College Now was created for high school juniors and seniors who want to either pursue a career track after high school or plan to transfer to a university.
Over 600 area high school students have earned college credits while they are still in high school. Whether you are a student, parent or guardian, we are delighted you are considering College Now. In these challenging economic times, taking advantage of College Now opportunities close to home makes sense and enrolling at a two-year community college is a smart financial choice.
What is College Now?
Participation in College Now is a great way for students to be challenged in their learning and get a head start on their college education while saving money by taking classes at their local community college. Students preparing to transfer are advised to refer directly to the official catalog of the college or university they plan to attend and meet that institution's requirements and recommendations for a selected area of concentration. Other transfer resources can be found online through iTransfer.
College Now classes are held during both the fall and spring semesters (depending on the high school) at LLCC-Jacksonville and are available to high school juniors and seniors. The classes are usually Mondays & Wednesdays and Tuesdays & Thursdays from 1:30-4 p.m. Students usually enroll in two classes or six to eight credit hours. All tuition, fees and textbook costs are the responsibility of the parent or guardian. Check with your high school to see if they are paying a portion of the tuition.
Students accepted for enrollment in college-level classes must have appropriate academic qualifications, a high level of motivation, and adequate time to devote to studying a college-level class. The students must meet all college criteria and follow all college procedures for enrolling in the classes. Ultimately, students must receive approval from their high school counselor to attend LLCC's College Now program. High school counselors usually look for students who will have earned enough credits to graduate, have a good attendance record and no behavioral problems.
Class attendance policy
Students are expected to attend class regularly, and shall notify their instructor(s) when they are unable to attend class. The instructor may establish class attendance as an achievement standard. (Board Policy 4.12)
Because LLCC views student participation as crucial to academic success, a student who has neither participated in a class nor communicated in some other way with the instructor during the first two weeks of class will be administratively withdrawn from such classes for non-attendance. This attendance verification period can be pro-rated for classes meeting over shorter terms. In such cases of administrative withdrawal, students are not entitled to a refund of tuition or fees. Those facing extenuating circumstances may go through the tuition refund appeals process.
It is the student's responsibility to obtain assignments and content missed when a class is not attended. When students are unable to attend class for an extended period, they shall notify the appropriate instructor(s). In cases where it creates an undue hardship on a student to contact all instructors, the director of LLCC-Jacksonville or designee shall contact his/her instructors.
In case you are going to miss class due to illness, you must report your absence to your high school as well as Lincoln Land Community College. Your LLCC instructor will let you know their preferred method of contact. College Now students are expected to attend all meetings and will not be excused for extracurricular activities. College Now students must follow LLCC's academic calendar.
Instructors establish their own individual course grading systems, evaluation methods, and course policies. These become official letter grades when reported by the instructor at the end of the semester. Letter grades promote meaningful evaluation of student achievement, inform students of academic progress, and assess student's readiness to advance.
It is important to understand that your grades will be generating an official college transcript which will become part of your permanent college record. Your performance in these classes may impact the following at Lincoln Land Community College: future federal financial aid including loans, admission criteria for special college programs, such as the Honors Program and future scholarships. As part of your permanent record, your performance in these classes may also affect your admission/enrollment and scholarship eligibility at other higher education institutions. Withdrawing from classes can have similar implications at LLCC or other higher education institutions.
Tuition and fees
Tuition and fees are based upon LLCC's rates. Tuition costs are reviewed each fall semester and are subject to change. Convenient payment plans are available.
The following classes are part of the College Now program. Not all courses are offered every semester.
The following are classes designed to transfer to a college or university after high school graduation are offered. These classes meet Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI) guidelines.
- ART 101: Art Appreciation
- BIO 175: Human Anatomy & Physiology I
- BIO 176: Human Anatomy & Physiology I
- CMN 101: Public Speaking
- EGL 101: Composition I
- EGL 102: Composition II
- PSY 101: General Psychology
- MAT 104: General Education Math
- MAT 141: Statistics
- SOC 101: Intro to Sociology
The Basic Nurse Assistant (CNA) class is designed for students who have career goals and want to get started on a career path while earning college credit.
- August/September: 1)Contact your high school counselor to let them know of your interest in College Now. 2) Apply to LLCC's College Now program. It's free! (When applying to LLCC, it is important to include the student's email address and cell phone number.)
- September/October: 3) Attend one of our student/parent information meetings. 4) Complete New Student Orientation. Links will be emailed to the student's email address.
- October/November: 5) Meet with your student success coach in-person or by phone to enroll in classes for the spring semester.
- December: 6) Tuition is due via payment in full or via payment plan. 7) Purchase textbooks.
Please ask high school students to contact their guidance counselor for more information.
Students and parents or guardians are welcome to make an appointment for success coaching with Keri Mason. Appointments can be made online or by calling 217-243-6699. Email questions to email@example.com.
LLCC-Jacksonville's College Now program has doubled in size. Seats are limited. If you think you are even possibly interested, please let your high school counselor know. There is no commitment until you register for classes.
There is no charge for the general admission process at LLCC. LLCC is an "open-door" college. All students aged 16 and over, graduates and non-graduates, qualify for admission. In special circumstances, the Vice President for Student Services (or the Vice President’s designee) in conjunction with the Vice President for Academic Services (or the Vice President’s designee) may, with mutual agreement of affected faculty, authorize admission to the college and registration into college-level classwork by students who do not meet all admissions criteria. (Board Policy 5.11) New and returning students must complete an admission application.
Accepted high school students should check their provided email address for additional instructions for registration. High school transcripts should be submitted at the end of the sophomore year. Actual class registration will be at the end of the New Student Orientation.
Yes, College Now students must complete a New Student Orientation.
LLCC accepts cash, check, money order, MasterCard, VISA and Discover. You may choose to pay tuition and fees in one lump sum, or you may set up and interest-free LLCC deferred tuition payment plan.
College Now courses adhere to the LLCC academic calendar. College Now students are required to attend classes although their high school may be closed. College Now classes will not be in session if no other LLCC classes are in session. If LLCC-Taylorville cancels classes due to inclement weather, students are not expected to attend LLCC classes. LLCC weather closing announcements are available at www.llcc.edu.
Books can be purchased online and at the LLCC Bookstore in Springfield approximately 10 days before each semester begins. There will be used books and rentals when they are available.
Students can obtain their student ID/Library card at LLCC-Jacksonville approximately two weeks after the beginning of classes. LLCC's library card can be used to order books online through LLCC's online book catalog.
LLCC-Jacksonville offers free tutor assistance in many classes. Contact LLCC-Jacksonville at 217-243-6699 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or drop by the student services office to arrange your tutoring session.
Many different events are scheduled through-out the year at LLCC-Jacksonville. Past events have included Lincoln Celebration, Multicultural Fest, blood drives and more!
New Student Orientation
A new student orientation will be scheduled for all approved College Now students. Due to space limitations, the orientation is for the students only. Students will be contacted with dates and times of orientations via email in March.