All au pairs must attend an accredited institution of higher learning = college and earn 6 credits during their program year.
Some classes, like ESL (English as a Second Language) are not for credit classes.
In that case 6 credits = 72 classroom hours. Your Community Counselor can help you calculate the classroom hours.
Before you sign up for classes, check with your Community Counselor to make sure the class is accepted. Make sure you also understand the process to sign up for classes. In many cases, you will need to apply for admission to the college (you may need your social security number before you can apply) and take a placement test to determine the level at which you are speaking English.
Host families are only obligated for the cost of your education (books and tuition) to a total of $500.00 for your 12-month program year. If you take a class that does not satisfy the
educational requirement of the program, that class is at your cost. If you take a class or two where the total books and tuition cost is above $500.00, the dollar amount above $500.00 is the aupair’s responsibility.
The City where the main college campus is located is listed in parenthesis. Check the college’s website for other locations. Be aware that attending a college outside of your district will result in increased tuition. The host family is only responsible for up to $500.00 and any cost above that $500.00 is the aupair’s responsibility. Check with your host family to see in which district your host family resides.
College of DuPage (Glen Ellyn) www.home.cod.edu
College of Lake County (Grayslake) www.clcillinois.edu
Harper College (Palatine) www.goforward.harpercollege.edu
McHenry Community College (Crystal Lake) www.mchenry.edu
Oakton Community College (Skokie) www.oakton.edu
Solex College (Chicago) www.solex.edu
Triton Community College (River Grove) www.triton.edu