Academic English Language Program

The AELP is a higher-level English language program designed to help you prepare for college-level classes.

How do I apply to the AELP?

To enroll in the AELP, you'll need to meet with us. Call or email us to make an appointment.

Are there enrollment requirements?

You must be at least 17 years old and meet English proficiency requirements to participate in the AELP.

Your eligibility also depends on your permanent address and your visa type if you are in the United States on a visa. If you have an international student visa (F1), you must apply through Heartland's international admission process.

Please contact us for specific questions about your eligibility.

What classes are available?

AELP offers Academic Reading, Writing and Oral Communication.

Other offered classes focus on how to achieve success in your college and career.

What is the class schedule?

You'll plan your class schedule when you come to your enrollment appointment.

Classes are offered in the fall, spring and summer semesters and daytime or evening hours may be available.

AELP classes generally meet for two hours twice a week. Most students enroll in more than one class each semester. You should plan to be in class for 8-15 hours each week.

How do I complete the AELP?

You'll receive grades from in-class assignments, homework and exams in your courses. If you pass a class, you advance to the next level. Once you pass the final level with a grade of C or better, you are able to enter college-level classes at Heartland. You can repeat courses if necessary.

Throughout the program, teachers and staff will help you set goals and plan for your next step. Most AELP students go on to complete college classes, certificates and degrees.

How much does the AELP cost?

U.S. citizens and other local residents may be eligible for tuition-free classes. For other students, tuition rates depend on your permanent address and your visa type if you are in the United States on a visa. Please contact us for more details about your specific case.

Contact Us

Heartland Community College
Student Commons Building, 1000
1500 W. Raab Road
Normal, IL 61761

Para información en español: 309-268-8185.