Elmhurst offers several programs designed to meet the specific needs of working adult students who wish to complete a bachelor’s degree. Courses that fulfill major requirements for these programs may be completed through evening classes that meet once a week. Most major coursework for the degree completion programs can be completed within approximately 16 months. Additional courses required to complete a degree (such as Integrated Curriculum requirements) may take longer to complete.
Adult students may enroll either as part-time or full-time students and may take courses year round in the traditional Fall and Spring terms, as well as during the January and Summer terms. Faculty members teaching in our adult programs include many of our full-time professors, as well as seasoned practitioners from a variety of fields.
Degree-completion programs are:
- Elmhurst Mangement Program (Business Administration)
- Information Technology
- Applied Psychology
- RN to BSN
Elmhurst also offers the following undergraduate certificate programs (online):
- Certificate in Cyber Security
- Certificate in Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
To qualify for admission to these programs, students must be at least 24 years old in the year in which they enroll at the College and have approximately one year of prior successful college or university work. Program directors reserve the right to admit students under the age of 24 who are qualified to meet the requirements of a degree completion or undergraduate certificate program. Prospective adult students are strongly encouraged to have an admission interview.
To receive an application for admission to adult programs, or to make interview arrangements, please call, write or e-mail:
190 Prospect Avenue
Elmhurst, Illinois 60126-3296
Applications may also be submitted online at apply.elmhurst.edu.
Degree-Completion Programs Tuition
Part-time tuition for the 2019-2020 academic year for adult degree-completion programs is $625 per .25 unit of credit (one semester hour).
Students are required to either pay their balance in full by the initial due date for a term (the 15th of the month prior to the start of term) or enroll in one of the following payment plans:
Auto-Pay Plan. Set up automatic five monthly payments from your checking or savings account. No cost to enroll and no monthly service fees.
Non-Auto Pay Plan. Make five monthly payments in one of the following ways:
- By check through the mail or in person at the Office of Student Financial Services
- With an online bank transfer through TouchNet Connect
- Pay online with a credit card through TouchNet Connect (a user fee of 2.75% with a minimum fee of $3.00 is charged by the third-party processor on all credit card transactions)
No cost to enroll and no monthly service fees.
Payments are due on the 15th of each month. A $90 late fee is charged for payments not received on time. Accounts not enrolled on a payment plan and not paid in full will be charged a 1% service fee each month. Payments returned due to insufficient funds will be assessed a $30 NSF fee.
When a student’s employer or other agency, under its tuition benefit plan, authorize a billing and will pay the tuition directly to Elmhurst College, service charges relating to the payment will be waived or removed provided the payment is received within six weeks of the beginning of the term.
In order to participate in this program, the student must submit an official letter of authorization or tuition voucher to the Office of Student Financial Services prior to or with registration. The Office of Student Financial Services bills the employer or other funding agency directly.
Elmhurst College reserves the right to qualify the plan or reject applications that lack the appropriate authorization. Information regarding this payment alternative can be obtained from the Office of Student Financial Services.
Tuition Reimbursement Plan
Some employers offer direct reimbursement of tuition to their employees upon the successful completion of the term. Students eligible for tuition reimbursement from their employer may elect to participate in our Tuition Reimbursement Plan. Under this plan, payment of tuition covered by an employer will be deferred until six weeks after the end of the term. Students will be required to enroll in this program on a per-term basis.
To enroll, students will be required to pay a $25.00 fee per term upon request for enrollment in the program, as well as provide a letter from their employer indicating that they are eligible for this benefit. The letter must be received by the Office of Student Financial Services prior to the start of each term, must outline the amount of reimbursement the student is eligible for in that specific term, and be on the employer’s letterhead.
Adult students who feel they will need financial aid to complete their education are encouraged to apply early. Adult students are eligible to receive financial aid from virtually all of the same programs as traditional-age students. To apply, students should file the FAFSA at www.fafsa.gov. Students may file the FAFSA starting on October 1 for the following Fall Term.
To be considered for financial aid, a student must attend Elmhurst College on at least a half-time basis (1.50 credits/six semester hours) and be enrolled in a degree or teacher certification program.
Loans are the primary source of financial aid for part-time and second-degree students and those seeking teacher certification.
Adult students in a degree completion program who are new to the College must meet with an advisor in the Office of Admission for academic advising and registration.
Students’ grades are available via the Student Portal, which is accessible through the College’s website. Students can request an official grade report letter from the Office of Registration and Records after at least two-course grades have been posted for a given term.
All other questions regarding grade processing, grade availability or transcripts should be directed to the Office of Registration and Records. When asking about grades, students should identify themselves as students in a degree completion program and provide the course(s) and section number(s) in which they are enrolled.
Due to the interrelated sequencing of courses in our degree completion programs, students must satisfactorily complete all courses in sequence. Students who receive a failing grade for a course must immediately contact the program director or Office of Admission to discuss provisions for repeating the course. In some cases, students may not be able to continue in the program until the failed course has been successfully repeated.
To be in good standing, degree-seeking students must maintain both a term and a cumulative grade-point average of 2.00 for each term. The Academic Standings Committee reviews the standings of all students for each term and determines the probationary status or dismissal of those students who do not meet the criteria for good standing. For more information, students should contact their academic advisor, as well as reference the Elmhurst College E-Book and this catalog.
Students must officially withdraw from all the courses for which they are registered using the appropriate form available in the Office of Registration and Records. If a student stops attending a course or courses within a given term and does not officially withdraw from the program, a grade of F will be placed on the student’s record for all courses not completed. Please see the Withdrawal/Withdrawal Deadlines/Refund Policy section under Tuition and Payment regarding deadlines and tuition charges.
Admitted students planning to reenter one of the degree completion programs after withdrawal from the program must contact the Office of Admission regarding current policies, registration procedures, and course availability.
If you are interested in registering for additional Elmhurst College courses during the program or after you complete the program, please refer to the Elmhurst College website at elmhurst.edu for a listing of courses. Students may also receive help from their advisor in the Office of Admissions
Graduation honors will be based on credits and grades earned from both Elmhurst College and transfer schools. For students who have met all requirements as outlined in the Elmhurst College Catalog, the College confers degrees in May. Students must submit an Application for Graduation, available from the Office of Advising, one year prior to the anticipated graduation date.
Your advisor in the Office of Admission is available to assist students in planning their academic programs and achieving their personal and educational goals. Students are encouraged to schedule an appointment to meet with the advisor. During this session, students will receive information regarding the completion of their degrees at Elmhurst College. Students will also learn about nontraditional forms of credit. After the first semester, students will be advised by the director of their program for the rest of their time at Elmhurst College.
While the advisor is available to assist students, it is the student’s responsibility to refer to the Elmhurst College Catalog to learn the requirements for his or her degree program, to schedule courses that fulfill the College’s requirements, to select alternative courses that are appropriate if original courses are closed, and to meet course prerequisites as specified.
Elmhurst College offers courses in an online format to fulfill Integrated Curriculum requirements and elective credit for adult students. Refer to the Academic Programs and Integrated Curriculum sections of this catalog for further information. In addition, the College website will indicate new online courses as they become available.