• Dedicated to College Access

    Working with college access professionals at institutions and organizations, the Illinois College Access Network strives to improve postsecondary access and success for low income, first generation students.


Calling All First Generation Scholars!

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– Encourage Illinois high school students who will be the first person in their family to earn a college degree to join the First Generation Scholars Network (FGSN) from the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC). The goal of FGSN is to connect first generation college students with one another so they can support each other through this network, receive additional support year-round from ISAC’s First Generation Scholars Network mentors, combat summer melt, and help make their transition to college a whole lot easier—and successful. FGSN allows ISAC to extend our college going work to help students develop a sense of belonging as they move from high school to their respective campuses in the fall. This sense of belonging can improve their persistence through the first term and first year of college. Students can go to the FGSN webpage to join and learn more, and please share information about the FGSN with colleagues at your organization and with others in your personal and professional networks. If you want to partner with the FGSN, please email ISAC.FirstGEN@illinois.edu.

ISACorps Recruitment

– Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) is looking for recent college graduates who are passionate about public service and giving back to the community to join the Illinois Student Assistance Corps (ISACorps). Priority hiring areas are Peoria, Decatur and the Shawnee Community College district: If you know any recent college graduates interested in a public service career helping the next generation on their path to higher education, please share this website for them to learn more: www.isac.org/JointheISACorps.

Upcoming Events

2024 College Changes Everything Conference

2024 College Changes Everything Conference

Family Action Network

FAN’s accessible and dynamic events create common ground and provide the latest insights on education, psychology, social change, relationships, and well-being. Family Action Network (FAN) is a 501(c)(3) organization that curates a high-quality speaker series. All FAN programs are free and open to the public.


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ISAC Outreach Events

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ISAC Professional Development Webinars

ISAC’s Division of Capacity Development and Training offers professional development opportunities throughout Illinois for counselors, mentors, college-access professionals, and community partners who are assisting students with the college-going and financial aid process.