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Your future matters and Elgin Community College is here to help you make it bright! Whether you're starting fresh after high school, returning to college, or adding certifications, our supportive environment, small classes, and affordable tuition make the journey smooth. Our campus is welcoming and inclusive, offering online and in-person activities, high-quality programs, academic advising, tutoring, and career support.

Applying is simple:

  • No deadlines or application fees
  • After applying, we'll email your student ID and guide you through enrollment. We're here for you at every step.

Select Your Student Profile

See your personalized application steps by selecting the category that best applies to you below.

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New College Students

I have never attended college before.

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Returning/Transfer Student

I have attended ECC or another college or university and I’m interested in returning or transferring to ECC.

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College While in High School

I want to earn college credit while in high school.

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Health Professions Student

I am interested in studying health professions.

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Summer Only Student

I attend a college or university and want to attend ECC in the summer only.

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International Student

I am a non-U.S. citizen interested in attending ECC full-time on an F-1 visa.

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Continuing Education Student

I want to take a class for personal enrichment, professional development, or corporate training.

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Illinois High School Diploma (GED) Student

I want to enroll in preparatory classes for the GED® and HiSET® exams.

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English as a Second Language (ESL) Student

I want to gain English language fluency.

Why ECC?

Affordable Education: You save substantially from a four-year school at $135 per credit hour and still get an outstanding education that expands your opportunities and earning power.

Financial Aid Options: We provide numerous options to make an ECC education more affordable. Scholarships are available whether you are just beginning your studies or are near graduation. Whether you are from high school or an adult learner, we have financial aid options!

Academic Excellence: Each of our more than 130 degree and certificate programs is rigorous, challenging, and focused on the real world. Classes are small here, and your instructors care about your academic success and who you are.

Career Development: We help you combine classroom knowledge with on-the-job learning, adding valuable work experience to your resume. Still searching for the right career path? Our Career Development Services can help.

Transfer Easily: Our transfer services agreements enable you to start at ECC and transfer smoothly to a bachelor's degree. ECC's credit courses have transferred to 1,100+ colleges and universities nationwide.

Learn More About ECC

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Monday through Thursday:7:30 am to 7 pm
Friday: Closed