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Financial Options and Policies

Paying for Continuing Education Classes


In-district residents and out-of-district students are welcome to take our classes for the same registration fee.

Tuition fees are due and payable at time of registration. Fees vary in accordance with class length and other factors. Tax dollars are not used to support Continuing Education programs. Our courses are solely supported by student revenues, so classes must meet minimum enrollment. If a class is canceled due to low enrollment, you will receive a full refund of your tuition.

Cancellations and Refunds

Please help prevent canceled classes by enrolling early. Classes will be canceled prior to the start date if enrollment is too low. If this happens, you will receive a full refund of your tuition. If you choose to drop from a class, you must do so 24 hours prior to the start date of the course in order to receive a full refund. Note : non-attendance does not count as a withdrawal.

Request for Refund Form
If you are requesting a refund after the deadline, you must submit a Request for Tuition Refund form. Download the form or call (630) 942-2208 to request the form. 

Parent Refund Form For Youth Academy Participants

In the event of a class cancellation or student drop, College of DuPage Continuing Education will issue a refund to the name associated with the enrolled course. In order for a parent to receive the refund in their name, they will need to complete the following Parent Refund Form for Youth Academy Participants. This form needs to be completed no later than one week after the payment has been made for the course.


Scholarships are available through Continuing Education with funds from the College of DuPage Foundation. Call (630) 942-2208 or email for details.


You may qualify for assistance through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. Please visit for details.

Payment Plan

To help meet your educational expenses, Continuing Education also offers a payment plan for select professional programs. To learn more, call (630) 942-2208 or email

Alternative Loans

You may also consider applying for an alternative loan, which is a non-federal loan made by a lender such as a bank. Continuing Education non-credit programs eligible for loans include the following:

  • Truck Driving (CDL)
  • Massage Therapy
  • Healthcare: Dental Assistant, Pharmacy Technician or Veterinary Assistant
  • Lean Six Sigma Green Belt
  • Project Management Certification 
  • RN Refresher 

Finding an Alternative Loan

  1. Visit
  2. Enter "College of DuPage" in the School Search box.
  3. Choose "Undergraduate Credit" to see loan options for yourself.
  4. Choose "Parent Loan" if you are contributing to the education of someone other than yourself.
  5. Click on "Sort and Filter" to choose repayment options.
  6. By clicking "Compare," you may compare up to three loans at once.
  7. Once you have chosen your lender, click the "Apply" button and follow the prompts through the lender application process on their website. Some lenders may require listing “Continuing Ed/Certificate”  for the year in college on the application.
  8. Once you have received an approved status from your lender, contact the Office of Student Financial Assistance for the school certification process by emailing and include the Continuing Education program you are pursuing in your message.
  9. When completing the form, enter the dollar amount requested by term. For Continuing Education students:
    • Fall semester - Sept. to Dec.
    • Spring semester - Jan. to May
    • Summer semester - June to Aug.

The Office of Student Financial Assistance will certify the loan with the lender within three to five business days provided the office has received the required information for certification.

More details about loan processing, disbursement, credits and refunds may be obtained through the Office of Student Financial Assistance.

Contact Information

Continuing Education
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1110
(630) 942-2208
Fax: (630) 942-3785

Front Desk Hours
  • Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Office hours may vary due to holidays and staff coverage.