Become a Star Scholar and Earn Your College Education Tuition-Free
Chicago Public Schools students–and now, students attending Chicago-based Big Shoulders Fund-supported schools–are able to pursue a degree or certificate at City Colleges at no cost. That’s free tuition and books!
Requirements vary, but students generally need a GPA of at least 3.0 and must test completion-ready in math and English. If you’re a qualifying, graduating high school student, keep up the good work and you, too, could benefit from City Colleges’ Star Scholarship program!
Since the Star Scholarship Launched in Fall 2015:
Q & A
Frequently Asked Questions
Scholarship applicants and current Star Scholars can learn more by reviewing these frequently asked questions.
STAR Scholarship recipients have the opportunity to begin working with 4-year universities while still at CCC.
Steps to Apply
Graduate from a CPS high school, including CPS charter high schools, with a 3.0 GPA
Apply online to City Colleges
Applying is easy with our online application. Please note you will need a valid email address to complete your application.
Complete the FAFSA
Fill out and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). All financial aid verification processes must be complete and financial aid award package must be processed. If you are unable to file a FAFSA, fill out the STAR Scholarship Certification of Ineligibility to File for Financial Aid form on the student portal once you’ve been admitted to CCC.
Register for the next semester
Join the 8,400 CPS graduates attending college at no cost.
Already applied to City Colleges?
Complete your application in the Student Portal: my.ccc.edu