Common Registration Problems

Registering for courses at ECC is easy—especially if you plan.

Summer and fall semester registration begins in April, and signing up for the spring semester begins in November. Some classes fill quickly, so register early to reserve your spot in class. The better prepared you are on registration day, the smoother the process will go. Here are some of the most common registration issues, along with solutions.

Most services are available online by using the accessECC portal. However, please use our chat system or email us at registration@elgin.edu so we can assist you with registration-related questions and get you back on track.

No Application for Admission on File

If you’re an incoming student, you must apply for admission before registering for classes. Submit your application or email admissions@elgin.edu.

You must reapply if you previously attended ECC and are returning after two or more years. 

Prerequisites

You must meet prerequisites to be able to register for a course. Students may satisfy prerequisites by placing college-ready in reading, writing, and math. See placement tests for additional information.  

Tuition and Fees

To finalize enrollment and stay in your chosen classes, you can pay your tuition in full, sign up for our online payment plan, or complete your financial aid package by the published due dates.

Outstanding Financial Obligations

You won’t be able to register for classes if you have an outstanding balance. All financial obligations—including tuition, fees, parking tickets, equipment, and library fines—must be paid by the end of each semester or summer session.

Standards of Academic Progress

Students on Academic Caution, Academic Warning, or Academic Probation must participate in the required academic success intervention strategies before registering. For details, view standards of academic progress or contact your academic advisor.