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Online Degrees and Certificates

Online learning at Elgin Community College allows you to work towards your educational goals while maintaining your busy lifestyle and commitments. Experience a convenient learning environment with the support and resources you need to succeed!

What Are the Benefits of an Online Program?

You can learn online anytime with ECC’s online degree and certificate programs. Classes are fully online and asynchronous, meaning no set class times or face-to-face sessions are required. Online programs are perfect for students balancing work, family commitments, or other outside responsibilities.

Online classes allow you to study at your own pace. You can work ahead or take more time on challenging topics.

Available Online Degrees

Associate of Arts (AA)

You can complete an Associate of Arts degree entirely online. This is one of the most popular associate degrees for students intending to transfer to a four-year university. The fully online, asynchronous degree is an excellent opportunity for you to further your education while meeting the demands of your busy lifestyle!

Online Programs

How Do I Enroll in an Online Program?

Enrolling in an online degree program is the same process as all other ECC programs. New students, or those who have not attended ECC in the past two years, should submit a free online application and indicate their interest in completing their program of study entirely online. Once you’ve indicated interest, our admissions team will contact you about your next steps.

Current students wishing to switch to an online degree or certificate should contact their academic advisor.

What Support and Resources Are Available for Online Learning?

Most student support services, including academic advising, tutoring, and wellness services, are available remotely, so there is no need to come to campus. Learn more about our support services.

Chromebooks are available for checkout at the Library. If you need it for classes at ECC, let us know at

If you need Wi-Fi for your studies, learn more about affordable or free wi-fi options for students.

Additional Support

Is an Online Degree or Certificate Right for Me?

If you start an online program, you can always switch back to a traditional degree or choose to take a few classes face-to-face. You are not required to take all your classes online if your learning preferences change.

ECC offers online, hybrid, and in-person classes, so you can choose how you learn best. Find resources for determining if online classes are right for you.

If you’re unsure if an online program is right for you, you can take a few online classes. 

Planning to Transfer

ECC is the ideal place to start a bachelor’s degree. Many four-year colleges and universities offer fully online bachelor’s degrees in various programs. To ensure a smooth transition from ECC to your chosen four-year institution, we strongly encourage you to schedule a meeting with one of our dedicated academic advisors to create a personalized academic plan that aligns with your aspirations and seamlessly integrates with the requirements of your intended bachelor's degree program.

University Transfer & Partnerships

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