Harper College will be closed on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, Jan. 17. Remote instruction will be extended through the first two weeks of the semester. On-campus offices are closed and student services are being provided virtually through January 29. In-person classes and services will resume January 31. The Health and Recreation Center remains open. Learn more

Women's Program

Harper welcomes you to schedule an in-person appointment. Please see the contact information below for both on-campus and remote availability. We look forward to seeing you.

What We Provide.

Education Planning: Pair up with a Women's Program Academic Advisor. Set your goals. Create your plan. Navigate the college application and registration processes. Get hands-on help every step of the way.

Financial Assistance: Learn about financial aid options and scholarship opportunities. Find out if Women's Program scholarships are available to you.

Ongoing Support: Team up with your Women's Program Academic Advisor. Work together on your plan. Discover college success services. Identify community resources. Build confidence. Reach your goal. 

Are You Eligible?

To be eligible, you need to meet the eligibility criteria and complete the eligibility process to become a participant.

Eligibility Criteria: Participants need to meet low-income guidelines and at least one of the following criteria:

  • Single parent
  • A non-traditional career seeker
  • Woman fleeing domestic (intimate partner) violence
  • Woman with limited English skills pursuing coursework for English as a Second Language (ESL)

Eligibility Process: Call the Women's Program office to learn more about the steps to become a Women's Program participant. 


Frequently Asked Questions.

The Rita and John Canning Women's Program provides grant-funded education, scholarship assistance, and support services for individuals who meet low-income guidelines and are one of the following: woman fleeing (intimate partner) domestic violence, single parent, a non-traditional career seeker, or a woman pursuing English as a Second Language (ESL) coursework. 

Services include educational planning, help securing scholarship assistance for tuition, fees and books, referrals to campus and community resources, and ongoing case management support while in school.

Contact the Women's Program by phone at 847-925-6558 or by email at womensprogram@harpercollege.edu

Women's Program participants must intend to become students at Harper College.

Yes, but the program is not able to cover out-of-district tuition fees. Find out if you qualify for in-district tuition fees by checking these links:  Edvantage,   Joint Agreement.

Yes, if they meet the eligibility requirements.

Our scholarships, limited and subject to grant guidelines, may help pay for your tuition, fees and books. Meet with an advisor to determine your eligibility, availability of scholarships and apply for scholarships.



We are currently taking proactive measures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please do not visit the college. We are providing services by email. Visit harpercollege.edu/advisory for updated information about the Harper College COVID-19 response and services plan.

Map of Building D, Room D111e

Contact Us

The Rita and John Canning Women's Program
Building D D111e

In-Person Office HoursMonday: 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.Tuesday: 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Wednesday: 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.Remote Office HoursThursday: 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.Friday: 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.Call for virtual appointments



Last Updated: 1/3/22