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How to Apply for Financial Aid


Office of Financial Aid

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999


800-678-KNOX (Toll Free)



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Two easy steps.

Completing your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and the Knox Financial Aid Application will get you on your way to applying for all financial assistance -- grants, work study, educational loans, and more. The sooner you apply, the better.

Step #1: Complete your FAFSA by February 1, or as soon as possible thereafter

  • The FAFSA utilizes information from your 2015 tax returns. If your 2015 taxes are not prepared, file with estimates and update your FAFSA when your 2015 tax returns are completed.

Step #2: Complete the Knox Financial Aid Application

What to Expect

  • Shortly after you file your FAFSA, you will receive a Student Aid Report (SAR) from the Federal Student Aid Programs. Your SAR will arrive by e-mail if you provide an e-mail address, or by regular mail if you do not. Carefully review the SAR and make any necessary changes at
  • We will begin to send official financial aid awards in February to admitted first-year students who have submitted all requested documents. Returning students can expect notifications in June/July.
  • We will contact you if other documents are required prior to preparing or finalizing your financial aid award.

Illinois Residents

Monetary Award Program (MAP) grants are awarded until State of Illinois funds are depleted. Funds were exhausted by mid February in previous years, so be sure to file your FAFSA as soon as possible. Knox cannot make up the shortfall if you are eligible for the grant but file your FAFSA too late to receive it.

Special Circumstances

If your family anticipates a reduction in income, has incurred high medical or dental expenses, pays private elementary or high school tuition for siblings, makes educational debt payments, or has other unique circumstances, you may wish to complete a Special Circumstances Form (PDF) after you file your FAFSA.

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