Watch this video for a step-by-step guide to completing your After School Matters application.
FAFSA is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, but the website provides much more than just an application. You can find resources to help you browse and search for scholarships, information on securing loans and tips to help you manage your accounts.
Learn more about preparing for college, the difference between loans and scholarships, and more here: https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/
Apply or edit your existing application here: https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/
BigFuture is your personal future planner from CollegeBoard — the SAT people! The CollegeBoard website has something to help you at every step of your college planning: take a quiz to help you start mapping your major, search and compare colleges, learn more about financial aid, plus much more. Begin finding your future here: https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/
If you’re looking for an outside scholarship (in addition to what your future college could give you) this is the place to search! Complete a brief survey and this website will tell you which scholarships you’re eligible for and how to apply for them. Start your search here.
When it comes to college planning, it may seem like there are a million things to think about, but don’t worry. Whether you’re a student or parent, the following college planning timelines will keep you on track and in the know throughout high school. Helpful, step-by-step tips cover everything from taking the right classes, making a list of colleges, to filling out college forms and applications on time!
Peterson’s has planning timelines for freshman, sophomores, juniors and seniors to help you on your path to success. Access the College Planning Timeline here.
Use this resources if you’re interested in taking some courses at a local institution and then transferring them to another college later. Learn more about how transferring courses works, how to get in touch with each school’s transfer office to learn about transfer restrictions, and what others steps you need to take so things can transfer smoothly. Begin at collegetransfer.net.
Learn more about college from After School Matters! After School Matters University (ASMU) is for high school freshman and sophomore teens to explore, engage and learn about the post-high school experience during the week of CPS spring break. Teens participate in workshops that provide guidance on choosing a major, debunk campus myths, explore other post-secondary possibilities and much more. ASMU will host discussion panels, college funding and preparation workshops, and will take teens on a college tour tailored to their individual interests during this exciting and motivational four-day program.
The application for ASMU 2017 is closed.
MoneyGeek.com designed this guide to help future and current college students find scholarships, grants, and other information to help them pay for college. Not only does the website list scholarships and grants available to Hispanic/Latino students exclusively, but we also offer tips to students to increase the chances their scholarship applications will be successful.
You can view this scholarship guide here.
OnlineColleges.net strives to be your main resource in online education, whether you’re an experienced online learner, a current student, or are considering attending college online. We provide:
One Million Degrees supports highly motivated community college students to succeed in school, work and life. One Millions Degrees partner community colleges are the seven City Colleges of Chicago, College of Lake County, Harper College, Prairie State College, and South Suburban College.
One Million Degrees applications for 2017 are now closed. Check back in the winter for information about the 2018 application.
With grants for education in the U.S. still primarily based on financial need, students in low-income groups continue to demonstrate the greatest need for financial assistance when it comes to a college education. African Americans are in this category, with income disparity continuing to prevent many students from pursuing a post-secondary degree. To help reduce debt after graduation, minorities including African Americans may be eligible for federal, state, and privately funded education grants to help them earn a college degree. There are several need- and merit-based grants for post-secondary education available to African Americans, including those specific to women, men, or for students pursuing a specific field of study, such as engineering or science.
Students applying to African American grants for education must be African American. Federal education grants are typically awarded based on the applicant’s financial needs, as determined initially by the FAFSA. State and privately funded African American grants may have separate or additional requirements based on the applicant’s place of residence, level of academic achievement, or planned course of study.
Transferology is a nation-wide network designed to help students explore their college transfer options. Our goal is to save students time and money by providing a quick, intuitive way of getting their college transfer credit questions answered.
Students can answer the question “Will my courses transfer?” by adding coursework, exams, and/or military learning experiences to see how many schools in the Transferology network have matching courses that may be awarded when they transfer. They can also find out what their options are for taking classes over the summer (or whenever) at another school to transfer back to their current school by using the “Find a Replacement Course” feature.
This list includes more than 20 local organizations, centers and councils that provide resources specifically to LGBTQ youth.
Access this resource here.
If your check has been lost, stolen or destroyed, fill out this form to let After School Matters know! Click below to access the mobile-friendly form. Once your form has been submitted, a member from our Teen Stipends team will contact you with more information.
If your check has expired, you must mail it back to After School Matters at the below address.
After School Matters
ATTN: Teen Stipends
66 E. Randolph St.
Chicago, IL 60601
This University of Chicago Medicine’s researcHStart program welcomes high school students from the Chicago and Urbana-Champaign areas to explore exciting careers in cancer research. Participants work full time in the laboratories of established cancer researchers, gaining hands-on experience in areas at the forefront of the field: cancer immunology, pharmacogenomics of anticancer agents, bioengineering, experimental cancer therapeutics, cancer disparities, and more. Rigorous research training is complemented by career development and skill-building workshops, a cancer-based faculty lecture series, and a network of faculty and peer mentors dedicated to students’ success. The program culminates in a research symposium for family, friends, and members of the scientific community. Participants receive a taxable stipend of $2,000. researcHStart runs from June 18 – August 10, 2018.
*Chicago Public School students are encouraged to apply.
Applications will open on January 1, 2018 and close on January 31, 2018.
The University of Chicago Collegiate Scholars Program (CSP) is a three-year enrichment program that prepares talented Chicago Public School students for admission and success at highly selective colleges and universities. Students begin the program the summer after 9th grade, and continue through grades 10 – 12. Current 9th graders can apply now! Learn more.
Applications due February 11, 2018.
Educators and Youth Enjoy Science — Chicago EYES on Cancer
June 18-August 10, 2018
Chicago EYES on Caner offers hands-on research training at a top academic medical institution. This program includes two eight-week cancer research experience camps in back-to-back summers and allows you to build your skills year-round through workshops and seminars, receive mentorship from leading medical researchers and earn a stipend.
To apply, you must be a high school sophomore, junior or senior or a college freshman or sophomore. Teens must also be a member of a group underrepresented in the biosciences: Racial/ethnic minority (African American, Hispanic/Latino, Native American, or Pacific Islander), economically disadvantaged, first-generation college-bound, or living with a disability. More details about eligibility requirements and the applications process are available in the application.
Chicago Public Schools students are encouraged to apply!
Applications will open on January 1, 2018 and close on January 31, 2018.
The Art Institute of Chicago now offers free admission for Chicago teens under 18, thanks to the extraordinary sponsorship of Glenn and Claire Swogger and the Redbud Foundation. We are grateful for this opportunity to expand access for the city’s youth.
Learn more about media workshops at the Art Institute here.
Beginning June 1, the Museum of Contemporary Art (220 E Chicago Ave) will offer free admission for all youth ages 18 and under.
Free admission gives you access to the MCA’s programs, including:
Learn more about current and upcoming exhibits and special programming at mcachicago.org.
Love your city. Love your sports. Love our youth.
The Chicago Public Schools (CPS) and the Chicago Park District (CPD) have partnered to support the new Elementary School Sports program. As part of this partnership, CPD will hire and manage oncoming staff, and they’re looking for teens.
American Art History: From Elite to Street is a dynamic, one-semester online course for high school students grades nine through twelve. This course offers students an engaging introduction to the rich and varied art of the United States from the Colonial Era to the early 21st century using complex audio, visual, and written texts. The course is Common Core and ILS (Fine Arts) aligned, providing .5 credit towards graduation. It enables student achievement through project-based lessons and unit assessments, and promotes student-centered discovery of local Chicago art in their own neighborhoods. While the course can be taken by Freshmen, it is recommended for motivated Sophomores – Seniors who are self-starters.