In 1867, thanks to the Morrill Land-Grant Colleges Act signed by Abraham Lincoln, Illinois established their first state university on the prairie and established a long history of providing higher education for the working people. Since then state schools and private institutions have sprung up around the state to serve the needs of all types of learners. As cities like Chicago grew, soldiers returned from WW2 and other events molded the state over time, the educational networks have adapted to the times.
Most recently a vast array of private and public online options have become available to the busy modern student who needs to learn on the go! The University of Illinois alone offers 75 online degrees, certificates and endorsement programs. Traditional college students may attend one of the big state schools, smaller state college campuses or one of the multitude of community colleges scattered around the states. There are also several private school options in Illinois. One of the most well known and surprisingly one of the most affordable is Northwestern University in Evanston. They provide $174,000,000 in financial aid annually to students thanks to successful alumni! Regardless of location or time constraints there is an educational option for everyone in the Prairie State.
The Essential Guide to Online Education in the USA: