What is Laker+?

Laker+ is Lake Land College’s financial assistance program that helps you maximize any assistance you receive to manage your college expenses. With Laker+, financial aid is applied in a stackable format to cover the cost of tuition and fees. Once tuition and fees are covered, the remaining funds are refunded to students. Students who receive aid have their tuition and fees covered first with the MAP grant, institutional funds and scholarships, then the federal PELL grant.

What this means for students who have 0 expected family contributions (EFC) as determined by the FAFSA, is that they often will receive a refund check or direct deposit of funds that can be used to cover every day living expenses such as housing, food, gas and childcare.

Adding to the value of the Laker+ program, Lake Land College tuition is now $100 per credit hour for in-district students. This means that those who are able to take advantage of the Laker+ program will likely receive even more funds back to assist with their needs.

Laker+ is not available to International Students.

How do I get started?

Students can begin the Laker+ process by completing the FAFSA online at
Lake Land College School Code: 007644

Visit the Financial Aid page to learn more!

Students are responsible for applying for scholarships on their own. Visit the Scholarship Opportunities page to learn more about college and Foundation Scholarships.

How is Laker+ different from other college or university “Last to Pay” scholarships?

A PELL grant is a federal grant program available to college students who qualify as determined by the FAFSA. PELL grants do not have to be repaid and are dependent on a student’s EFC or expected family income, regardless of the cost of tuition at the college the student is attending. A student who qualifies for a PELL grant will receive the same dollar amount no matter what college the student attends.

Example 1

A student who has a 0 EFC as determined by the FAFSA and receives the same number of scholarships, along with the same PELL grant and MAP grant. The student who attends a four-year college will have $0 in his/her pocket after the college makes up the difference in tuition and fees. The student who attends Lake Land College may have a refund of more than $5,000 for college expenses.

Example 2

An in-district high school senior student who is in the top 15% of the graduating class, or earns a 26 on the ACT or a 1230 on the SAT, is guaranteed a Presidential Scholarship covering two years of tuition. This scholarship would be applied first to cover tuition expenses, while financial aid or other scholarships would cover fees with the student receiving the remaining financial aid or scholarships in the form of a refund to cover living expenses.

How do students know if they are in district?

The Lake Land College district consists of the following school districts: 

Altamont   Dieterich North Clay South Central
Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond Effingham Oakland St. Anthony
Beecher City Jasper Okaw Valley St. Elmo
Brownstown Kansas Pana Stewardson-Strasburg
Casey-Westfield Marshall Paris   Sullivan  
Charleston Martinsville Ramsey   Teutopolis
Cowden-Herrick Mattoon Shelbyville   Windsor
Cumberland Neoga Shiloh    

*Students living out of Lake Land College’s district will be assessed tuition and fees at a different rate and may see a reduction in Laker Plus eligibility.