Veterans Services

ECC Is Veteran-Friendly

Thank you for your military service! Whether you are starting college for the first-time or re-entering college, ECC welcomes veterans home to a great college experience. Expect personalized attention to help you select a program of study which incorporates the skills you learned in the military with work in a field you enjoy.

Why should veterans choose ECC?


ECC ranks as a military-friendly school according to G.I. Jobs Magazine for 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 & 2016. ECC provides a quality education, with flexible scheduling and course delivery options which fit your lifestyle. ECC focuses our educational programs on courses of study and majors which are in-demand in the workforce. This is key to your success in making the transition from military career - to college student -to a candidate that employers are looking to hire.

  • Affordable tuition, a fraction of the cost charged by public universities, private colleges and technical institutes. Compare tuition costs.
  • Close to home–less travel time means more time for family and/or a job, to study or to take more courses. View our campus locations.
  • Personalized support services to minimize distractions outside of class.
  • First-rate instruction in transfer and career-technical education to fit your educational goals.
  • In-district tuition at almost 30 other community colleges if ECC doesn’t have the program of study you seek.
  • Flexible learning options to study and attend classes when it’s convenient for you.
  • A safe campus and secure learning environment.
  • Small classes and attentive teachers whose first priority is teaching not publishing, not researching.
  • Has an established veterans support team which serves our military students.

Other Recognitions

  • Marines Corps toys for tots participation: 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013 and 2012

Student Veteran-Focused Services


  • Designated veteran coordinator on staff - Anitra King, veteran and student success specialist. Located in Building B, Career Development Services Office, Room B120. Call 847-214-7531 or email aking@elgin.edu.
  • Assists with:
    • Academic guidance and support needed to make the most of your educational experience
    • Helps with requesting your military transcripts for evaluation
  • In-processing veterans orientation
  • Career planning (for decided and undecided student veterans)
  • Job-search assistance:
    • Resume and cover letter writing
    • Interviewing skills
  • Transition and life skills
  • Resources and referrals (within ECC and outside sources)
  • Veteran retention

Financial Benefits for Veterans


  • Designated veteran benefits specialist on staff - Samantha D'Alessandro, VA certifying official. Located in Building B, Financial Aid Office, Room B156. Call 847-214-7520 or email sdalessandro@elgin.edu.
  • Answer questions, explains and certifies benefits (federal and state)
  • Directs veterans/students to grants, loans, and scholarships
  • Awards veterans/students financial aid and answer financial aid questions

Academics


Policy on Transfer Credits - For all veterans and eligible persons, an evaluation of previous education and training can be conducted. Request your military transcript at https://jst.doded.mil/. Appropriate credit is granted, and can reduce some classes you may need to take.

The above website address has been verified by ECC to be legitamate.

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