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Financial Aid & Scholarships
Bldg B, Room B156, ECC Campus
Tel: 847-214-7360
Fax: 847-608-5460
Hours: M-Th 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.; F 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
*Closed: Tuesdays 1-2:30 p.m.

Important Changes

Important changes to financial aid. Read more»

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Dates to Remember

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Know the important financial aid dates.
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How To Apply for Financial Aid

Five Easy Steps

  1. Create a FSA ID at
  2. Complete the FAFSA at
    Note: Paper FAFSAs are no longer available.
  3. Complete an  ECC Institutional Aid Application.
  4. The Financial Aid and Scholarships Office may request additional information from you. Please submit requested documents as soon as possible.
  5. An award letter will be sent to you.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen.
  • Have a high school diploma, high school equivalency certificate, meet the ability to benefit (ATB) requirements, or completed home schooling at the secondary level.
  • Be enrolled in an eligible degree or certificate program at ECC.
  • Have a valid Social Security number.
  • Register with Selective Service, if required.
  • Maintain financial aid satisfactory academic progress.
  • Not be in default on a federal loan or owe an over-payment of a federal grant.

Enrollment Status

Some types of financial aid are related to maintaining specific levels of enrollment. The U.S. Department of Education sets federal definitions of enrollment statuses, which supersede school-imposed definitions related to an academic term. Federal aid follows these federal enrollment guidelines in all terms, including summer:

  • Full-time = 12 credit hours or more
  • Three-quarter-time = 9 to 11.5 credit hours
  • Half-time = 6 to 8.5 credit hours
  • Less than half-time = 1 to 5.5 credit hours

Please Note

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ECC federal school code: 001675

FAFSA Priority Filing Dates

Filing your FAFSA and all ECC paperwork by these priority dates assures your financial aid package will be completed by the start of the term. You may still file after these dates, but your aid may not be in place before payment is due for the term.

Priority Dates:

  • Summer term - April 1
  • Fall term - July 1
  • Spring term - November 1

2015-2016 Financial Aid Deadline

In order to receive financial aid, and if otherwise eligible, your financial aid file must be complete and all required and requested paperwork must be submitted on or before the Financial Aid File Completion Deadline which is May 19, 2016.  No updates, changes, or processing of financial aid will take place after May 19, 2016 for the 2015-2016 award year.

Need help with your FAFSA? Stop by the Financial Aid & Scholarships Office during these times and a financial aid professional will assist you. No appointment required. Download dates and times

Applying for a Federal or State Grant

  1. Create a FSA ID.
  2. Complete the  FAFSA online.
  3. Complete the ECC Institutional Aid Application.
  4. Receive and review your award letter.

Applying for a Federal Stafford Student Loan

  1. Create a  FSA ID.
  2. Complete the  FAFSA online.
  3. Complete the  ECC Institutional Aid Application.

New borrowers to ECC must complete the following steps:

  1. Make an appointment with a financial aid advisor.
  2. Log on to and complete 'Entrance Counseling' and complete 'New MPN for Student Loans'.
  3. Complete and bring the Budget Worksheet to your appointment.

Returning borrowers to ECC must complete the following steps:

  1. Make an appointment with a financial aid advisor.
  2. Complete and bring the Budget Worksheet to your appointment.

Applying for Student Employment

All students interested in student employment should contact the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office.
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If the grant aid posted to your student account exceeds your charges, you will receive a refund after the 60 percent point of the term. Checks will be mailed to you at the address on file with the Registration & Records Office or deposited in your account if you have direct deposit.

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