Financial Aid

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Explore financial aid opportunities at ECC.

The Financial Aid & Scholarships Office staff accepts financial aid forms and documents via email, fax at 847-608-5460 or mail. We will be awarding financial aid during this time and, if you are eligible for any grants, we will email you and let you know that you have been awarded. If you are not eligible for a grant and need a student loan, please email financialaid@elgin.edu. We can answer questions about your financial aid and we will contact you directly.


If you are awarded a Foundation or Board of Trustees Academic scholarship you will receive an email confirming which scholarship(s) you receive and the amount(s). Applications are still being accepted, and you can visit the Scholarships page to apply.

Both full-time and part-time students may qualify to receive financial aid.

Important Information


Submit Your FAFSA®

​Starting October 1, 2020, the 2021-2022 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) will be available for you to complete at studentaid.gov.

This will determine what and/or you may be eligible to receive.

If you need help completing your FAFSA, stop by the Financial Aid & Scholarships Office in Building B, Room B156, and we will be happy to assist you. Remote assistance is also available. For questions or to schedule an appointment, call us at 847-214-7360 or email financialaid@elgin.edu

We encourage you to stop by one hour before the office closes to provide enough time to complete your FAFSA. If you are applying for financial aid for the current 2020-2021 year, please complete the 2020-2021 FAFSA at studentaid.gov.

The 2021-2022 Alternative Application for Illinois Financial Aid is available in English and Spanish. Undocumented students and transgender students meeting the criteria of the Retention of Illinois Students and Equity (RISE) Act may file this application. Further details are provided on the RISE Act page, available in English and Spanish.

Additional Relief Funds Available

Please consider applying to our Student Success Fund if you have been negatively affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Once a student has applied, an evaluator will reach out to them and work with them to help get relief funding.

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.

Income & Tax Information

Students will report income and tax information from an earlier tax year. You (and your parents, if applicable) will need to use the 2019 income and tax information to fill out the new 2021-2022 FAFSA

Here’s a summary of key dates for submitting the FAFSA depending on when you plan to go to school:

Summary of key dates for submitting the FAFSA®.
If you plan to attend ECC during:You will submit this FAFSA:You can submit the FAFSA beginning:Using Income & Tax info from:
Summer 2021, Fall 2021, Spring 2022 2021-2022 October 1, 2020 2019
Summer 2022, Fall 2022, Spring 2023 2022-2023 October 1, 2021 2020

How to Apply For Financial Aid


ECC connects approximately 5,000 students to over $16 million in financial aid each year. Learn more about how you can apply for financial aid today.

Additional information

Types of Financial Aid

Effective January 1, 2021, student workers will be paid $11 per hour. Review the policies and procedures to receive financial aid.