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Affordability: Save substantially from a four-year school at $132 per credit hour. The average cost of a four-year, public university in Illinois is $13,607 per year, which means you could save $19,270 by completing your first two years at ECC.

Career Certifications & Development: Earn a certificate and learn in-demand skills needed for today's workforce. Complete a short-term certificate and continue your coursework toward higher certification levels or an associate degree.

Transfer Easily: ECC is the ideal place to start your path toward a bachelor’s degree, earn credits for university transfer, or even complete a 4-year degree with a partner university on ECC's campus.

Flexibility: Classes are available in hybrid, online, and face-to-face formats, with some courses held during evenings and weekends. The Associate of Arts degree can now be completed fully online.

Support: Get help every step of the way from experienced faculty and support services, including free tutoring.

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ECC has generous financial aid and scholarship funding available to help you reach your educational goals. Flexible payment plans are also available. To help us determine your eligibility, all students are encouraged to apply for financial aid and scholarships. For assistance, contact the ECC Financial Aid Office.


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ECC is nationally recognized as a leader college

Aspen Prize For Community College Semifinalist 2023
Aspen Prize For Community College Excellence Top 150 2021
Aspen Prize For Community College Excellence Top 150 2019
Aspen Prize For Community College Excellence Top 150 2015