Programs And Scholarships

The Financial Aid Office assists students in applying for federal, state, and institutional funds to help them meet their educational costs. Our goal is to make it financially possible for all qualified students to attend Sandburg. 

Scholarships, Grants, and Waivers

Scholarships are awarded based on a variety of factors such as academic achievement, major, talent, leadership, the field of study, and/or financial need. Scholarships, grants, and waivers do not have to be repaid. 


Apply Through Foundation Scholarship Tab Above:

Discover Scholarships: Offered to non-traditional students who enroll in academic programs selected by the college

Dual Credit Success Scholarship: Offered to graduating seniors who participated in dual credit at Sandburg

Galesburg Promise: Pays toward tuition for Galesburg High School graduates

Mortuary Science: For students currently enrolled in the Mortuary Science program.

Presidential Scholarship: Based on academic excellence, for students that graduated from an in-district high school

Sampson Promise: Pays toward tuition for graduates from United High School, Monmouth-Roseville High School and Home Schooled graduates within district boundaries.


Apply Through FAFSA ®:

Dual Credit Pell: This experimental program allows dual credit students to apply for the Pell Grant

Federal Pell Grant: This award is based on financial need, funds provided by the federal government.

Illinois Monetary Award Program (MAP): Need based grant for Illinois students attending Illinois colleges

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG): A federal grant for students with exceptional need as demonstrated by the FAFSA ® EFC. 


Apply Through Links Provided:

Athletic and Talent Scholarships: For students with exceptional talent in athletics, music, theatre, art, creative writing, and journalism.

Tuition Adjustment for Cooperative Agreements (TCOOP): Waives out-of-district tuition for students outside Sandburg who enroll in a program not offered in their home district

Out of District Tuition Waiver Request (TIDAJ): Waives the out-of-district portion of tuition for students with permanent residency out-of-district/state that will be residing within the Community College District 518.

Study Abroad Scholarships: for students who qualify for Pell to participate in Study Abroad. 

Veteran & Military Benefits: Veteran benefits may cover tuition or other educational expenses for qualifying veterans who reside in Illinois

Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA): Provides funding and resources to help individuals with barriers to employment, such as those with disabilities, veterans, and low-income individuals, gain the skills and training they need to succeed in the workforce.

Foundation Scholarships

Thanks to our generous donors, Carl Sandburg College Foundation is able to award over $100,000 each year in scholarship dollars to Sandburg students. Apply between October 1 and March 22 for the upcoming year (priority consideration deadline is Mar. 22; please note the Carl Sandburg College electrical panel project from Mar. 10-19 will affect all technology including the Sandburg website and mySandburg. During this timeframe, the scholarship application form will not be accessible). We encourage all students to apply. 

To Apply Online:

  1. Go to
  2. Login using mySandburg
  3. Go to "Student Apps"
  4. Click on the "Scholarship Application" button

Check out Foundation Scholarships



Welcome to our scholarship opportunities page! We are proud to offer a range of external scholarships for our students. The scholarships listed below cover a variety of fields of study and have different eligibility criteria, award amounts, and application deadlines. Browse through the cards to find the scholarships that best match your interests and qualifications. 

Please note that these are external scholarships which Sandburg has limited information on. All questions regarding individual scholarships should be directed to the originating scholarship organization, usually found on their website or at the end of the application. 


List of External Scholarship Opportunities


  • Open Date: Feb 1st, 2023 | Deadline to apply: May 1st, 2023
  • Award Amount: $1000-2300
  • Additional Notes: Must reside in eligible county, preference given to students with exceptional need
  • Application link: 

IDPH Nursing Scholarship

WIRC-CAA Scholarships

  • Open Date: Check App. For details | Deadline to apply: Check App. For details
  • Award Amount: Awards Vary, refer to application for details
  • Application Link: 

Max and Frances Sanford Memorial Scholarship

Ask Around: 

We encourage all of our students to take advantage of every opportunity to fund their education. In addition to the external scholarships listed on this page, there are many local scholarship opportunities available to you, including:

  • Local credit unions
  • Churches
  • Community foundations
  • Community organizations

Don't hesitate to reach out to these organizations and ask about their available scholarship opportunities. Every little bit helps, so take the time to explore all of your options and invest in your future!


Sandburg participates in the Federal Direct Loan program and will certify alternative loans as requested. The Federal Direct Loan Program is a low-interest loan made to the student by the federal government to help pay for education expenses. The interest rate is variable and will change each year on July 1. Loans MUST BE REPAID.


Parent (PLUS) loan information can be Parent Plus Loans page



Work Study

Work study programs are part-time jobs (usually on-campus) awarded to students who demonstrate financial need. Work study jobs are often related to a student’s field of study, but not always. The hours are adjusted around your academic schedule. 




Financial Aid Office
Location: Main Campus E101
Phone: 309.341.5283