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Applying to Illinois during the CPS strike? Here’s what you need to know.

If you attend a Chicago Public School and are hoping to meet our early action deadline of November 1, 2019, I’m here to provide some reassurance related to our application process.

The first bit of good news is this: You’re going to provide almost all of the information we need for your application yourself.

You’ll self-report both your courses and test scores, meaning we don’t need your high school to send us your transcript. We also don’t consider letters of recommendation. This means the only thing we may need from your counselor is a fee waiver, if you’re eligible for one.

That’s where the second bit of good news comes in: If you’re eligible for a fee waiver, you can still apply before our early action deadline of November 1, and your counselor can submit your fee waiver upon their return.

Our office will continue to monitor the status of the strike. If necessary, we’ll be making exceptions for fee waivers submitted after November 1, 2019 so you’ll still be considered for early action.

A quick note: If you’re eligible for an application fee waiver, please do not submit payment when you apply. In this case, we can’t refund you, even we receive your waiver later.

I hope this has helped to relieve any stress you may have had. If you have more questions, please don’t hesitate to email our office or call us at 217-333-0302. We’re always here to help!



Senior Associate Director of Recruitment & Outreach, Undergraduate Admissions
I'm here to help high school students and their families navigate the college search process. An Illinois alumnus (LAS ’02), I had the honor to play football for the Orange and Blue.

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