Programs & scholarships

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

Scholarships, grants & 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 the 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 who 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®: 

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 & 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 who 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 more than $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. (The scholarship application will not be available between Mar. 10 and 19 because of a college electrical panel project. This will affect all technology including the Sandburg website and mySandburg.) We encourage all students to apply. 

To apply online:

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

Check out the Foundation scholarships.



We're proud to offer a range of external scholarships, which 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. 

Since these are external scholarships, Sandburg has limited information on them. Please direct any questions to the originating scholarship organization, usually found on their website or at the end of the application. 


External scholarship opportunities


  • Open date: Feb. 1st (Yearly) | Deadline to apply: May 1st (Yearly)
  • Award amount: $1,000-$2,300
  • Additional notes: Must reside in an eligible county, preference given to students with exceptional need
  • Application link 

ISAC Nursing Scholarship

  • Open date: Mar. 1st (Yearly) | Deadline to apply: Apr 30th (Yearly)
  • Award amount: Up to $5,000 | Nursing students only
  • Application link  

WIRC-CAA Scholarships

  • Open date: Check app for details | Deadline to apply: Check app. for details
  • Award amount: Awards vary, refer to the application for details
  • Application link

Max and Frances Sanford Memorial Scholarship

Louise Rintelmann Thompson "I Believe in You" Scholarship

  • Open date: Jan. 1st 2024 | Deadline to apply: March 15th, 2024
  • Award amount: $3,000 
  • Additional notes: This scholarship will be awarded to a student receiving an associate's degree at a community college who intends to pursue a bachelor's degree as a residential on-campus student at a four-year institution of higher learning. 
  • Application link

Illinois DCFS Scholarship 2024

Ask around 

We encourage you to take advantage of every opportunity to fund your 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.


View Parent (PLUS) loan information. 



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
Galesburg campus, E101