Financial Aid

Illinois requires FAFSA completion as a requirement for high school graduation.

The rapidly rising cost of a post-secondary education oftentimes makes the decision process extremely difficult and is often centered around affordability and overall cost.  The completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) application can assist your senior with paying for the cost of his/her continuing education.

As of August 2, 2019, Governor J.B. Pritzker signed House Bill 2719 into effect which mandates that:

  • All seniors in the State of Illinois will be required to complete the FAFSA application as a requirement to attain a high school diploma
  • If parent/guardian does want to apply for financial aid, a FAFSA Nonparticipation Form must be filed with District 215
  • Failure to comply may result in student not participating in graduation ceremony

The FAFSA application will officially open on Thursday, October 1, 2020.

The first semester is an extremely exciting time as our seniors begin to take steps toward finalizing their post-secondary pursuits.  We understand that the process can also be consuming, frustrating, and, at times, overwhelming. Please understand the school counselors at T.F. South are here to inform, assist, and support students, parents, and guardians, through the college process.


The Guidance Department hosted a virtual Financial Aid Night on September 15, 2020. If you were unable to attend, here is the information that was provided:

ISAC College Q&A Text Service is for students to use to get their questions about college planning and financial aid answered via text message, and receive important information about college planning events and deadlines. To use the service, simply text your first and last name to 708-252-3890 or for services in Spanish Servicio en español: (773) 823-0570.