Honors Program Tuition Waiver

50 tuition waivers are available to highly qualified students selected by a faculty-staff committee on the basis of a competitive application process. The tuition waiver is for up to 64 credit hours and does not include books or fees. Applicants for the tuition waiver must be an in-district student who has not yet earned an associate or bachelor degree and must be a full-time student (a minimum of 12 credit hours in each Fall and Spring semester).


The tuition waiver process is competitive and based on ACT or SAT scores and other factors including but not limited to: high school GPA, extra-curricular involvement, a letter of interest and recommendations.

Score Requirements:

Candidates must be an in-district student who has not yet earned an associate or bachelor degree.

To remain in the program, Honors students must maintain a full-time course load, a GPA of cumulative 3.5 or better and must enroll in two Honors sections of general education courses per semester.

How to Apply

To be considered for the Tuition Waiver, complete the application process below.

  1. Any student new to ICC needs to apply to ICC before you complete your Honors application.
  2. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by the Honors Program deadline. Entrance into the program is not related to financial need.
  3. Complete the Honors Program Tuition Waiver Application.
  4. Honors Program Recommendation Form, submit at least one Recommendation Form. We recommend that you provide this form (or a copy of it) to a teacher or someone who can best comment on your academic performance and potential for success in our Honors Program. One recommendation may provide enough information for our selection committee. However, you may submit up to three recommendation forms with accompanying letters.
  5. Personal Statement
    In no more than 300 words, respond to the following prompt: “Why do you want to be a part of ICC’s Honors Program? How will the Honors Program help you to achieve your academic goals, career goals, and/or other goals?”
  6. *Official high school (including SAT or ACT score with date test taken and cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale) and *college transcripts (including dual credit coursework). Send transcripts directly to Dr. Aaron James. Do not submit transcripts to ICC Admissions.

The recommendation forms, personal statement, high school, and college transcripts need to be mailed directly to:

Honors Program Coordinator

Dr. Aaron James,

Illinois Central College

Honors Program, 316C

1 College Drive East Peoria, IL 61635

Be sure to submit all pieces of your application as stated above. If a component of the application is missing, your application will be incomplete and may not be considered in the applicant pool.


Fall SemesterFebruary 15th
Spring SemesterNovember 1st