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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.

Step #1: Complete your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)—available after October 1

Step #2: Complete the Knox Financial Aid Application—available after October 1

We recommend you submit the FAFSA and the Knox Financial Aid Application prior to the dates below to ensure your financial aid award is sent in a timely manner.

When to Apply

First Year StudentsApply ByAward ByEnroll By
Early Decision Nov 1 Dec 1 Dec 15
Early Action I Nov 1 Jan 15 May 1
Early Action II Dec 1* Feb 15 May 1
Regular Decision Jan 15* April 1 May 1

 *Residents of Illinois are encouraged to submit their financial aid applications by November 1 to ensure eligibility for the State of Illinois MAP Grant.

Transfer StudentsApply ByAward ByEnroll By
Fall Term April 1 May 1 June 1
Winter Term Nov 1 Nov 15 Dec 1
Spring Term Jan 15 Feb 1

Feb 15

Returning StudentsApply ByAward By
Students returning to Knox next year Nov 1 June 1

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 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, which has recently been within 6-8 weeks after the FAFSA becomes available. Be sure to file your FAFSA as soon after October 1 as possible. Knox cannot make up the shortfall if you are eligible for a MAP 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 (available after October 1) after you file your FAFSA.

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Printed on Monday, September 26, 2016

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