Five top reasons to attend ECC

National Excellence: ECC is one of the nation’s top 25 community colleges, according to The Aspen Institute.

Substantial Savings: You could save $19,036 (or more!) by completing your first two years at ECC. At only $132 per credit hour compared to the average cost of $350 per credit hour at a public, four-year university in Illinois.

Career Training: Learn in-demand skills needed for today's workforce. ECC can help you explore career paths and gain hands-on experience through internships and apprenticeships.

Transfer Easily: ECC credits have transferred to more than 1,000 colleges and universities nationwide over the last five years.

Vibrant Campus: Connect, grow, and succeed with on-campus resources and engagement opportunities like athletics, student organizations, and performing arts.

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Let Us Help You Pay For College

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

Elgin Community College has been recognized as a Top 150 community college in the nation by The Aspen Institute in 2021, 2019, 2017, and 2013. ECC is the only Chicago-land community college recognized as an Aspen Prize Top 150 college more than two times. In 2022, ECC was named among the top 25 colleges nationwide as a semifinalist for the 2023 $1 million Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, the signature recognition of high achievement and performance among America's community colleges. Eligible colleges must show strong and improving student outcomes in critical areas, including retention, completion, transfer, and equity.

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