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Scholarships are an opportunity for students to complete their education without having to incur student loan debt. 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! 


These scholarships focus on:

  • 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.

Fall Semester Scholarship applications accepted Jan. 15 through March 31

Spring Semester Scholarship applications accepted Sept 1 through Nov. 1

The Scholars Award Program is College of DuPage's premier merit-based scholarship program for 2021-2022 high school graduates. A limited number of scholarships are awarded each year, so applicants should try to highlight why they stand out on their Scholars Award application.

This scholarship provides students that have participated in a GED® prep course and successfully earned their high school equivalency with a jump start into their college experience. 

  • Students who have completed the Adult ELA-0956 and/or ELA-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.

Please note: Students are only eligible to receive this scholarship once.

Students who have completed their studies at College of DuPage may be eligible for transfer scholarships to Aurora University, Elmhurst University, Millikin University or North Central College. Learn More.


Contact Information

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

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