a student must provide valid bank account or credit/debit card information to the FACTS Payment Plan server listed under “Financial Information” in the My Triton Portal.
More information about the FACTS Payment Plan is available through the Cashier's Office and under Tuition and Fees
I want to drop a class. Will this affect my financial aid?
YES! The amount of federal financial assistance that a student receives is based on the completion of all registered course work. Any student who withdraws completely or fails to successfully complete any course work from a semester may be required to return a portion of the federal funds that had been applied to his/her account. The final amount of financial aid earned will be based on the period of time that the student was attending during the term.
Please check with the Financial Aid Office prior to dropping classes!
My financial situation has changed since applying for Financial Aid. Is there a way for reconsideration of my financial aid eligibility?
Yes, if a student can document that the he/she and/or the student's spouse/parents will be receiving a substantially lower income in the coming tax year then they may complete a "Special Circumstance Form," available in the Financial Aid Office. A Financial Aid Administrator will review the student's situation and notify them if adjustments can be made on their FAFSA application.
I appealed my disqualification of financial aid, but I was denied. What else can I do?
Students have the right to appeal the decision of the Financial Aid Appeal Committee. This may be done by submitting a written request to the Assistant Director of Financial Aid, requesting a review of the Financial Aid Appeal Committee's decision. The Assistant Director of Financial Aid's decision will be final.
Students may also look into scholarships and alternative loans. For more information, visit the Triton College Financial Aid Office or call us at (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3155.
When can I get my books?
Pending financial aid funds are credited to your account in the Business Office and will be applied to your institutional charges approximately the third week of classes. Students with sufficient pending financial aid to cover all tuition and fees may use a portion of the remaining Pell Grant funds to purchase necessary books and supplies in the Triton College Bookstore.
What happens to any leftover grant money not used for my tuition and fees?
Any remaining monies after tuition is paid and books are purchased will be issued to students in the form of a check mailed to the home address listed at Triton College within 8 to 10 weeks from the start of the semester.
How do I get my Pell Grant refund check?
Any remaining monies from the Pell grant after tuition is paid and books are purchased will be issued to the student in the form of a check mailed to the home address listed at Triton College . It is the student's responsibility to keep the Admission and Records Office up-to-date with their current address.
If a student has not received their Pell Grant refund check within ten (10) business days from the check issue date, he/she may contact the Financial Aid Office.
Verification Documents 2018-2019
- Asset Form (18-19)
- Bachelor Degree Verification (18-19)
- Dependent Household Verification (18-19)
- Income Assessment Statement (18-19)
- Independent Household Verification (18-19)
- Non-Tax Filer Statement (18-19)
- Proof of Dependency Support (18-19)
- Proof of Illinois Residency (18-19)
- Untaxed Income Verification Form (18-19)
- V1 Standard Verification Worksheet (18-19)
- V4 Custom Verification Worksheet (18-19)
- V5 Aggregate Verification Worksheet (18-19)
Verification Documents 2019-2020
- Asset Form (19-20)
- Bachelor Degree Verification (19-20)
- Child Support Verification (19-20)
- Dependent Household Verification (19-20)
- Income Assessment Statement (19-20)
- Independent Household Verification (19-20)
- IRS Tax Return Transcript Non-Tax Filer Instructions (19-20)
- Non-Tax Filer Statement (19-20)
- Non-Tax Filer Statement of Intent (19-20)
- Proof of Dependency Support (19-20)
- Proof of Illinois Residency (19-20)
- SNAP Verification Worksheet (19-20)
- Untaxed Income Verification Form (19-20)
- V1 Standard Verification Worksheet (19-20)
- V4 Custom Verification Worksheet (19-20)
- V5 Aggregate Verification Worksheet (18-19)
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.
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 email@example.com.
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.