PACE is the Professional Adult Comprehensive Education Program, which provides adult learners an accelerated, timely way to complete their degree through Millikin University. Students take accelerated courses, one at a time. PACE coursework allows each student to quickly achieve his/her goal of completing a degree. Most courses are held once a week. This allows non-traditional students the flexibility to continue making a living while learning. Read more about the PACE program.
Financial Aid Process
Suspension of the Illinois State MAP Grant (Posted February 28, 2013):
**URGENT Message** - The Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) is suspending the 2013-14 Monetary Award Program (MAP) for all student's whose initial 2013-14 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is received by the Central Processor on or after Saturday, March 2, 2013. What this means - any FAFSA received after 11:59 p.m. on March 1st will not be eligible for the MAP Grant. If you have not completed your 2012 Federal Income Taxes, you can complete the FAFSA using estimated figures - and then go back to update once you have filed.
FAFSA Notes - Important - (Posted February 21, 2013):
We urge you to file your 2013-14 FAFSA right away at www.fafsa.gov . If you are an Illinois Resident we urge you to file as soon as possible, so you do not miss the MAP Grant deadline!!! Keep in mind that continuing State budget difficulties mean that funding levels for the State of Illinois MAP grant may be lower for the 2013-14 academic year. This situation, along with careful monitoring of application data, makes it likely that the suspension for the 2013-14 MAP grant will be soon! Remember - If you have not completed your 2012 taxes, you can complete the 2013-14 FAFSA with estimated figures. Once your Federal Taxes are completed, you can go back online and correct with accurate figures by using the IRS Data Retrieval function.
Federal Pell Grant
The Federal Pell Grant Program provides assistance to Millikin students who demonstrate a high financial need. Eligibility is based solely on FAFSA results and maximum award amounts are set annually by Federal guidelines. Awards are prorated based on expected family contribution (EFC) amount and enrollment hours.
Illinois Monetary Awards Program (MAP) Grant
Illinois Monetary Awards Program (MAP) Grant—This program provides over $4 million annually to Millikin Students. The grant assists Illinois residents who attend Illinois postsecondary institutions. Eligibility is determined by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) based on FAFSA information and a prescribed formula set annually. For maximum award eligibility, a student must be enrolled in 15 credit hours. The award will be adjusted if the student is enrolled in less than 15 credit hours. The maximum award for 2012-13 and 2013-14 is $4,720.
Non-Need Based Grants:
Federal Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant - TEACH Grant eligibility at Millikin.
Need Based Loans
The Federal Direct Subsidized Loan is based on financial need. Interest on the loan is paid by the Federal Government as long as the student is enrolled at least half-time (6 credit hours) during the term. The subsidized loan offers a 6 month grace period, before repayment on the loan is expected. The interest rate is determined each year by Federal guidelines. For 2012-13 the interest rate is 3.4%. For 2013-14 3.4% (Subject to change upon notification by the Department of Education).
Non-Need Based Loans
The Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan is offered to students that do not demonstrate financial need. Interest will begin accruing upon disbursement. Repayment begins six months after the student graduates or ceases enrollment of at least 6 credit hours. The interest rate is determined each year by Federal guidelines. For 2012-13 and 2013-14 the interest rate is 6.8%.
||Total (Subsidized and Unsubsidized)
|Third Year and higher
Federal Direct Subsidized and/or Unsubsidized Loan - Students
Loan Steps for NEW Students:
Log on to MU Online to accept your loans. Complete a Direct Loan Master Promissory note and Loan Entrance Counseling at www.studentloans.gov.
For RETURNING Students -
If you had a Federal Direct Loan last year, all you need to do is log on to MU Online and accept your loan(s). Your MPN and Entrance Counseling are on file.
The private/alternative loans are commercial educational loans that may be used to close the gap between your financial aid and cost of attendance. Interest rates will vary from lender to lender. We have listed the lenders that our students have used over the past three years. You are not limited to these lenders. Personal research is up to each individual, as Millikin cannot advise on these products.
Lenders are listed in Alphabetical Order
Anheuser-Busch Credit Union
Citizens Bank - TruFit Student Loan
cuStudentLoans - cuScholar Private Student Loan
Discover Student Loan
Fifth Third Bank
Interra Credit Union
Iowa Student Loan
Northwest Federal Credit Union
Student Loan Finance - iHelp Loan
Sun Trust Bank
United Federal Credit Union
University of Illinois Employees Credit Union
(List updated 04/01/13)
Refunds may be used for other educational expenses such as housing, meals, books, supplies, etc. If your financial aid creates a credit on your student account, a refund will be issued to you. Please complete and return a Refund Authorization Form.
Refunds are processed once a week. You will be notified through your Millikin email address if a refund has been processed for you. If you have any questions about your account, please contact the Student Service Center at 217.424.6317 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have a credit on your account you may be eligible to receive a book voucher. Book vouchers allow you to purchase your books prior to your refund. You can stop by the Student Service Center and request a book voucher, if you anticipate a credit. If you owe on your account you are not eligible to receive a book voucher.
For more information, visit the Student Service Center Link.