Parent and Family Guide

The cost of college is a concern for nearly every student and family.  This is where we can help.  The Office of Student Financial Assistance provides a comprehensive range of services that help to bridge the gap between the financial resources of students and their families and the cost of education at College of DuPage, helping to eliminate the economic barrier in obtaining a college education. 

As you look at ways to finance your student’s college education, we are here to help you – the parent – navigate the financial assistance process with your student.  

Applying for Financial Assistance

  • How do we apply for financial assistance? Is there someone we can meet with to talk about financial assistance?
  • I don’t claim my student on our taxes. Do I still need to provide our tax information on the FAFSA?
  • I am divorced and/or separated, how do we fill out the FAFSA?
  • Our income has changed.  How do we tell FAFSA that?
  • We already completed our FAFSA but we have not received anything in the mail from COD.
  • How can I check the status of my student’s financial aid?
  • Can financial assistance information be emailed to me, the parent?

Student Loans

  • How do we apply for a student loan?
  • How much of a loan can we request?
  • We want to apply for a Parent PLUS Loan. Where do we go?
  • What if I am denied for a PLUS Loan?
  • Can we use the loan funds for housing costs?

Managing Costs

  • I have a 529 Plan, how do I use that to pay for my student’s tuition?
  • Is there financial assistance available to pay for housing costs?
  • How do we buy their books with their financial aid?
  • We live out of district, how will this affect financial aid?
  • Are there payment plans available?
  • How can I see my student’s bill?

Financial Aid Tips 

  1. Apply for everything and apply early!
  2. If you have questions, we do have walk in representatives available Monday – Friday to help you with the process.

Helpful Resources

Contact Information

Office of Student Financial Assistance
Student Services Center (SSC), Room 2220, (630) 942-2251
Fax: (630) 942-2151

Summer Hours (Through Aug. 9)
Monday to Thursday: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Friday: Closed

Regular Hours
Monday to Thursday: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Friday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.