Mission Statement: The Financial Aid Office at the College is committed to educating students and families about the resources available to help fund their education and guide them through the process from application to payment of aid each year.

Thank you for visiting the Financial Aid webpage for Spoon River College (SRC). SRC participates in federal and State programs to assist students in meeting the costs of higher education. Financial assistance is available in the form of grants, scholarships, work opportunities, and loans. Click on the Net Price Calculator to determine your estimated family contribution and net price of attendance. Many of SRC’s students live at home with their parents, reducing their cost to attend college by about $6,000 per year.

Apply early to ensure that your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is processed prior to the published deadlines. Funding is limited and application deadlines may be adjusted by the State of Illinois.

Spoon River College School Code for all locations (Canton, Macomb, Havana, & Rushville): 001643

Upcoming Events

SRC will be visiting area high schools in January and February to assist students in filing
the 2024-2025 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

You may watch the short video below (as well as the others that come up afterwards) to learn more about the upcoming FAFSA.

Student Loan Borrowers

Student loan borrowers remember that you MUST complete Loan Entrance Counseling and sign a Master Promissory Note at Federal Student Aid website. You login with your Department of Education issued FSA ID (Federal Student Aid ID). Please list Spoon River College as the school to receive notification that you have completed the counseling. More information and directions on how to apply for a loan are located on our Direct Loans page.

Completing a FAFSA

You can complete a FAFSA anywhere you have access to a computer and the internet. FAFSAs are completed on-line at the FASFA website.

What you need to complete a FAFSA: Your Department of Education issued FSA ID (username and password) and your tax information, including taxes and all W2s. We recommend that you use the IRS DRT (IRS Data Retrieval Tool) to import your tax information directly from the IRS. If selected for verification later, this reduces the paperwork you will need to submit.

2023-2024 FAFSA Application availability: October 1, 2022 at FASFA . You must use 2021 income information to complete the new FAFSA. We encourage all students to apply early as State funding is limited. Remember, you must REAPPLY every year! Last year Returning students needed to apply on or before December 1 to receive priority access to appropriated MAP funds. Plan to apply early again for 2023-2024! As you file your 2021 taxes, make sure to keep a copy of your tax return, any schedules and all W2s so you are prepared to file your FAFSA!

The 2024-2025 FAFSA will be opening BY December 31, 2023. We encourage students, parent(s)/spouse to create an FSA ID and password now, before opening day.

After December 31, 2023 we encourage students to apply as soon as possible. State MAP grant funding for students will be in limited supply. We recommend getting the FAFSA completed by February 1, 2024 to have access to those funds.


We are currently helping students complete the 2023-2024 FAFSA. If you would like help filing, bring your 2021 income information and all W2s with you to our office. We have a computer where you can file and we will be here to help! Have questions or just unsure of how to proceed? Give us a call at 309.649.7030 or stop by one of our offices. We are here to help you!

2024-2025 Aid Processing

The FAFSA Simplification Act has created many changes, not only to the 2024-2025 FAFSA, but to aid processing as well. Staff will be able to access individual student information on 24-25 FAFSA’s after the end of January 2024. As we move forward, please be aware delays could potentially occur, with the roll out of the new application and processing. We always strive to provide timely and accurate processing and will do our best as we move forward through all of the changes, in the coming year.

The Financial Aid Office cannot guarantee that financial aid will be in place by the tuition due date if you do not submit all requested information and supplemental forms by the priority processing deadlines. The Financial Aid Office will continue processing applications after the priority processing deadline but, cannot guarantee that aid for forms received after the deadline will be in place by the tuition due date. In order to ensure classes will be secured, students may set-up a payment plan through the Payment Portal by Nelnet in their Payment Portal by Nelnet in their My SRC account (login will be required).​


Phone: (309) 649-7030
Fax: (309) 649-6393

  • Nikki Rittenhouse, Financial Aid Assistant Director
  • Charlie Cox, Financial Aid Coordinator/Veteran School Certifying Official
  • Denise Harrington, Financial Aid Office Assistant

Phone: (309) 833-6073
Fax: (309) 833-6062

  • Jo Branson, Assistant Dean of Student Services/(Financial Aid Director)/Veteran School Certifying Official
  • Joseph Shelko, Financial Aid/Veteran’s Specialist

If you have questions or comments related to financial aid please feel free to contact a representative in person, by phone, Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. or Email the Financial Aid Office.