Dunham Fund Quick Path Degree Program

Earn your associate degree in just one year — tuition-free!

students walk along a path on campus

Funded by a $500,000 grant from the Aurora-based Dunham Fund, this innovative, accelerated program provides the coursework and extra support necessary for students to earn a fully transferable associate degree (with a business emphasis) in just one year — all tuition-free. Courses run in eight-week blocks and are delivered in both the traditional face-to-face format, as well as a hybrid style that combines face-to-face meetings with online instruction.

Program Benefits
In order to maximize chances for success and allow a true focus on studies, Dunham Quick Path students will receive: 

  • free tuition and textbooks
  • an allowance
  • a computer
  • lunches
  • structured support

Eligibility Requirements

  • Possess a high level of commitment and motivation to complete this accelerated degree.
  • Demonstrate financial need.
  • Demonstrate college readiness through a minimum 3.0 high school grade point average (GPA requirement waived if out of high school for more than three years) and placement in college-level courses. Learn more about course placement at Waubonsee.
  • Indicate interest in using the associate degree to transfer to a four-year school and earn a bachelor's degree or enter the workforce.
  • Live within the Dunham Fund service area, defined as the geography bounded on the north by Illinois State Route 38 and on the south by U.S. Route 34; on the east by Illinois State Route 59 and on the west by Illinois State Route 47.
  • Be eligible for Waubonsee Community College's in-district tuition. See Residency Requirements for more information.

Learn More

Sean Warren-Crouch
Dunham Fund Project Manager
(630) 466-5757