Scholarships are another fund source that students can apply for at College of DuPage.  Eligibility varies, as do the amount of each scholarship. Scholarships can be based on academic achievement, financial need, field of study and population.  Students are strongly encouraged to apply for scholarships through College of DuPage or outside resources.  Remember, the more scholarships and grants you receive, the less loan money you may need to borrow! 

College of DuPage Foundation Scholarships

These scholarships focus us:

    • academic achievement
    • program or major
    • financial need

Scholarships are awarded based on stated criteria and reviewer evaluation.  All reviewers are required to abide by COD's core values of integrity, honesty, respect, and responsibility.

Spring Semester 2015 Scholarship applications are available September 1, 2014 through November 1, 2014.

Please Note: Final awards are based on available funds at the time of the award. 

2014-15 College of DuPage Scholars Award

    • The Scholars Award includes the full-tuition Presidential Scholarship, and the partial tuition Board of Trustees, and Deans Scholarships. 

JumpStart Scholarship

    • Provide GED® credential students that have participated in a GED® prep course with a jump start into their college experience. 
    • Students who have completed the Adult ESL-0956  and/or ESL-0958 AND have passed the state-mandated exit test within the last 12 months are also eligible to apply for the JumpStart Scholarship.
    • Apply for JumpStart Scholarship 

External Scholarship Opportunities

Additional Scholarship Information/Searches




Contact Information

Office of Student Financial Assistance
Student Services Center (SSC), Room 2220, (630) 942-2251
Fax: (630) 942-2151


Monday to Thursday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Foundation Scholarship Reception


2013 Foundation Scholarship Reception

The 2013 Foundation Scholarship Reception was held on and is an opportunity for donors and scholars to meet.


  • Julia Andersen

    Julia AndersenEnglish

    "My advice for others is to go for it! Apply for any scholarships you qualify for, take the tours, bring it up with your counselor if they haven't already discussed it with you. Unfortunately, my senior counselor was not a big advocate for COD. I found myself convincing him that this was the right place for me to start. So remember, you know yourself better than anyone. If you think you'd like to start here, then do it. COD provides a top-notch education and plenty of excellent opportunities at an affordable price. Personally, I highly recommend it."

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  • Chad Bobik

    Chad BobikMusic

    "I started attending COD for all the logical reasons -- it's close to home, affordable, filled with magnificent teachers and has a great campus, not to mention that you get a top-notch education at a fraction of the price of a four-year university," Chad Bobik said. "My advice to others is to never sell yourself short and always strive for more. College of DuPage can be a magnificent, life-changing experience if you open yourself to it and just take that first step."

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  • Cherise Cerocke

    Cherise CerockeArchitecture

    I am so thankful College of DuPage offered architecture courses because they helped me know that architecture was the career path for me, without having to spend tens of thousands of dollars like I would have if I had taken these courses at a university," Cherise Cerocke said. "In addition, taking these specialized classes got me excited about architecture. I can now see a direct link between my college education and my career and life goals."

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  • Tom Faron

    Tom FaronAssociate in General Studies

    "I recommend College of DuPage to students who are trying to decide where to go. Don't underestimate the level of work required in the classes here just because it's not a four-year university. Many of these classes are based on the same material/book that a four-year university uses."

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