College officials note Oct. 1 for first filing of financial applications

Southwestern Illinois College officials are encouraging students to get a jump on filing 2021-22 FAFSA on Oct. 1 using 2019 taxes.

That date is the day people can begin to file for 2021-22 Free Application for Federal Student Aid.

Early FAFSA completion allows for additional funding opportunities such as the Illinois MAP Grant, which has limited funding.

“The application is a student’s first step in receiving financial assistance for college educational costs,” notes the college’s Financial Aid Director Jessica Evans. “Beginning Oct. 1, students currently attending or planning to attend Southwestern Illinois College can file their 2021-2022 academic year FAFSA using 2019 tax information. By filing in October, students can be considered for programs, like Illinois MAP grants, which have limited funding.”

Early FAFSA also allows students and families to have a better understanding of the aid they’ll have available to go to school, enabling them to make a more informed decision about their school choices and plan for a student’s or family’s contribution to the educational costs. To file online, visit

For more information or questions about early filing, call Financial Aid  at (866) 942-SWIC (7942): Belleville, ext. 5558; or email [email protected]


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