www.KnowHow2GOIllinois.org. College Access Outreach. Reaching Latino Populations. About ISAC. “Making college accessible and affordable for Illinois students.” - Mission Statement
College Access Outreach
Reaching Latino Populations
“Making college accessible and affordable for Illinois students.”
- Mission Statement
The Illinois Student Assistance Commission is the financial aid agency in the state of Illinois. We are a mission-driven, non-profit, state agency that administers over $448 million in scholarships and grants.
College Access Trends
In many instances, students are failing to negotiate three sets of tasks:
Understanding the process:
Finding the right college:
State of Illinois
(My Love for Education) depicts the communication between a mother and a daughter. The daughter is a first-generation college student taking classes at a community college who plans to transfer to a four-year college. Knowledge Gained: Learn about the US higher education system and degree options.
(We Were Not Born Rich) presents the misconceptions that often exist in the Latino community about college access and affordability. Knowledge Gained: Learn about the availability of financial aid and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form.
A young, single mothers shares insight about opportunities and resources available to her as she balances college and work. Knowledge Gained: Learn that it is possible to go to college, even when balancing family and work.
Shows a young Latino male being mentored on the long-term impact of a college education. Knowledge Gained: Learn the value of a college degree.
The mission of community colleges includes a commitment to “…serve the community.”
“Vertical Teams are groups of individuals that come together to assist each other in the promotion of a common goal.”
Four Year College
Two Year College
Financial Aid Officer
Serve as a resource on admission and transfer requirements for 2 yr member; one presentation at 2 yr college
Serve as a resource on financial aid to the HS member; one financial aid presentation at high school
Serve as resource on basic college entrance requirements for Middle School member; one early awareness presentation at middle school
One early awareness presentation for grade school students and parents
Getting Parents Involved
Parent Without College Experience
Fall - Financial Aid Night; Winter - FAFSA Completion Workshop; and Spring - Consumer Economics of Higher Education
Fall - College Fair; Winter - Tax Assistance Services; and Spring - Campus Tours
Getting the Word Out
Things to Consider
“There is no one size-fits-all approach.”