College & Scholarship Resources

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Determining the most cost-effective, tax-efficient way to fund a college education is not always easy. Many parents would prefer not to think about it at all – hoping that things will somehow work out. Due to the “cross-your-fingers” approach, many families face limited choices for college. In order for families to best prepare for this future event, it is important to understand college pricing, the admissions process, financial aid and how to best navigate the entire complex college-funding system.

The Heartland Institute of Financial Education’s College Planning Program (HIFE CPP) employs a variety of strategies to help position families and students to receive optimal placement and funding. Learn more about this national non-profit organization hereContact local Certified College Consultant, Chantay Moore at or 773-968-0197 to learn about local (Chicagoland) college planning workshops or webinars. 



We’d like to share this valuable resource received from one of our CAIEC council members, a guide that includes basic college information on 50 colleges and universities compiled by the Illinois Association for College Admission Counseling, download here


Check out this website to use as a resource on HOW to write effective scholarship essays.


Scholarship Listing

This list has been created as a courtesy to our peer organizations and students. It is not an exhaustive list of all funding opportunities available. Please contact each of the following organizations directly with any questions or concerns.

Native Organization Sponsored

1) Catching the Dream: – we recommend you start here. Dr. Dean Chavers specializes in working with Native American students and he and his organization offer support finding scholarships, perfecting your scholarship essay and lastly providing funding to cover any unfunded gaps to students. You can email him directly at to get the process started. Download resources he provided to us:

Catching the Dream- How to Find and Win Scholarships

Catching the Dream- Scholarship ESSAY OUTLINE

2) Cobell Scholarship:

3) American Indian Graduate Center Scholarships (AIGCS):

4) Scholarship resources provided by AIGCS:

5) American Indian Library Association Graduate Scholarship:

6) American Indian Science & Engineering Society (AISES):

7) American Indian College Fund:

8) U.S. Bureau of Indian Education:

9) American Indian Services:

Local Scholarship Opportunities to CPS Students and Chicagoland Residents (including non-Native students)

10) Chicago Public Schools Scholarship Resource:

11) City Colleges of Chicago- open to CPS graduates from 2016 and beyond:

Scholarship Search Engines OR Non-Native Organization Sponsored

12) TNL Car Title Loans Scholarship Apply by October 15, 2018:

13) College Greenlight:


15) Fastweb!:

16) Sallie Mae:

17) Big Future College Board:


19) Jack Kent Cooke Foundation:






25) Student Debt Relief:

26) $2000 scholarship: