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How to Apply

Applying is easy, and there’s no deadline or fee. After you submit your application, we will process it within 24 hrs and send you an email with your student ID and your next steps. We’re here to help every step of the way. 

New College Students

Never attended college before? Here's how to get started.

Transfer Students

If you’ve attended another college or university, apply to ECC as a transfer student.

Summer Transfer Students

Planning on taking a few summer classes? Applying to ECC as a summer transfer student is easy.

Returning Students

Did you attend ECC in the past? Welcome back!

High School Students

Get a head start on college by earning credits while you’re still working on your high school diploma. Here's how.

International Students

If you're a non-U.S. citizen interested in attending ECC on a visa, apply as an international student.

Continuing Education Students

Interested in taking a few continuing education classes for fun or personal development? Here's how to register.

GED®, Adult Basic Education, and ESL Students

ECC offers free ESL, GED, and basic adult education classes. Learn more and register now.


Programs with Special Admission Requirements

Some of our programs have extra admission requirements.

Additional Relief Funds Available

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.