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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.

First time in college?

Here’s how to get started on your bright future.

Applying is easy, and there’s no application fee. Here are the steps to follow, whether you’re applying for a degree or certificate program or want to take classes for credit. 

  1. Submit the online application - Make sure you have a personal email you can access, as we will be sending you important enrollment information after you have applied. We suggest you do not use your high school email address as you may not access it after graduation. If you don’t have an email address, you can create a Gmail account for free and follow the instructions.

  2. Submit your high school transcript and ACT or SAT scores to the Admissions Office. You do not have to have a high school diploma to apply regardless of age. We also accept electronic transcripts through eScripsafe. If you don’t have a high school diploma and you’ve separated from your high school and are under 17, send us a written statement from the chief executive of your high school district attesting to this. International education? If you have a degree or certificate from another country, review how to obtain an evaluation of these credentials. Did you attend high school or college outside the U.S.? Learn more about an international transcript evaluation

  3. Make sure you’ve met the prerequisites for the classes you want to take. See placement testing for details.

  4. Attend New Student Orientation - Once we receive your application and test scores, we will send you a link for our online new student orientation. Or, if you’re taking classes and not working toward a degree or certificate, schedule a meeting with an academic advisor.