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Admissions Policies

Admission Requirements

Admission is open to anyone who is a high school graduate, has earned a GED or is at least 18 years old and can benefit from college-level instruction. To qualify for federal student aid, students must have a high school diploma or a recognized equivalent such as a General Educational Development (GED) certificate or have completed a high school education in a homeschool setting approved under state law.

Admission can be granted to others by the Director of Admissions and Outreach (Board Policy 20-50). The College prohibits discrimination in its admission, employment, and educational programs or activities on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, creed, national origin, age, ancestry, marital status, sexual orientation, arrest record, military status or unfavorable military discharge, citizenship status, and physical or mental handicap or disability (Board Policy 20-5).

Prospective students need to apply to the Office of Admissions and Outreach. Students should submit official transcripts from high schools and colleges or universities they have attended. No entrance exams are required for admission; however, entrance exam information is helpful to college advisors who assist students with their educational planning. Therefore, students are encouraged to submit national college entrance tests such as the ACT. Placement tests in reading, writing and mathematics may be needed.

Admissions Application Fee

A one-time only $20 non-refundable application fee must be paid at the submission of the undergraduate application or it will not be considered completed.

Fee Waiver Documentation

To qualify for a waiver of the $20 General Application Fee, an individual must provide proof of financial hardship, record veteran information on their application (veteran or active) or receive one of our special waiver codes at select events (fee waiver coupons).

The following is a list of acceptable forms of documentation, as they are programs offered through the state of Illinois for public aid/assistance. The applicant's name must be printed on the proof and it must not be expired.

  • Medicaid card
  • IL SNAP/Explanation of Benefits (accompanies the LINK card)
    *copy of the person's eligibility can be obtained through DHS.illinois.gov
  • State of Illinois All Kids Insurance benefit card (individual's name must be on the card, and the card must be valid)
  • PADS ID card or letter from PADS
  • WorkNet DuPage card
  • Letter from IL Department of Human Services (unemployment)
  • Letter stating that student is a part of the TRIO program
  • Letter from high school, on school letterhead, requesting waiver based on pre-determined economic need.
  • Social Security Benefits Letter
  • SAR-Student Aid Report documentation (the response from government after review of the FAFSA) indicating 2500 or less EFC (Expected Family Contribution)
  • Documentation supporting that the applicant is part of the foster care system or ward of the state

Acceptable forms of documentation for veterans, active duty, or National Guard/Reserve service members:

  • DD214
  • VA Certificate of Eligibility
  • Letter from Education Service Officer (ESO) for DOD Tuition Assistance

All forms can be faxed emailed or brought to the Office of Admissions and Outreach (Student Services Center (SSC), Room 2207. All veteran forms can be faxed, emailed, or brought to the Veterans Services Office (SSC 2225). The application fee will not be refunded after payment has been submitted.

Non-Discrimination Policy

The College will not discriminate in its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, religion or creed, sex, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, sexual orientation, arrest record, military status or unfavorable discharge from military service, citizenship status, use of lawful products while not at work, physical or mental handicap or disability.

Predatory Recruiting Policy

The College refrains from providing commission, bonus, or other incentive payment based directly or indirectly on securing enrollments or federal financial aid to any persons or entities engaged in any student recruiting, admission activities, or making decisions regarding the award of student financial assistance.

The College also refrains from high-pressure recruitment tactics such as making multiple unsolicited contacts, including contacts by phone, email, or in-person, or engaging in same-day recruitment and registration for the purpose of securing enrollments.

Contact Information

Admissions is working remotely during the following hours:

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

Phone: (630) 942-2626

Email: admissions@cod.edu 

Chat: online chat feature

You can also schedule an online appointment with our admissions representatives.