Funded by the College Access Challenge Grant Program, the initiative
builds upon successful outreach strategies including College Access
Vertical Teams, Illinois Mentor and KnowHow2GoIllinois with the
creation of a 78-member Illinois Student Assistance Corps. The corps
will tremendously bolster ISAC's ability to expand its services and
to provide high-quality personal service to students in every single
community in the state.
The purpose of the
Challenge Grant Program is to foster partnerships among federal,
state and local governments and philanthropic organizations through
matching challenge grants that are aimed at increasing the number of
low-income students who are prepared to enter and succeed in
The Illinois Student Assistance Corps will be made up of recent
college graduates recruited from the undergraduate class of 2009 and
will be deployed across the state, with two corps members assigned
to each of the 39 community college districts in Illinois.
Corps members will build partnerships with local schools,
businesses and nonprofits in order to deliver free career and
college planning and preparation services to students from families
with no prior college-going experience. Assistance with career
exploration, college selection, test preparation, scholarship
searches, application completion and the financial aid process are
examples of the services that the corps will provide.
"It's a case of paying it forward. Many of the prospective corps
members we have met talk passionately about how they needed help
navigating through the process as they prepared to go to college,"
said ISAC Executive Director Andrew Davis. "Now, they want to help
the next generation of college students."
The hiring process has already begun, with applications due on
March 31. Interviews will begin approximately three weeks later. The
program provides corps members with a two-year employment contract,
beginning in June 2009, that includes health insurance and ongoing
training, plus provides networking opportunities and the opportunity
to transform the lives of families throughout the state.
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For more information or to apply, contact J.P. Paulus at
800-899-ISAC (4722), ext. 3845, or send a resume and cover letter to
The Illinois Student Assistance Commission provides students of
all ages and backgrounds with the resources and support to obtain
financial aid for higher education. A state agency, ISAC has paved
the path to postsecondary education with innovative programs for
more than 50 years. Last year alone, the agency continued its
mission to make college affordable for Illinois students by issuing
185,000 grants and scholarships totaling more than $448 million.
The commission coordinates educational funding with student
loans, as a loan guarantor and via numerous public programs such as
the successful Monetary Award Program, known as MAP; the Illinois
Veteran Grant; and College Illinois, the commission's groundbreaking
529 prepaid college tuition program. Students and families have free
access to a wealth of financial aid and college planning information
[Text from Illinois Student
Assistance Commission file received from
Illinois Office of
Communication and Information]