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A great education opens the door to a bright future.

At Elgin Community College, we’re committed to making that education as affordable as possible.

An Unbeatable Value

Tuition at ECC is a fraction of the cost you’d pay anywhere else. You can save thousands of dollars over the cost of a public or private university—and still get an outstanding education that will expand your opportunities and your earning power.

Financial Aid

We offer financial aid options that can bring your costs down even further:

  • Grants are need-based awards.
  • Scholarships are gift aid, meaning they are a free resource you do not repay.
  • Student employment gives you an opportunity to earn money while working on campus.
  • Federal loans are available for students and/or parents. This type of funding must be repaid according to the terms specified by the loan program.

We encourage you to apply for financial aid, even if you’re not sure you’ll qualify. On average, 80 percent of eligible students who completed an ECC Foundation scholarship application by June receive a scholarship.

Pay Your Bill Over Time

If you’re not prepared to pay your tuition in full before classes begin, pay in installments through one of our no-interest payment plans. A $30 non-refundable service fee per semester applies to use the payment plan. It’s a convenient and low-cost way to fund your education and manage your budget. Sign up early to get the best options. 

Financial $marts

Tuition bills and financial aid applications can be confusing, but we can help. Our Financial Literacy Program offers free workshops and resources to help you navigate the options and set a budget. 

Questions? Let us know. We’re here for you, every step of the way.