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Early College Checklist
High School Students
Many students decide to get an early start on college by taking classes at ICC in the evening, online, or in the summer while they are still in high school.
01Apply to ICC
If you haven’t done so previously, apply online—it is free and easy!
There are multiple ways to meet the placement requirements and pre-requisites for courses. A full listing of options for placement is available. If you are not sure, please contact the Testing Office at (309) 694-5234.
A. Send Your Test Scores
If your ACT/SAT scores will meet the requirements, you can either request scores directly from ACT/SAT (ACT code 1035 and SAT code 1312 ) or have your high school send your official high school transcript if the test scores are on the transcript (faster and less expensive option).
B. Take the Placement Tests
Testing is available at all campuses and occasionally is scheduled at high schools. If you need to take the placement tests at ICC, you can make your appointment online. If you need assistance, please call us at (309) 694-5234.
Select the classes you are interested in taking and enroll online or in person at any ICC campus. If you want assistance selecting classes, you can meet with an academic advisor. Make an appointment by calling (309) 694-5281.
Early College through Area High Schools
Students who are interested in enrolling for Early College classes to get a head start on college have two options. Check with your high school counselor about the opportunities that are available through your school.
A. Early College at the High School(sometimes referred to as dual credit)
Students enrolling in Early College coursework at their high school need to work with their high school counselor regarding enrollment and requirements.
B. Early College at ICC CampusesStudents enrolling in Early College coursework at ICC will need to work with their high school counselor regarding enrollment and requirements.
Early College students enrolling in either of the two options above may be eligible for a Federal Pell Grant as part of ICC’s participation in a federal pilot program. This opportunity is only available to students in public high schools who have signed an agreement with ICC and have completed a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
Check with your high school counselor to see if your school participates in this program. Visit the Financial Aid website or call the office with any questions at (309) 694-5311.
If you qualify for a Pell Grant while still in high school, you MUST attend a Financial Aid Education Session. Check our dates and learn more about the sessions. Assistance in completing the FAFSA will also be available at these sessions.
For general questions about Early College, contact the Early College office at [email protected].
04Apply for Financial Assistance
a. Complete the FAFSA
Be sure to fill out your online Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). We encourage students to complete the FAFSA as soon as possible after October 1 for the following year. Visit the Financial Aid website or call the office with any questions at (309) 694-5311. If you are applying for financial aid, your high school and all college transcripts must be sent to ICC.