Scholarship Information

The Harper community is dedicated to you.
Alumni, faculty, staff and community leaders and organizations have donated millions of dollars to make sure nothing holds you back from succeeding at Harper. In fact, nearly 12,000 students were awarded over $33 million in scholarships, grants and tuition waivers through Harper College in 2019-2020.


TIP#1 Everyone should apply for scholarships! Don’t count yourself out.
TIP#2 Scholarships are awarded to people from all ages and backgrounds. 
TIP#3 Deadlines vary by scholarship. Mark your calendars. 
TIP#4 Scholarships can cover various costs such as tuition/fees, books, living expenses, transportation and dependent care.
TIP#5 More than 50% of Harper scholarships are awarded to those who’ve been out of the classroom for a while.

Scholarships (External) Offered by Community Organizations

Awarded to students by community organizations, workplaces, faith institutions, local businesses and others. Students must apply for these scholarships individually and they are awarded by the scholarship sponsors. These scholarships are open all year long. View the many opportunities and applicable deadlines.

Donor Sponsored Scholarships

Created by community members who believe in your future. Complete one General Application to automatically apply for many scholarships. Scholarships open March 1 for Fall and/or Spring semester of the next year. Applications submitted by the first Monday of April are given priority. Some scholarships are open outside of this timeframe. 

Harper College Institutional Scholarships

These scholarships recognize students who exhibit academic excellence, artistic talent, strong leadership skills or service to their communities. These scholarship programs may pay for part or all of your first two years of college. View deadlines and special application information. 

Private Scholarship Donors

As a private scholarship donor, please complete the Private Scholarship Funder Form for the applicable academic year.

Completing this required form provides valuable information to ensure the scholarship funds are applied to the selected student's account in an accurate and timely manner. The Private Scholarship Funder Form may be downloaded by clicking the link below.

  • Fall 2020 thru Summer 2021*: For scholarships to be awarded for Fall 2020, Spring 2021 or Summer 2021,  please fill out and submit the 2020-2021 form.

    *Note: If any portion of the scholarship must be returned to the donor, Harper College requires an IRS W-9 Form be completed by the donor so that we may return these funds.

Please submit the private scholarship check and the Private Scholarship Funder Form to:

Harper College Business Office
Building A, Room A214
1200 West Algonquin Road
Palatine, Illinois 60067


Other Resources

Many free scholarship search tools on the web provide detailed information about scholarships available nationwide.

Unfortunately, there are some companies that offer scholarship search services without the best interests of students in mind. The Federal Trade Commission has prepared resources to protect consumers against scholarship scam services. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

Federal Trade Commission
Information about scholarship scams and the six warning signs.

File a Complaint
Guidelines on how consumers can file a scholarship scam complaint with the Federal Trade Commission.


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