The financial aid process can be intimidating.  There are some excellent, FREE resources available to assist you through this process.  It is recommended that all students/families fill our the financial aid information even if a person thinks that they will not qualify.  There are government loans and some scholarship programs that will use your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) information to determine possible monetary awards.  Call the Counseling Center to speak with Mrs. Basil (815-431-2412) with any questions you may have.   

Tried and True Links:
College Cost Calculator  Information from Illinois Student Assistance Commission
Free FAFSA Assistant Provides guidance for filling out your FAFSA  

Text Your Questions on College Planning and Financial Aid:
Text your first and last name to the phone number above.  This service is provided to you through the Illinois Student Assistance Commission.  They are a free and legitimate service. 815-242-4630

Some Out of State Colleges Have a Cheaper Tuition Agreement with Illinois
This is a free and legitimate website that will tell you if Illinois has a special agreement with that school in specific states.  Many times the tuition is cheaper than the regular out of state tuition.  


OCTOBER is time for trade school bound and college bound students to apply for financial aid. 

To apply for financial aid, you will need to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online.

1.  OHS Financial Aid Information Night
Attention Juniors and Seniors and their Parents/Guardians
Monday, October 16, 2017
6:00 PM in the Auditorium

Federal and state financial aid program information was shared for trade school and college bound students.  For questions, please contact Melissa Basil at 815-431-2412.


2.  FAFSA Completion Night

Attention Seniors, Parents and Guardians
On November 13, at 6:00 PM, Ottawa Township High School will be hosting its OTHS FAFSA Completion Night.  The FAFSA is the application needed to apply for grants, scholarships and federal loans for students who will be attending trade school and college.  Families are reminded to fill out the application even if they think they will not be elligible for free aid.  Many schools will look at the FAFSA when awarding their own money, and if you don't have an application on file, your child will not be considered for other sources of free money!  Cody Whightsil with the Illinois Student Assistance Commission will be helping families complete their online financial aid application.  Students and parents/guardians are both encouraged to attend.  Please bring your 2016 tax information.

Please contact Melissa Basil at 815-431-2412 with your questions.

3.  At OTHS:
Cody Whightsil, OTHS ISAC (Illinois Student Assistance Commission) rep, will be in the OTHS Counseling Center this year.  Cody is a free, legitimate resource for our families and has excellent financial aid training.  He will be available in the OTHS Counseling Center, room 203, on Thursdays from 9:00 - 11:00 AM or by appointment.  

Needed Documents for completing your FAFSA:

You will need 2016 income information (these are the taxes you filed this past April.)