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Additional Relief Funds Available

Elgin Community College has received additional funding to help students reach their educational goals during the pandemic. To help us determine your eligibility, all students are encouraged to complete the FAFSA for the upcoming school year. The Alternative Application for state aid is available for qualifying undocumented and transgender students. For assistance, call 847-214-7360.

ECC is planning for a transitional return to normal operations during the fall 2021 semester. ECC will offer an increased number of hybrid and face-to-face classes and add additional hybrid and face-to-face classes to the schedule based upon demand and updates related to COVID-19.

ECC is committed to offering programs in safe and engaging formats, including online synchronous, online asynchronous, hybrid, and face-to-face. Most student support services are available remotely and in-person by appointment or drop into the office on campus. Technology and online learning resources are also available. See the technology section below.

Academic Calendar

 The fall semester begins on Monday, August 23, 2021.

Academic Calendar


Need books and supplies for classes? The bookstore is open online and fulfills orders within 24 hours. Use the textbook lookup tab and choose shipping or on-campus pick-up. Books will be available beginning July 19, 2021, for fall classes.

ECC Bookstore

Campus Health & Safety

Face-to-face instruction will be conducted with protective measures in place, including regular sanitizing of college facilities and social distancing in accordance with federal and state guidelines. The college will provide necessary personal protective equipment (PPE), including hand washing and sanitizing products and face coverings for students and faculty. Classes held on campus will have class size limitations based upon the physical distancing that can be safely accommodated within their assigned classrooms.

Health & Safety


ECC will continue to deliver a high-quality academic experience for students enrolled in online and hybrid courses. For the fall semester, ECC will offer an increased number of hybrid and face-to-face classes and add additional hybrid and face-to-face classes to the schedule based upon demand and updates related to COVID-19. Within the currently designed fall 2021 class schedule, approximately 34 percent of classes scheduled will include face-to-face instruction, with 5 percent scheduled fully face-to-face and 29 percent scheduled as a hybrid.

Learning Options

Financial Aid

We will be awarding financial aid during this time and, if you are eligible for any grants, we will email you and let you know that you have been awarded. Due to the pandemic, additional funding for financial aid and scholarships is available to support your educational goals. Make sure you apply for financial aid and scholarships for the upcoming school year. To learn more, please get in touch with one of our financial aid advisors. We’re open Monday through Thursday from 8 am to 5 pm and remote services until 7 p.m.; Fridays remote services from 8 am to 4 pm and closed Fridays from June 4 through August 6, 2021. If you are not eligible for a grant and need a student loan, please email us at We can accept financial aid forms and documents via email. You can also fax forms or documents to 847-608-5460 or mail them to Elgin Community College, Financial Aid and Scholarships, 1700 Spartan Drive, Elgin, IL 60123.

Apply for Financial Aid


Applications are still being accepted, and you can go to the Scholarships page to apply. If you receive a private scholarship mailed to ECC, please check with us to confirm that the office has received it and that you have been awarded the scholarship. If your sponsor cannot send the check at this time, let us know to help you.

Apply for Scholarships

Sizes of Student Groups

ECC may reduce class sizes to accommodate social distancing guidelines during face-to-face instruction, and ECC may add additional lab sections to accommodate smaller groups. In some cases, ECC may break up larger groups in adjacent rooms.

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Student Support Services & Faculty Office Hours

Since the onset of the pandemic, hundreds of students have utilized our student services remotely. Although virtual services will still be available during this fall, the majority of student support services will be provided on-campus as well, Monday through Thursday from 8 am to 7 pm, and Friday from 8 am to 4 pm, including admissions, academic advising, financial aid, student accounts, wellness services, and more. Please check the Remote Hub for specific office hours. Instructors will deliver faculty office hours virtually this semester.

Life at ECC


To be successful in the online learning environment, students will need to be equipped with the necessary technology, such as a laptop or Chromebook, and access to the Internet. If you do not have access to these resources and need assistance, please contact the Library Circulation Desk at for Chromebook requests and to request Wi-Fi hotspots.

Please note: The college's priority is to distribute resources to students who do not have access to online technology at home. These resources are available to students enrolled in credit and adult education classes, such as High School Equivalency (HSE) exam prep and English as a Second Language (ESL).

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