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Many of us have faced difficult challenges and times of uncertainty during these past couple of years. Financial stresses were at the top of the list for many families. Follow these tips to keep your college goals on track.

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Joshua Emeka Emeruem sees Harper as the foundation for his career in graphic design.

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Gain an accurate understanding of the financial aid application process by reviewing common myths and learning the facts.

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Watch this short video and learn about Harper's ESL endorsement for certified teachers and the TESOL certificate for those who want to teach English to speakers of other languages.

October 01, 2021

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The 2022-2023 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) opened October 1, 2021. By applying early, you will be considered for the maximum number of financial aid awards.

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Check out poetry, short stories and visual arts submitted by Harper students in the 2020-21 edition of Point of View, Harper College's award-winning arts and literary magazine.

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Fall classes begin next week and we can't wait to see you in the classroom, whether on campus or online. Here's what you need to know.

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August 12, 2021

Joaquina, engineering student at Harper

Joaquina's was class president and the top of her class. Hear why she chose to start at the Harper Pathways to Engineering program over the top-ranked engineering schools she got accepted to.

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Go behind the scenes of Harper's 2021 Student Fashion Show, Unmasked, with these images.

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Harper Graphic Arts student Konstantina Tsonis designed the poster for Harper's 2021 fashion show, “Unmasked: Spirit of the Times.” Here are ten questions with Konstantina.

UIUC Student Max Mauschbaugh

Max Mauschbaugh, a 19-year-old sophomore at UIUC, took advantage of the remote learning environment to take his physics class at Harper this spring.

Kathy Coy

Dr. Kathy Coy, director of institutional research, was a few months shy of her 30th birthday when she took her first college course. She enrolled at the College of DuPage because she had made a promise to herself to go to college before she turned 30. “If I make a promise, I will move heaven and earth to do it,” said Kathy, “even if it is a promise to myself.”

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Check out the chemistry lab at Harper College with professors Julie Ellefson and Dr. Karen Dailey.

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It’s no secret: Students who start at Harper and transfer can save up to $63,000 on the cost of their bachelor's degree. We asked a handful of Harper students what they would do with an extra $63,000.

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This year, Election Day (Tuesday, Nov. 3) has been declared a state holiday. While Harper College and other colleges/schools will be closed, students as young as 16 years old have the opportunity to serve as election judge, a paid position.

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Every year, September marks Suicide Prevention Month, which is a month dedicated to discussing suicide prevention, mental health resources and bringing awareness to warning signs. In addition, September 6 - 12, 2020 marks National Suicide Prevention Week. While talking about suicide can sometimes feel like a taboo topic in society, it's important and necessary to be aware of the warning signs and ways in which we can talk openly and honestly about suicide in order to help reduce stigma and potentially save lives.

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Over the years, you helped me delve into subjects I loved, like geology and noir fiction. I found new subjects that ignited my curiosity, like astronomy. I also found subjects that, shall we say, I will not pursue further.

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As we begin a new semester, let’s not forget that we have the ability to help students start off on a positive note.

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Harper Faculty on the Remote Learning Essentials Harper Stories Here we are at the start of a new adventure. This isn’t the semester that any of us had in mind, but no matter who you are or what you’re feeling, we are here to support you every step of the way. Not only does that support come in the form of virtual tutoring, advising and counseling services – it’s here whenever you need it from our awesome faculty. To get you started on the right foot, Harper faculty came together to share the five essential items for succeeding in a remote learning environment.

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COVID-19 is a pandemic that changed the sense of normalcy in many aspects of life, including education. Often, education is an in-person experience with hands-on and observation opportunities, so that students see first-hand how things work. Here are some tips and strategies to support your college student during this time.

Last Updated: 7/13/22