The Teen Pay and Stipend page is a new way to see if you’re on track to get paid for the current program session. You can access your personal page by logging back into the After School Matters application using your Application ID Number. Once logged in, you can navigate to the Teen Pay and Stipends Page and see if you are on track to be paid! Learn more.
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.
In order to participate in After School Matters programs, you must turn in a signed Program Acknowledgement, Consent, and Release form at the start of programs. Notify your Instructor immediately if you have any questions or problems completing any of the forms.
Padres y guardianes legales deben firmar este documento si deciden permitir que sus jóvenes menores de edad participen en una excursion con su programa de After School Matters.
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.
Every year, through their Student Leaders program, Bank of America helps connect 225 community-minded high school juniors and seniors to employment, skills development and service. Teens are awarded paid summer internships with local nonprofits such as Boys and Girls Clubs of America and participate in a national leadership summit in Washington, D.C. The Student Leaders Summit focuses on skill building and creating a more civicly engaged society.
Student Leaders is part of our ongoing commitment to preparing young people for a brighter future. If you or someone you know have a passion of improving the community, click here to learn more about our eligibility criteria. The 2018 Student Leaders application period closes on Friday, February 2, 2018.
Thanks to our new parternship with Wintrust Bank, you can now cash your After School Matters stipend check for FREE and avoid fees you would have to pay at a currency exchange. Find participating Wintrust Bank locations here.
Questions? Call our Teen Stipend Hotline at (312) 768-5199.
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.
This summer, After School Matters will help pay for participating teens’ transportation on CTA buses and trains for the first two weeks of summer programs (June 25 – July 6). CTA offers student transit fares during the summer months only if you are enrolled in summer school. After School Matters will pay for the difference between CTA’s full fare and what the student fare amount would be by directly loading money onto a teen’s Ventra card. When a teen uses public transportation during this two-week period, their Ventra card will be charged the full fare amount, but they will only need to add what would be the student fare amount to their card because of After School Matters’ funding support.
To be eligible for this transit support, teens must provide their Ventra card number (16 or 19 digits) and expiration date in the summer 2018 program application. We must have this on file by June 17, 2018 for you to be eligible for CTA/Ventra transportation support.
To receive the CTA/Ventra funding support through After School Matters, teens must enter their Ventra Card Number (PAN) and Expiration Date in their After School Matters Summer 2018 program application. Make sure your card doesn’t expire before July 6, 2018. If you do not already have a Ventra card, you can obtain one either through your school, or through a Ventra vendor or kiosk.
After School Matters will load money directly onto Ventra cards for all teens placed in summer 2018 programs who have entered their Ventra card number and expiration date in the application. Beginning June 25, 2018, funds will be directly loaded onto Ventra cards that have been registered with After School Matters. To be eligible for this support, enter your Ventra card number and expiration date in the application by June 17, 2018. Funds will only be loaded onto your Ventra card if you have been placed in a summer 2018 program.
In order to receive transit support beginning Monday, June 25, teens must enter their Ventra card number and expiration date in their After School Matters application by Sunday, June 17, 2018.
Every teen who is placed in a summer 2018 program is eligible for this support, including rising eighth graders through just graduated high school seniors. However, funds will only be loaded onto a teen’s Ventra card if they have been placed in a summer 2018 program. Teens will know if they have been placed in a program on May 30.
Teens can use an existing Ventra card, or buy a new Ventra card through your school or a Ventra vendor or kiosk. Please make sure your Ventra card does not expire before July 6, 2018.
For the first two weeks of programs—before the first stipend checks are provided to enrolled teens—After School Matters is paying for the difference between full fare and what the student fare would be, so teens will only have to load the student fare rate to their Ventra card to take the CTA to and from programs.
Here’s how this breaks down:
Full train fare: $2.50 one-way + $0.25 transfer = Round trip is $5.50
Student fare: $0.75 one-way + $0.15 transfer = Round trip $1.80
The difference between full fare and what the student fare amount would be (up to $3.70) will be paid by After School Matters through direct load of money onto teen Ventra cards. Teens will need to load up to $1.80 per program day onto their Ventra card.