Financial Aid

At Triton College, we take pride in offering an affordable education. While Triton's tuition costs are less than those of most major colleges and universities, individuals and families on a tight budget may still have difficulty meeting their yearly expenses. The purpose of financial aid is to help students and their families bridge the gap between their own resources and the cost of attending Triton College.

Financial assistance may be available to students who are enrolled at Triton for as little as one credit hour. This assistance may be in the form of grants, loans, work on campus or various scholarships. Most of our financial aid programs are based on each student's financial need. Whatever your financial status, we can assist you in affording college.

  In-Person Hours
Financial Aid Office
Student Center - B Building,
Room B-160
(708) 456-0300, Ext. 3155
Fax: (708) 583-3180
Fall/Spring Hours:
Monday - Thursday: 8AM-7PM
Friday: 8AM-4PM
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed
Summer Hours:
Monday - Thursday: 8AM-7PM
Friday: Closed
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed 

Financial Aid Documents

Submit Documents Online

Instructions on How to
Submit Documents Online

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FAFSA Simplification Act

As a result of the FAFSA Simplification Act, Federal Student Aid is updating the FAFSA process to expand access to federal student aid and provide an easier, streamlined FAFSA experience for students and families. Please see the below video on the changes to the FAFSA application.

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Financial Aid Events

Click here to register for FAFSA/Alternative Application Workshop on 5/1/24.

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Contact Financial Aid Specialist

Financial Aid specialists are assigned based on the first letter of each student's last name.


Last Name begins withSpecialistPhone NumberEmail
A - F LaTanya Walls (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3531
G - M Felicia LaGioia (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3741
N - R Eric Mango (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3217
S - Z April Sharelis (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3616
Veterans (A - M) April Sharelis (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3616
Veterans (N - Z) LaTanya Walls (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3531

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Financial Aid Basics

Financial aid helps students and their families pay for college. This financial assistance covers educational expenses including tuition and fees, room and board, books and supplies, and transportation. There are several types of financial aid, including grants and scholarships, work study and loans. Financial aid awards may include a combination of the various types of aid.

There are two basic types of financial aid: Gift aid and Self-help aid.

  • Gift aid includes federal grants, state grants, scholarships and other benefits (such as veteran's benefits). This type of aid is free and does not need to be repaid.
  • Self-help aid includes student loans or work-study. This type of aid must be repaid or earned.

To be eligible for financial aid (gift aid) you will need to meet these requirements:

  • U.S. citizenship or eligible non-citizenship
  • Illinois residency for state grants only (If you are a dependent, the parent whose information is used must be an Illinois resident)
  • Demonstration of financial need
  • Maintenance of satisfactory academic progress as determined by your college
  • No default status on any student loan, no refund owed on any state or federal grant
  • No bachelor's degree (you may still apply for a federal loan)
  • Compliance with Federal Selective Service registration requirements
  • Not currently incarcerated
  • High school graduate or GED recipient
  • Degree-seeking undergraduate student

The following videos will explain the Financial Aid process in greater detail

Overview of the Financial Aid Process

How to Fill Out the FAFSA

After the FAFSA: What Happens Next

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How to Apply for Financial Aid

To apply for Financial Aid you must fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at

Based on the financial information you enter on the FAFSA, the government uses a formula to decide how much you can pay for college out of pocket. That number is your Expected Family Contribution, or EFC. Triton will subtract your EFC from the school's annual cost of attendance (which includes tuition, living expenses, books, supplies and transportation) to determine your financial need.

If you qualify for need-based financial aid, you will be offered grants to cover some or all of your financial need.

If you do not receive enough gift aid to cover your cost of attendance, or if you did not qualify for any aid at all, you will be given the opportunity to apply for a student loan and/or Triton's work study program.

Financial Aid Application Process

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Frequently Asked Questions

I would like to apply for financial aid at Triton College, where do I start?

Do I have to be a full-time student to receive financial aid?

I need help filling out my forms. Who can I talk to?

Who is my Financial Aid specialist?

What is “verification,” and why was I selected?

How long will it take to complete my file and receive my award letter?

Can I start classes before my financial aid is complete?

I want to drop a class. Will this affect my financial aid?

My financial situation has changed since applying for Financial Aid. Is there a way for reconsideration of my financial aid eligibility?

I appealed my disqualification of financial aid, but I was denied. What else can I do?

When can I get my books?

What happens to any leftover grant money not used for my tuition and fees?

How do I get my Pell Grant refund check?

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Financial Aid can now be used online at the Triton College Bookstore. At the time of checkout, please select the Financial Aid option and enter in your 7-digit Colleague ID number, which can be found on your schedule. Any purchases are dependent on funds available. Restrictions may apply.

Scholarships can now be used online at the Triton College Bookstore. Please contact the Financial Aid office first for approval of funds and a voucher. At the time of checkout, please select the Scholarship Voucher option and enter in your 7-digit Colleague ID number, which can be found on your schedule.

It’s time to file or renew your FAFSA application! ! 
Students are encouraged to complete their FAFSA application as soon as possible. Applying before December 1 will improve a student’s chances of receiving a MAP Grant from the state of Illinois.

The FAFSA application is located at and students should enter Triton College’s school code (001773) when asked which colleges they would like their FAFSA information to be sent to. 

In order to better serve our students, the Financial Aid Office has a FAFSA Lab with computers for students to complete and submit the FAFSA. If you are interested in utilizing the computers, please bring appropriate year's taxes and the Financial Aid Office staff will assist with any questions you may have as you process your application. It’s important to create your FSA ID beforehand as it takes up to 24 hours for the FSA ID to be activated which is required to complete the FAFSA.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Financial Aid Office at (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3155 or at

Special/Unusual Circumstances

If your financial situation has changed significantly since you completed your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), you may contact the Financial Aid Office to conduct a review. Updated income and tax information must be provided for the review.

Examples of changes to you or your parent’s financial situation:

  • Unemployment
  • Dependency Status Change
  • Unusual medical or dental expenses not covered by insurance
  • Marital Status Change (divorce, separation, widowed)

Unusual circumstances do NOT include:

  • Parents will not provide information on the FAFSA
  • Parents do not claim the student as a dependent on taxes or if the student is self sufficient
  • Resigning or leaving a job voluntarily
  • Voluntarily decreasing work hours to attend college
  • Credit card or mortgage debt

If you would like to pursue a special/unusual circumstances review, please email the financial aid office at