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Registration Now Open for Summer, Fall 2021 Classes

Summer and fall registration now open for all students

Open registration for Parkland College Fall Semester 2021 starts April 5. See a full listing of available courses at

Fall semester classes begin the week of August 23 (for full 16-week and first 8-week sessions) and later with expanded in-person course offerings following guidance of the Restore Illinois plan.

See the College Calendar for dates and deadlines, drop/withdrawal steps, tuition and fee information, and more. Students may need to meet with an academic advisor before registering. Academic advisors are available remotely, by emailing For a listing of registration steps, please visit

Register by August 22 for classes that begin August 23, by September 12 for classes that begin September 13, and by October 17 for classes that begin October 18. 


GEER Up Now Accepting Applications for Summer 2021

Parkland Program Offers Free Classes to Area High Schoolers

Parkland College's GEER Up program is returning this summer to help eligible area high school students transition to college with free credit-earning classes and is accepting applications.

Funded by the Governor's Emergency Education Relief Fund announced last year, GEER Up will serve an additional 50 students this summer, according to Lisa Lyne, program manager for Early College Services.

"We've been pleased with the success of the program so far," said Lyne. "It's important to us that our area students have the opportunity to prepare for college, no matter where they go."

GEER Up assists high school students interested in dual enrollment classes at Parkland College and who are facing increased financial hardship. The program provides eligible students up to $2,500 in assistance for tuition, fees, books, and technology in an award package determined by the student's chosen program of study.

While the program aims to expand access to dual enrollment classes for District 505's low-income, underrepresented, and first-generation high school students, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, Parkland College's efforts to serve these populations doesn't stop there.

"GEER Up ensures that our students are able to access and find success in Parkland career programs," said Lyne. "A major goal of the program is to help these students transition smoothly to higher education through academic support, access to academic advising, and financial literacy coaching."

The program requires that students take First Year Experience 101, which helps them with self-assessment, goal-setting, educational and career planning, time management, interpersonal communication, and personal development. In addition, students receive support from faculty mentors, and can choose to take additional coursework to earn credits.

Parkland College is currently accepting applications for the GEER Up program.

Summer Session 2021 begins on May 17. All high school students may apply, including 2021 high school graduates. Applications are available and submitted at Academic advising is available to students upon application.

For more information, please visit or contact the Early College Office at or 217/353-2663.

Registration Opens Soon for Summer and Fall 2021

Expanded in-person options for fall

Open registration for Parkland College's Summer Session 2021 and Fall Semester 2021 starts soon! See a full listing of available courses at

The college will continue with online and hybrid courses for the summer session, and plans to add expanded in-person options for fall.

Registration for Summer Session 2021 will open March 29. Register by May 16 for classes that start May 17; by June 6 for classes that start June 7; and by July 5 for classes that start July 6.

Fall Semester 2021 registration will start on April 5, with classes beginning the week of August 23 (for full 16-week and first 8-week sessions) and later.

In-person classes will follow the CDC's COVID-19 safety guidelines established last year and are contingent upon the district remaining in Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois plan. Students can still expect a high quality of instruction and connection with faculty through all online, hybrid, and in-person courses.

Parkland College is ready to assist and support students who may need help accessing and navigating online education. Faculty will connect with students before classes begin, providing detailed instructions for using the Cobra Learning classroom environment.

See the College Calendar for dates and deadlines, drop/withdrawal steps, tuition and fee information, and more. Students may need to meet with an academic advisor before registering. Academic advisors are available remotely, by emailing For a listing of registration steps, please visit  

Parkland College Foundation Fall 2021 Scholarships Now Open

Fall 2021 scholarship application due March 15

The Parkland College Foundation is now accepting scholarship applications for Fall 2021 through the Parkland Scholarship Manager.

The Foundation will host two virtual scholarship workshops: March 2 at 6 p.m. and March 9 at noon, via Zoom and streamed to Facebook, for current and prospective students interested in completing an application.

Current students are encouraged to apply for Fall 2021 scholarships, even if they are unsure if they'll be enrolling for fall. Prospective students must apply to Parkland College at before they can apply for Parkland scholarships. 

Current students can visit the Scholarship Manager and use their ParklandOne credentials to login. Once logged in, they will be asked to complete the main Scholarship Application, which will match them with scholarships they are eligible for through the Parkland College Foundation. Students must upload either two letters of recommendation or enter the email address for two recommenders and write an essay. Some scholarships may require additional information or essay work; students will see these additional opportunities once they have submitted the main Scholarship Application.

Once the Scholarship Application is submitted, the Parkland College Foundation committee will appoint the scholarships and notify the winners. Online notification and distribution of awards will be handled through the Scholarship Manager system.

Applications for Fall 2021 scholarships are due Monday, March 15, at 5 p.m.

For need-based scholarships, students must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at FASFAs must be submitted by March 15, 2021.

For questions about scholarships, please contact the Financial Aid and Veteran Services office at 217/351-2222 or; or the Foundation office at 217/355-3165 or

Parkland Pathway to Illinois Virtual Open House, Feb. 23

Prospective students and parents invited to free online event

High school students can learn more about a Parkland College program guaranteeing them admission in selected colleges at the University of Illinois while saving money on tuition.
The Parkland Pathway to Illinois Virtual Open House will be held Tuesday, Feb. 23 from 6 to 8 p.m. on Zoom. Prospective students and their parents are welcome to attend.
Representatives from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Parkland College will answer questions about the Parkland Pathway to Illinois program, including eligibility, financial aid, admissions, and other topics. 

For qualifying Illinois high school graduates who begin college at Parkland and are interested in transferring to the University of Illinois, the program is an opportunity to gain guaranteed admission to certain University of Illinois programs. While preparing to transfer, participating students will be able to integrate their time as full-time Parkland students with resources and classes at Illinois. Pathway students typically complete the program in two years, but AP credit and college credit earned in high school may affect program length.

To RSVP for this event, please go to

For more information about the program, please visit the Pathway to Illinois page, contact Student Services Advisor Mary Kay Smith at 217/351-2482, or email