Financial Aid


The Illinois College of Optometry’s Student Financial Services Department helps students find the most affordable ways to finance their education and manage student loans. Several types of financial aid and a variety of scholarships are available. 

ICO only requires the Free Application for Federal Student Aid to apply for financial aid. Our school code is 001689. This form is available every January 1 for the upcoming fall term. Please note that you must re-apply for federal aid every school year. Review our eligibility requirements to confirm that you qualify to receive financial aid.

It’s easier to complete the FAFSA when you already have your federal tax return, so it’s wise to complete your tax return as soon after January 1 as possible, once you have all the information you need. Additionally, you should save all records and all other materials used in completing the FAFSA, because you may need them later if your application is selected for verification by the Department of Education. You should also print a copy of your FAFSA before you submit it and keep it for your records. 

By completing the FAFSA and submitting all appropriate documentation, students will automatically be considered for a financial aid package that covers the cost of attendance and includes work-study, student loans and scholarships offered by the college.

Contact finaid@ico.edu if you have any questions.

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