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You can apply to be a Year Up student if you are:

    • 18-24 years old
    • High school graduate or GED recipient
    • Of low to moderate income
    • A U.S. Citizen, permanent resident, or have an employment authorization card
    • Available 5 days a week (Monday-Friday) for the full year of the program
    • Highly motivated to learn new technical and professional skills
    • Have not obtained a bachelor’s degree

Do you have DACA Status? Year Up strongly supports DACA and welcomes young adults with DACA status. For more information, visit our DACA GUIDANCE page.

Apply for a life-changing experience at Year Up.

Classes begin in March and September. Applications are considered on a rolling basis until the class is filled. We encourage you to apply early as space is limited.

Student Admissions and Success Metrics

Learn more about our student body before you apply.

  • 160 students were accepted into the program between January 1, 2016 and December 31, 2016 (Year Up classes #11 and #12)
  • 0 additional students were admitted through new-start, re-enrollment, or transfers into the program
  • Of the 160 total students:
    • 0 students transferred out of the program
    • 39 students withdrew from the program
    • 121 students are currently still enrolled or graduated
  • Of the 121 program graduates:
    • 106 are employed full-time in their Year Up field of study
    • 106 are employed outside of their field of study
    • 18 are attending college
    • 19 are unemployed and not in school
  • 27 students took a state licensing or professional certification examination, 14 of whom passed
  • 0 of the 106 graduates who are employed in their field of study found employment without Year Up placement assistance
  • The average starting salary for all graduates who are employed is $18/hour


Complaints against Year Up Chicago may be registered with the Illinois Board of Higher Education.

Address: 1 N Old State Capitol Plaza, Springfield, IL 62701
Phone: (212) 557-7359
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