Illinois Preschool Scholarship Application Now Available

CHICAGO, Ill. (WEHT) The Illinois Student Aid Commission (ISAC) announced the launch of the Equality Early Childhood Access Consortium (ECACE) Scholarship for the 2021 school year -22. This was created to address the shortage of early childhood educators and build a strong and well-prepared workforce in this field.

“ISAC looks forward to serving Illinois through the new ECACE scholarship, which is part of a larger investment that will improve equity and access not only for those working in the early years field,” but also for families who will benefit in many ways from a diverse and highly skilled workforce, ”said Eric Zarnikow, ICCS Executive Director. “Scholarship funds are available for this 2021-2022 academic year, so we want to encourage interested students to apply as soon as possible. “

The scholarship covers the full tuition fees for the 2021-22 school year after receipt of further financial aid. Students at participating private nonprofit schools may not receive more than the cost of the most expensive program of study that would be available at a public college in Illinois, again, after other financial aid has been given. been applied. At the end of the study program, beneficiaries must return to either childcare or preschool education work.

Those who wish to apply for the scholarship must have previous work experience in early childhood education or be currently employed in this field. This includes work in a family setting or in a childcare setting. A Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the academic year must also be completed in order to apply.

The ECACE scholarship will also involve student support geared towards working adults. These “browsers” will help you with the application and financial aid process. Once admitted into a study program, ECACE-eligible students will also receive additional support to help them with their studies.

“This scholarship program will help remove financial barriers for community college students in our state to pursue their education and create a better life for themselves while filling a critical labor shortage in Illinois,” said Brian Durham, executive director of the Illinois Community College Board.

For more information on the scholarship, click on here. For more information on ISAC, click here.

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