Elgin Community College

1700 Spartan Drive, Elgin, IL

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Elgin Community College, located in Elgin, Illinois, was founded in 1949 as a part of the Elgin Area School District U46. The school was given its own community college district two decades later, about a year after the Illinois Public Community College System was founded. The school serve a majority of Kane County, and parts of DeKalb, Cook, McHenry, and DuPage counties. The school originally held classes at Elgin High School, and was later given a 145 acre campus that was once a farm colony. Recently the school received funding to expand the campus in order to meet increased enrollment and renovate previously existing building.


Elgin Community College offers a variety of programs that allow for career development or academic transfer. Students may choose the program that best assists in the realization of their goals. Career programs provide training and education in a specific field, allowing the student to develop the skills and abilities necessary to enter the workforce as a qualified professional for long term employment. These programs typically mix traditional classroom education with practical education that allows students to utilize and perfect methods and techniques used within their field. Programs take between one and two years to complete and result in a certificate or associate degree which demonstrates competency to employers when seeking entry level employment.

Academic transfer is accomplished by enrolling in a program that covers the first two years of a four year education, followed by applying to a college or university to continue their education and complete the final two years of their bachelor's degree. Students will have an easier time transferring to public schools in Illinois through preexisting transfer agreements, though it is possible to transfer credits to out of state or private institutions. Students should meet with an academic advisor to discuss transfer requirements and develop a curriculum that best meets the needs of the desired school or schools.

Programs offered include:

Admissions and Financial Aid

As an open enrollment institution, any individual wishing to enroll at Elgin Community College may do so by meeting the minimum admissions requirements, submitting a completed application, and paying all fees. Students should also supply transcripts and standardized test scores, and may be  required to take a standardized test score. Students should also participate in orientation and meet with a counselor to discuss program enrollment and curriculum.

Financial aid is available in the form of loans, grants and scholarships and is awarded based on need. Students must submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) which determines the extent of need when constructing the student's financial aid packet. Aid should be applied for prior to each academic year due to shifting financial circumstances from year to year. Students should also apply for aid in a timely manner in order to ensure funds are disbursed when needed.

Estimated Costs & Financial Aid

The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $4,300. To calculate a more personalized cost visit the net price calculator. The figures listed below are for informational purposes only and do not represent current or future tuition, fees, and expenses.

Tuition & Fees Information

  • Annual tuition range:
    • State Residents: $2,900-$3,400
    • Out-of-State: $12,000-$14,340
  • Charges for part-time students are:
    • In-State: $120-$140 per unit
    • Out-of-State: $500-$600 per unit

Financial Aid Details

The table below breaks down the types of financial aid, the percent of students receiving aid, and average amount of aid per student per year.

 Percent of StudentsAverage Amount
Any Financial Aid52%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships50%$3,617
Receiving Student Loans9%$3,685

Admissions, Academics, & Student Services

Student Services

To support students and graduates, Elgin Community College may provide services like:

  • Distance learning
  • Remedial courses
  • Counseling assistance
  • Employing students to lower education costs
  • Assistance to find work
  • Day care for children

Graduation & Transfer Rates

Many community colleges are not only a source of technical or career training but also a stepping stone for students to transfer-out to a 4-year college, therefore we have included both graduation and transfer rates below and how Elgin Community College compares against other community colleges in Kane County and the community colleges in Illinois as a whole.

 Elgin Community CollegeKane CountyIllinois
Graduation Rate28.7%29.4%23.9%
Transfer-out Rate21.5%22.7%26.6%

Specialized Programs & Accreditations

  • Dental Assistant Program (more info)
    • Accredited by the American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation (since 1969)
  • Magnetic Resonance Technologist Program
    • Accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (since 2015)
  • Massage Therapy & Bodywork Program (more info)
    • Accredited by the Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation (since 2007)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing (ADN) Program (more info)
  • Radiology Technician Program
    • Accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (since 2009)

Programs Offered

The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.

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(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)

Business and Marketing Studies

Communication Technology

Computer and Information Sciences


Engineering Technology

Family and Consumer Sciences

Health and Clinical Professions

Interdisciplinary Studies

Legal Professions and Studies

Liberal Arts and Sciences

Mechanic and Repair Technology

Personal and Culinary Services

Precision Production

Public Administration and Social Services

Recreation and Fitness Studies

Science Technology

Security and Protective Services

Transportation and Materials Moving

Visual and Performing Arts

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