Student Financial Hardship Assistance Available

For students facing one-time or ongoing financial hardship, the Office of Financial Aid may be able to assist. Students with one-time unexpected expenses may apply for an emergency grant through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF). This fund was established by the government at the onset of the pandemic to support students with unexpected expenses and exceptional financial need.

Applicants are encouraged to demonstrate such need through documentation or their FAFSA (if applicable). Applications will be accepted until the Illinois Tech allocation has been distributed in full. The application can be found here:

Students who are facing more severe financial challenges through parent job loss, severe medical expenses, or other change in household circumstances may apply for a financial aid hardship appeal. This process allows for a thorough review of the situation to best determine if additional aid is available. For students eligible for federal financial aid, changes to the FAFSA may be made through what is called a professional judgment assessment. Documentation is required for this process as well as any household income or financial impact to ensure integrity in awarding of any federal or institutional funds.

Students who submit hardship appeals will also be considered for HEERF. The hardship appeal form can be found here:

If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Financial Aid directly at 312-567-7219,, or book an appointment here:

Faculty and staff working with students in the above situations are encouraged to direct students to the Office of Financial Aid as well so prompt support can be provided.