Tuition Comparison

Coming to ECC for the first two years of your bachelor's degree is one of the smartest moves you can make!

These are some of the most popular schools ECC students transfer to after receiving an associate degree. Here is what you can save—on tuition and fees alone—if you attend ECC your first two years. And that doesn't even include the potential savings in costs for room, board, and transportation you may enjoy by attending ECC.

Tuition Comparison Summary


Local Associate Degree
 Annual Tuition/Fees*2 Year Tuition/Fees
Elgin Community College (transfer or AAS degree) $3,972 $7,944
Public Illinois Universities
 Annual Tuition/Fees*4 Year Tuition/Fees2 ECC +2 Tuition/FeesSavings by attending ECC% Savings by attending ECC
Illinois State University $15,128 $60,512 $38,200 $22,312 36.87%
Northern Illinois University $12,413 $49,652 $32,770 $16,882 34.00%
University of Illinois - Chicago $15,458 $61,832 $38,860 $22,972 37.15%
University of Illinois - Urbana $16,862 $67,448 $41,668 $25,780 38.22%
Private Illinois Universities
 Annual Tuition/Fees*4 Year Tuition/Fees2 ECC +2 Tuition/FeesSavings by attending ECC% Savings by attending ECC
Aurora University $25,600 $102,400 $59,144 $43,256 42.24%
DePaul University $40,551 $162,204 $89,046 $73,158 45.10%
Loyola University - Chicago $46,588 $186,352 $101,120 $85,232 45.74%
Out-of-State Universities
 Annual Tuition/Fees*4 Year Tuition/Fees2 ECC +2 Tuition/FeesSavings by attending ECC% Savings by attending ECC
Iowa State University $24,508 $98,032 $56,960 $41,072 41.90%
University of Iowa $31,793 $127,172 $71,530 $55,642 43.75%

Tuition and fees quoted as full-time (15 hours) fall and spring semesters based on 2020-2021 rates for ECC and the four-year institutions.

collegeboard.organd individual school websites. All information, including tuition and fees, is subject to change.