The Elmhurst Promise

At Elmhurst University, we are dedicated to ensuring that higher education remains within reach for all aspiring students.

Our commitment to affordability shapes our every decision as we strive to make college not just a dream, but a reality for those interested in Elmhurst. We understand the financial challenges that students and their families face, and it is our privilege to create pathways that lead to success without the burden of overwhelming debt. Join us at Elmhurst University, where affordability and educational excellence go hand in hand.

The Chicago Promise | Chicago Transfer Promise | DACA


The Chicago Promise

The scholarship will cover 50% of tuition costs for up to four years of undergraduate study at Elmhurst University. Scholarship recipients will also have access to academic and career support services, including tutoring, mentorship and internship opportunities.

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for this scholarship, students must have graduated from a Chicago Public School and must meet the academic requirements for admission to Elmhurst University. They must also demonstrate financial need and a commitment to serving their community through volunteering or other activities.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must be Pell eligible
  • Must have a cumulative unweighted GPA of 2.75
  • Must have test scores of 19 (ACT) or 980 (SAT) or provide a college-level essay on a given topic

Application Process

There is no additional action required by the student to apply for this scholarship. Start your application to Elmhurst University now by clicking the button below.


Contact the Office of Admission for more details at [email protected] or (630) 617-3400.

Chicago Transfer Promise

Elmhurst University is a proud partner of the City Colleges of Chicago. With a common goal of accessibility to higher education we work together to ensure a seamless transfer from the City Colleges of Chicago to Elmhurst University while keeping affordability in mind. As such, we are pleased to offer the following scholarships to CCC students.

Star Transfer Scholarship: $2,000 Annually

  • Membership in Star Scholars Program at one of the City Colleges of Chicago
  • Cumulative transfer GPA of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale at the time of application
To Be Considered
  • Identify your Star Scholars membership on your application for admission

Star Plus Program Scholarship Accepted by Elmhurst University: $5,000 Annually

  • Offered by the City Colleges of Chicago
  • Can be stacked on top of scholarship offered by Elmhurst University
  • Complete an Associate Degree
  • Transfer for a spring term start date
  • Membership in Star Scholars Program at one of the City Colleges of Chicago
  • Complete the Star Plus application process
  • For more information contact the Star Scholars Program at the City Colleges of Chicago or your academic advisor

City Colleges of Chicago Award: $2,000 Annually

  • Transfer student from one of the seven City Colleges of Chicago to Elmhurst University

*Scholarships are stackable and can build on top of what is offered in merit scholarship and other scholarship offered by Elmhurst University.

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Undocumented Student Resources

For DACA and undocumented students seeking higher education, we understand the unique challenges you face. At Elmhurst University, we are committed to breaking barriers and ensuring access to quality education. That’s why we promise to offer eligible DACA and undocumented students at least half of their tuition costs in Elmhurst scholarship funding.

Our dedicated team is here to guide you through the admission process and provide comprehensive support throughout your academic journey. From financial aid assistance to specialized counseling, we are committed to empowering you to achieve your educational goals.

Explore our programs, connect with our supportive community, and envision a future filled with opportunities. Your journey starts here at Elmhurst University, where education knows no boundaries.

Eligibility Criteria

  • You are undocumented and came to the United States before November 1, 2018, and have continuously lived in the United States since then or have DACA or TPS
  • Came to the United States before the age of 16 (if you were born in the U.S. – you are not eligible)
  • Have significant unmet financial need
  • Have graduated or will graduate from a United States high school (or have earned or will earn a high school equivalency diploma) before the fall of 2024

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