Support for undocumented students
Application Instructions for Undocumented Students
Applying to Elgin Community College as an undocumented/DACA student uses the same online application as other students. Undocumented students, who have neither U.S. citizenship nor a visa allowing them to enroll in college coursework, are not considered international students and may apply according to the regular admission process regardless of resident status.
Simply select "Apply as a New College Student." You don’t need an SSN or an ITIN to register for classes or receive a certificate or degree at ECC. While students without a social security number cannot apply for federal student financial aid to pay for college or career certification, ECC offers other ways to help cover your costs.
Did you know?
- Starting January 1, 2020, undocumented students are eligible to apply for the Illinois MAP grant courtesy of the Retention of Illinois Students & Equity (RISE) Act.
- Apply for ECC Foundation Scholarships to help cover costs of tuition.
- If you meet the necessary requirements for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), you can also have a work authorization to get a job on campus through work-study.
- ECC offers different payment plans to cover tuition costs for degree and certificate programs.