STAR Scholarship - City Colleges of Chicago

Organization & Scholarship Overview:
Starting with City Colleges’ Fall 2015 semester, students who graduate from CPS in Spring 2016 or after with a 3.0 GPA who test completion-ready in math and English will be able to pursue an associate degree at City Colleges of Chicago at no cost – free tuition and books. New incoming students apply for the Chicago STAR Scholarship as part of CCC’s Online Application for Admission when they are a high school senior or graduate. After application of federal and state financial aid, CCC will provide waivers for all tuition and books for three years or until the completion of an associate degree, whichever comes first. CPS graduates will have three years to use the funds starting in the first fall semester of their CPS graduation.

Website: City Colleges of Chicago – Chicago STAR Scholarship
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Eligibility Requirements:

  • Graduates from a CPS high school with a 3.0 or higher GPA (weighted or unweighted)
  • Places into completion-level Math and English via the ACT, SAT, or CCC Placement exam. ACT score of 17 in math and English, SAT scores of 460 in writing and 440 in math, or a combination of multiple exam types. We will use the best score from each exam (ACT, SAT, and CCC Placement exam) to qualify students. Additionally, we will use dual credit and dual enrollment college level English and Math successful completion as qualifying results as well.
  • Enrolls in one of CCC’s structured, relevant pathways

Please Note: In order to receive the Star Scholarship, students must apply for financial aid so that any financial aid dollars can be applied first as part of the waiver. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) can be found here. Students ineligible to file for financial aid must fill out a Certificate of Ineligibility to File FAFSA​​ instead.

Renewable: Yes, 3 years starting with the first CCC Fall semester from CPS high school graduation
Open to DREAMers: Yes. DREAMers must complete a Certificate of Ineligibility to File FAFSA in order to be considered for this scholarship
Contact Information: Questions can be directed to​ or 773-265-5343.​​​​​​​​​

Full Tuition & book fee waivers