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From science and tech to arts and humanities, plus everything in between, you'll find professors who know your name and the learning support you need. Check out the academic possibilities.

Get all the support you've earned.

Hundreds of veterans take Parkland College classes each year, and we offer a wealth of services to support you. From tutoring to academic advisors to accessibility services, we strive to answer your needs.

Tutoring and more.

The Parkland College Learning Commons is a physical and virtual hub for learning; a place for students to connect with faculty, peer tutors, print and electronic information resources, instructional support services, instructional technology, and each other to achieve their learning goals.

Ready? Let's start the process.

step 1

Apply to Parkland

To take classes at Parkland College, you must fill out and submit an admissions application. To have access to most veterans benefits, it's important to choose a program of study.

step 2

Send Transcripts

Please have your official high school transcript, State of Illinois High School Diploma, or other high school equivalency transcript mailed to Parkland College. If applicable, also have official transcripts mailed from any colleges you have attended. Institutions may send transcripts electronically through any of the major exchange networks. Currently, we are accepting transcripts directly from the student as unofficial, but you will need official high school transcripts to receive financial aid. Please email transcripts to admissions@parkland.edu

If you would like to have your military experience evaluated for college credit, please request those transcripts at the Joint Services Transcript websiteOnce the transcripts are received at Parkland, you can connect with a credentials analyst to see what credits can be evaluated.

step 3

Get Connected

Once you have applied, we will send you email about how to set up your Parkland College student accounts. E-tools is a great place to start if you need more help with that process.

step 4

Seek Financial Aid

Looking for help to pay for classes? Visit Financial Aid for information on grants and scholarships. Veterans are encouraged to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in addition to their military benefits.

Get Aid
step 5

Accessing Veteran Benefits

Contact our veterans coordinator at ktaylor@parkland.edu to help you determine which benefits you are eligible to receive, how to apply for them, and what the rules and regulations of those benefits entail.  Find more information about our veteran services here.

Veteran Services
step 6

Take Assessment Tests

A degree-seeking student must have recent assessment scores in math, English, and reading before registering for classes. There are multiple ways to obtain placement.  Parkland placement tests, recent ACT/SAT scores, recent high school courses and GPA, and previous college work can all be used. ACT/SAT scores as well as high school and college transcripts should all be submitted to Admissions and Records at admissions@parkland.edu. To determine what testing you will need, please contact the Assessment Center.  Until further notice, all placement testing has been moved online and can be completed remotely.

A non-degree seeking student may be asked to show unofficial college transcripts or test scores to meet prerequisites.

If accommodations are needed:

If you have been diagnosed with a disability and would like testing accommodations, please let us know so we may assist you through our Accessibility Services department.

step 7

Register for Classes

If you are a degree-seeking student and haven't completed 30 hours of college-level work at Parkland, you will need to meet with an academic advisor.  For enrollment, students will work online with their academic advisor to set up their scheduling at Advising.  

If you are a non-degree seeking student and would like help with registration, please email registration@parkland.edu.  Registration information can be found here

step 8


All degree-seeking students should review these orientation videos prior to the start of the semester. 

step 9

Pay Tuition

View tuition deadlines here. If necessary, you may pay by installments through our payment plan.

Pay Tuition

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