Personal Advocate Linking Services

A little inspiration goes a long way...

"A person starts to live when he can live outside of himself." -Albert Einstein

Upcoming Events and Workshops

The Personal Advocate Linking Services (PALS) and Financial Aid Awareness programs link students to resources on- and off-campus in a variety of areas with special emphasis on applying for financial aid, responsible borrowing, avoiding bad debt and paying back student loans. Other initiatives include emphasis on general student responsibilities, financial aid, eSTORM and email. 

News Flash

The new FSA ID has replaced the FAFSA PIN, effective May 10, 2015. This modernized login process improves security and the customer experience for student- and borrower-based websites, including FAFSA on the Web, NSLDS Student Access,, and the TEACH Grant website. The new FSA ID will replace the Federal Student Aid PIN as the process by which students, parents and borrowers authenticate their identity to access their federal student aid information. This process will eliminate recurring use of the Social Security number. More information can be found at any of the websites previously mentioned.   

It is time to process the 2016-17 financial aid application. The Department of Education recommends students complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid as early in the year as possible after Jan. 1 each year. Early processing may qualify students for state funding in addition to the award of any federal funds. Income estimates from 2015 will be used to process the FAFSA to meet state deadline requirements.  

Spring 2016 Schedule 

  • GED & ED101 classroom presentations and FAFSA completion workshops at all three campuses, ESLCCC, high schools, Scott Air Force Base, and other venues...

What services do PALS personal advocates provide?

PALS supports and encourages all students' endeavors toward academic and career success. We have Personal Advocates at all campuses, Belleville, Granite City, Red Bud, and the East St. Louis Community College Center (ESLCCC). We support all students through successful transition into college. We also encourage on-going support to current students for completion of personal and academic goals.  We do this by: 

  • Providing FAFSA assistance
  • Identifying needs to remove any barriers that might prevent successful enrollment through awareness of services and encouraging utilization of these services.
  • Provide linkages to resources and opportunities on campus and in the community.
  • On-going support:
  • Provide Career exploration and job search support.
  • Provide peer mentoring and support to all students.
  • Provide FAFSA (Day) workshops throughout the semester on campus, and nightly at various times throughout the term at district high schools.

Join Men of Character and Ambition

MOCA can provide you with opportunities for new leadership skills, networking, a mentor and a better college experience.

MOCA Benefits

  • Academic, career and personal counseling
  • Increased self-esteem
  • Better time-management skills
  • Leadership development
  • Portfolio preparation

For more information, email


Find out what to bring with you for assistance with the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.

Public Benefits Help

Students in need of assistance with food stamps, housing and general public assistance can seek assistance from the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law. The Public Benefit Guide was created to help adult students access public benefits and advocate for themselves within the system. View the Public Benefits Guide.

PALS Personnel

ATTENTION: Belleville PALS office is now serving students out of its new and improved home in the Financial Aid Office IS 1035.

Belleville Campus

Gary Cruise
Greg Mask
IS Building, Room 1035
618-235-2700, ext. 5558
Monday...........8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Tuesday......... 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Wednesday......8 a.m. to 4 p.m. 
Thursday.........8 a.m. to 4 p.m. 
Friday.............8 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Corky Smith    
Lenier Gully
Building A, Room 1007 
618-874-6583 or 874-6398 
Monday.........8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. 
Tuesday........8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 
Wednesday....8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 
Thursday.......8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 
Friday...........8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Red Bud Campus

Ashley Byers
Student Development Office
618-282-6682, ext. 8126      
Monday through Thursday
8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Sam Wolf Granite City Campus

Holly Dinkelman 
Room 413 
Monday through Thursday
8 a.m. to 4 p.m.