Illinois Student Assistance Commission and Partners Support Students in Filing College Applications and FAFSA Completion

In Illinois, October is College Changes Everything® (CCE) Month, a campaign launched by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission(ISAC) to address the change to “early FAFSA” and assist students who will be completing college applications at the same time they are filing financial aid forms. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the form used to apply for all federal and some state financial aid; filing it is an important first step to maximizing financial aid. This year, students will be able to file their 2017-18 beginning October 1, 2016, instead of having to wait until January, as in previous years.

Because some financial aid programs—including the state's Monetary Award Program (MAP grant)–are awarded on a first-come first-served basis, eligible students should file their FAFSAs as soon as possible after October 1st in order to have the best chance of receiving funding. Students should check with their college for all school-specific deadlines.

During CCE Month, ISAC will partner with schools and communities to help students navigate these changes, and will offer support for students and families with both college application and FAFSA completion. (Learn more here.)
Google has a great opportunity for Illinois students. If you’d like to spread the word to your constituents, please see below for templates you can use on social media.
Google is currently accepting submissions for its annual Doodle 4 Google competition. Art-loving K-12 students from across the U.S., Guam and Puerto Rico are invited to bring their imagination to life in a doodle of the Google logo, using any medium they choose. The winning masterpiece will be displayed on the Google homepage for a day, where millions will enjoy it.
Google is asking kids to imagine what awaits them in the years to come and represent that vision of this year’s theme: “What I see for the future…” That can mean anything they see — even if it includes flying dogs, living on a shooting star, the trip of their dreams, or a distant world filled with dazzling new technology of all shapes and sizes.
In addition to the homepage showcase, the winner will receive $30,000 towards a college scholarship, and the opportunity to work with the Doodle team at the Googleplex in Mountain View. As an added bonus: Their home school will get to spend $50,000 on technology to help foster the next generation of professionals—possibly even future Googlers.
Students can submit their artwork now through December 2, 2016.
Here are a few sample posts:

  • What do you see for the future? Submit your answer to the @Google Doodle 4 Google competition:

  • Illinois students are creative! Share your ideas for the future via the @Google Doodle 4 Google competition:

  • Time to get sketching! @Google Doodle 4 Google is open for submissions:
What do you see for the future? Submit your answer in the form of a doodle to the 2016 Doodle 4 Google competition. Students from Illinois are so creative. Represent Illinois with you submission to Google’s Doodle 4 Google competition. Make sure you submit these by December 2nd, 2016! If you need inspiration, check out this quick video. And get those art supplies ready!
Calling all artists! The 2016 Doodle 4 Google competition is open for submissions. All K-12 students are invited to create a Google doodle for the opportunity to win a $30,000 college scholarship and a $50,000 Google for Education technology award for his or her school or community organization. The opportunity gives students across the U.S. the chance to display their own Google doodle on This year’s theme is “What I see for the future…” Students can submit doodles until December 2nd, 2016.
Teachers and community organizations can also bring Doodle 4 Google into their classroom in a number of ways, including utilizing  free classroom activities and inspirational videos.
Entry forms can be downloaded from Google’s Doodle 4 Google site and completed doodles can be submitted by mail or online. For more details, including full contest rules and entry forms go to
The Illinois agriculture industry employs one in four people either directly or indirectly. For over 32 years, the Treasurer's office has been providing opportunities for Illinois farmers through the Ag Invest Linked Deposit Program.
Through Ag Invest the Treasury partners with approved financial institutions to provide qualified farmers and agriculture professionals below market rate loans to start or enhance farm operations.
By offering reduced interest rate loans, the Treasury aims to lower the overall cost of improving a farm or alternative agriculture business. The loans provided through an approved financial institution can be used for the purchase farm equipment, construction related expenses, or costs related to traditional crop production and alternative activities.
Please contact the Treasurer's office for more information about the loan possibilities for your farm at (217) 557-6436.
For information about our Annual AG program, click here.
For information about our Long Term Ag program, click here.
Program History
The Treasurer’s Ag Invest loan program is the nation’s most expansive agriculture deposit program. Since 1983, Ag Invest has loaned more than $1 billion in annual and long-term loans.
In addition to the Annual Agriculture Loan Program, the Illinois State Treasurer’s Office began the Long-Term Loan Program in 2000. Agricultural professionals across the state have taken advantage of our below-market rates to help grow their farm operations.
In 2012, the Treasurer’s office introduced a fast track version of the Ag Invest program, which helps eligible financial institutions serve their Ag Invest clients more effectively by shortening the approval process from 10 business days to just 24 - 48 hours.
MORRIS—State Representative David Welter (R-Morris) will be holding a district wide art competition. Welter will display local artists’ pieces in his district office at 1421 N. Division St. in Morris. Constituents who visit the office will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite piece and the one with the most votes will be displayed during the month of May in Welter’s Capitol office in Springfield.
Artists must reside in or be a student in an educational facility within the 75th district to qualify.  Artwork should be appropriate for all ages. Pieces should be scenes from Illinois, the 75th district or have a patriotic theme. All mediums are welcome.
Artwork can be dropped off for display or viewed Monday through Thursday 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Friday 9 a.m. until noon. Please call in advance to deliver or view artwork.
For more information please call 815-416-1475 or fill out a contact form at

MORRIS—State Representative David Welter (R-Morris) is seeking members for his new legislative advisory committees.
Welter will be hosting regular meetings that will allow these advisory boards to provide input he can use when presenting and voting on legislation in Springfield.
“Advisory boards are key to representing our district well,” said Welter. “This provides opportunity for members of the community to not only bring in ideas, which I always welcome, but it allows for a sounding board when discussing legislation that is presented by other parts of the state. I want to know how this will impact our community so I can represent our district well.”
The first round of advisory communities will include Education, Agriculture, First Responders and Disability Advocates.

Individuals interested in serving on any of these advisory groups should call the office at 815-416-1475 or fill out the contact form at