Because how college gets paid for matters to you…

Welcome to the second edition of Let’s Talk, Illinois State University’s electronic newsletter for parents of college-bound students.

As you make your campus visits and research colleges that interest you and your student, it’s important to start thinking about how you will make your college investment. There are many sources of financial aid to help cover the cost of college, and I hope what you read here will give you a greater understanding of what the options are and how to pursue them.

If you have questions throughout the process, I welcome you to contact our Financial Aid Office.  You can also connect with us on our Facebook page.


Bridget Curl
Director of Financial Aid
Illinois State University

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