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ECC’s dual-enrollment program is a great choice for high school and homeschooled students who want to take one or two college classes in addition to their regular school schedule.

How It Works

In dual enrollment, you’ll attend regular high school or homeschool classes during the day, then take one or two additional classes at Elgin Community College in the evening. You’ll get college credit for the courses you take at ECC; high school credit is not guaranteed.

Course Options

Choose from any of ECC’s general education courses, ranging from biology and chemistry to music and theatre.

College Life

As a dual-enrollment student at ECC, you can immerse yourself in campus life. Join a club, write for the newspaper, or audition for a play —it’s a great way to get the full college experience.

Who Qualifies

Dual-enrollment courses are open to high school and homeschooled students who have demonstrated college readiness through their scores on the ACT, SAT or ECC placement tests. For details, download the secondary/home-school student admission process and permission form - PDF.

How to Apply

Interested in dual enrollment? Here’s how to get started:

Decisions for student admission and enrollment are made on a case-by-case basis. Students under 16 must also receive approval from the appropriate academic dean and the Dean of Student Services and Development or designee. The admissions office will facilitate the appropriate approvals once courses are identified. Decisions will be made based on demonstration of college readiness and maturity of student.

Secondary and homeschooled students are limited to registering for a maximum of six credit hours per semester and will enroll during their New Student Orientation Session (NSO). Students seeking Dual Enrollment need to plan ahead to ensure the enrollment process is completed before the class starts.


Ideal for high school students who want to earn college credit.

The Career and Technical Education (CTE) option allows you to choose a career-technical education. Most CTE programs provide you with the opportunity to earn an academic and/or industry certification. It's ideal for high school students who want to earn college credit for coursework in subjects like accounting, culinary arts, fire science, and health professions—without paying tuition. Plus, as a CTE student, you can immerse yourself in student life on the Elgin Community College Campus.


Costs You pay for tuition.
Minimum credit hours per semester Part-time
Location Courses are held at ECC or your high school.
Schedules* Scheduled Monday through Friday. You may be in class from 8 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. Some CTE programs require students to enroll in evening courses due to availability.
Enrollment period The application and testing cycle runs from November to March each academic year. Complete the necessary ECC placement tests (i.e., writing, reading, and/or mathematics). Benchmark scores vary and are based on the college’s minimum competencies as stated on the course catalog. 
When to apply Fall semester of sophomore or junior year. 
Minimum credit hours per semester 24
High school credit, college credit or both You'll receive high school credit. Credits earned may not transfer to a four-year college or university depending on the program. 
The path forward Aligned to employment or one of ECC’s Associate of Applied Science degrees (i.e. automotive, culinary arts, paralegal, etc.)
Next steps Meet with your high school counselor.
Application year Juniors and seniors are eligible to participate. The application and testing cycle runs from November to March each academic year.
  • Minimum 2.0 out of 4.0 unweighted GPA.
  • ECC placement tests to demonstrate college-readiness (readiness requirements depend on prerequisites for each ECC course).
  • Additional high school requirements may be considered (i.e. good attendance record).

*Students are expected to commit to this timeframe and must be aware that all scheduling of class meeting times is managed by the Dual Credit office. Days and times are pre-selected to meet the needs of the program and the students’ academic plans. ECC’s academic calendar may differ from each participating school district’s calendar.

Designed for high school students who plan to attend Elgin Community College, the articulated-credit program offers college credit for career and technical courses that you take at your high school.

How It Works

  • Take career or tech-prep classes at your high school that have been designated as “articulated-credit” courses. Tuition is free.
  • Earn at least a B in each of your articulated-credit courses.
  • Apply to ECC within 27 months.
  • Get college credit! 

Who Qualifies

The articulated-credit program is open to high school seniors who plan to enroll at ECC and who attend high school in one of these districts:

  • District U-46
  • District 300
  • District 301
  • District 303

Course Options

Choose from 20-plus career and technical programs, ranging from automotive technology to child development. Options vary depending on your school district; contact us at for details.