Student Services

May 17, 2018

The Federal Department of Education has increased the amount of Pell Grant available for summer semester. Students who attended Kishwaukee College full time during the Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 semester may be eligible for Pell funding if enrolled in at least six credits this summer. The Federal Pell Grant Program provides need-based grants to low-income undergraduate students.

Cynthia Stonesifer, Director of Financial Aid and Veterans Affairs, enthused, “Taking summer classes is a great way to accelerate the time it takes to complete your degree or program. Many students will have increased eligibility for the Pell grant in the summer. We are hopeful that they will take advantage of this opportunity.”

Students may have summer Pell eligibility for the amount of their full-time eligibility for one semester. For example: If the student was awarded a full-time Pell grant of $4000 for the year -- $2000 each semester, they would now be eligible for up to another $2000 in the summer if enrolled in 12 credits and $1000 if enrolled in 6 credits. All other eligibility requirements stay the same.

Additionally, as in previous years, students who did not use all of their Pell Grant in the 2017-2018 school year may use their remaining Pell towards summer classes, no minimum credits required.

To apply for the Federal Pell Grant Program, file a 2017-18 FAFSA at www.fafsa.gov. After a student’s FAFSA is processed and student is registered for summer courses at Kishwaukee College, the Financial Aid Office will determine the amount of Pell Grant student is eligible to receive.

Stonesifer explained, “We recommend that students check their myKC self-service or their summer award, after they register. This is a manual process, so we only award those who register. Students can stop in the office to speak with someone to get an estimate of what they may receive prior to registering.” The Financial Aid Office will update student’s financial award letter, which Kish students may view in myKC under Self-Service Financial Aid.

For more information visit www.kish.edu/summer.

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May 10, 2018

Kishwaukee College will hold its third annual Homeschool Visit Day on Thursday, May 31 from 8:30–11:30 am in the Kishwaukee College Conference Center. The Homeschool Visit Day begins with check-in from 8:30–9:00 am and will include a presentation on Dual Credit options; a Student Panel; and a campus tour. There will also be a Resource Fair with information on everything from financial aid to free tutoring.

Michelle Rothmeyer, Vice President of Student Services, noted that Kishwaukee has welcomed homeschool students to campus for many years and that the College has seen an increase in the number of homeschool students enrolling.

“This is our third homeschool event at Kish. During previous years we received positive feedback from the families in attendance,” she explained. “I think most families were impressed with the variety of options on our campus that are offered with the same personal touch that is at the center of the homeschool experience. Students can take classes here to enhance their homeschool academics, as well as prepare for the university or workplace. We look forward to welcoming new and returning families to this year’s event.”

Participants should park in Parking Lot A and enter through Doors #16 and #17. This event is free and open to the public.

For more information contact Student Outreach at 815-825-9460 or at studentoutreach@kish.edu. To pre-register for Homeschool Visit Day, visit www.kish.edu/homeschool.

April 5, 2018

Kishwaukee College is preparing for the Summer and Fall 2018 semesters with registration beginning online on April 9 at 6:00 a.m. and in-person on April 10 at 8:00 a.m. The Summer session begins May 29 and the Fall semester begins August 20.

In-person registration will take place in the Student Services Office, Room C2100 in the Student Center, at Kishwaukee College. Students should come with a list of the courses they are requesting and alternates in case first choice classes and sections are full and/or closed. Students registering in-person must also present a photo ID before registering.  

All new students must have filled out a Student Information Form before they can register.

Tuition for the Summer 2018 session is due by close of business on May 21. Tuition for Fall 2018 is due by close of business on July 31. Students must have paid tuition or have turned in all required financial aid documents by that date to retain their schedule.

For more information on enrollment at Kishwaukee College, contact Student Outreach at 815-825-9460 or studentoutreach@kish.edu;  for information on Registration for Summer or Fall 2018, contact Student Services at 815-825-9375 or at onestop@kish.edu.

February 22, 2018

Kishwaukee College has a new agreement with Western Illinois University to facilitate the transfer of students to WIU. The new agreement goes into effect immediately.

Dr. M. Joanne Kantner, Vice President of Instruction at Kish, stated, “The truly great aspect of this new agreement is that it benefits students who want to transfer to WIU’s Macomb or Quad Cities campus but there is also a bachelor’s completion program that is entirely online which particularly benefits adult students who may be geographically bound to our local area because of work or family obligations.” 

The WIU agreement with Kishwaukee accepts students who are enrolled in any of Kish’s two-year degree programs – Associate in Science, Associate in Arts, Associate of Fine Arts, Associate in Engineering Science and Associate in Applied Science – and who have completed a minimum of 24 hours of college-level coursework into the WIU Bachelor of Arts in General Studies (BGS) Degree Program. Students must apply for admission to WIU and meet the university’s admission criteria to be enrolled in the program.

For students interested in pursuing a career in law enforcement, there is an additional pathway. Beginning with the Fall 2018 academic term, students may pursue the Integrated Bachelor of General Studies with a minor in Law Enforcement and then move on to a Masters in Law Enforcement, all completed online. Kantner stated, “I think this will be a really great opportunity for students to add a Master's degree with just 24 credits beyond a Bachelor's, if they opt for the thesis track, or 30 credits, if they opt for the non-thesis track.”

In addition, students who graduate from Kish from the Honors Program will be eligible to transfer to WIU as members of the Centennial Honors College. Ten credit hours of Honors coursework from Kishwaukee will be counted as sufficient to complete the requirements for Lower Division Honors Scholar designation at WIU.

Kantner noted, “This is a great opportunity for our students to complete a bachelor’s degree that has flexibility. A BGS degree is one that the student can work with an advisor to create a degree program that meets their career goals.”

The BGS fully online option makes it a degree that will fit in with many non-traditional students’ lives. Kantner also added, “There are also many online minors that students could complete in addition to the BGS degree that would increase the effectiveness of the degree in terms and lead to enhanced employability.” 

“I am very excited about this new agreement with Kishwaukee College,” Dr. Jeff Hancks, Executive Director of WIU’s School of Distance Learning said. “WIU has a long history of helping Kish Students achieve their dream of earning an affordable, quality Bachelor’s degree. This new agreement should make it even easier for students to begin a Bachelor’s at Kish and finish at Western, either online or in Macomb or the Quad Cities. We look forward to working with many more outstanding Kish students in the future.”

Online minors offered through WIU include: Accountancy; Anthropology; Business; Computer Mediated Communication, Computer Science – Microcomputer Applications; Economics; Finance; Fire Administration; Geographic Information Systems; Geography; History; Industrial Technology; Law Enforcement and Justice Administration; Management; Marketing; Political Science; Psychology; Recreation, Park, and Tourism Administration; Religion; Sociology; Supply Chain Economics; Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages; and Women’s Studies.

Kishwaukee College students who are interested in the BGS program available through the new partnership with Western Illinois University should contact Sean Kesselring, Lead Academic Advisor at Kishwaukee College, at 815-825-9822 or via email at skesselring@kish.edu. Please enter “WIU- BGS Program” in the email subject line.

For information on the BGS degree, contact Jennifer Tibbits, Director of the General Studies Program at Western Illinois University at JL-Tibbitts@wiu.edu or visit http://www.wiu.edu/distance_learning/bachelor_of_arts_in_general_studies/

September 29, 2017

Cyndi Stonesifer, Director of Financial Aid at Kishwaukee College, wants to remind area residents that the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) filing date will open on October 1. She stated. “For anyone planning to attend Kishwaukee College or any other college or university in the 2018 - 2019 academic year, the filing date will open on October 1, 2017.”

The FAFSA is the basic building block of all financial aid packaging for college students across the U.S. Filing the FAFSA is the first step in determining what federal or state financial aid a student is eligible for, including Pell Grants, Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (SEOG) Federal Direct Student Loans and the Illinois Monetary Award Program (MAP Grants). Filing early may qualify a student for funding from a wider variety of financial aid sources. The Illinois MAP grant, for example, has a limited amount of funds to award and is dispersed in a “first come, first served” format, making filing the FAFSA early a necessity in qualifying for MAP funds.

Stonesifer added, “The 2018-19 FAFSA will use information from the 2016 Tax Forms – forms that were completed and filed six months ago. In addition, it allows students to easily use the IRS Retrieval Tool which automatically links the filed tax forms with the FAFSA form. It makes filing for FAFSA a lot easier.”

Kishwaukee College is planning to hold its annual FAFSA Completion Night on October 24 from 6 – 7:00p.m. in Room A1345 at the College. Stonesifer added, “The local high schools in our district have done a great job getting the word out about the FAFSA filing date, but I want to make sure that all students are aware of the change in filing date.”

The FAFSA Completion Night allows students and their parents an opportunity to fill out the FAFSA form with assistance from financial aid professionals from Kishwaukee College and high school guidance counselors from Kishwaukee Educational Consortium (KEC). Any student who would like assistance is welcome to attend the FAFSA Completion Night.

Students should bring their 2016 income information, including their 2016 Federal Tax information or Federal 1040 tax forms (if filed) or W-2 forms.  Students and parents should know their social security numbers and driver’s license or alien registration numbers. Prior to attending the FAFSA Completion Night, students filing the FAFSA for the first time and parents should go to www.studentaid.ed.gov/sa/fafsa/filling-out/fsaid to create their Federal Student Aid ID (FSA ID) which is required to submit the FAFSA electronically.

For more information on the FAFSA, visit www.fafsa.ed.gov/ or visit www.kish.edu/financial-aid.

September 13, 2017

The path from Kishwaukee College to Northern Illinois University recently got a bit easier with the completion of a Guaranteed Admissions Agreement (GAP) between the two schools.

The GAP program allows students to be admitted to both schools simultaneously which provides access to Counselors/Academic Advisors at both institutions to keep them on their academic track. The dual enrollment helps ensure a seamless transition for the students between the schools.

“We are pleased to be partnering with NIU on the GAP agreement. It is a great opportunity for our students,” said Dr. Laurie Borowciz, President of Kishwaukee College. “Students start at Kish for good reasons, including being undecided on a major and affordability. With fifty-five percent of our students transferring to NIU, it’s important that we work closely together to provide a seamless transition. It’s all about our mutual students achieving their educational goal.”

“There are thousands of people who are proud alumni of both Kishwaukee and Northern Illinois University,” says NIU Acting President Dr. Lisa Freeman. “We are delighted to forge this new agreement that will pave the way for thousands more.”

Under the terms of the agreement, high school graduates studying at Kishwaukee College, who maintain a grade point of 2.0 or better while completing transferable credits, are eligible to transfer into any of the more than 56 undergraduate degree programs at NIU. Students need to sign up for the program at least one year prior to their expected enrollment at NIU.

Students enrolled in the program also can:

• Enroll in the Honors Program at NIU if they maintain a grade point average of 3.2 or better at Kishwaukee College;

• Take advantage of a reverse transfer agreement that will allow students to apply coursework completed at NIU toward completion of their associate’s degree at Kishwaukee, at no additional cost;

• Apply to earn scholarships from NIU.

Participants in the program also receive regular updates from NIU about scholarship opportunities, financial aid deadlines, open houses, and have their application fee waived.

For more information on the Guaranteed Admissions Program email transfercenter@NIU.edu , or call 800-892-3050. Information can also be found on the website of the NIU Undergraduate Admissions at go.niu.edu/gap. For information on Kishwaukee College, visit www.kish.edu.