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Congratulations Admitted Students

Erikson Institute welcomes all our on-campus and distance learners to our degree and certificate programs.


Now that you’ve been admitted, here’s a list of the important steps that you need to take before you start your first term.

Communicate with us your acceptance, decline, or deferral of our admission offer by completing the Statement of Intent in your application status portal. Accepting your offer in the Statement of Intent will secure your place in your class. Once you’ve completed the statement, you can pay any applicable fees associated with your matriculation, including a matriculation fee ($200 for new master’s students and $150 for new certificate program students) and a pre-tuition payment for new Child Life students, and students deferring their admission to qualifying programs.

If you have already applied for financial aid, you will have received a financial aid award letter. If you have not yet completed the FAFSA to apply for financial aid, please do so here.

Student loans and Scholarships will post to student accounts one week before the start of each semester. For instance with a start date of September 1st , student can expect to see their scholarships and loans posted by August 25th. Refund checks will then be made available between 7-14 days after the August 25th date.

To better understand your financial aid offer letter, review this narrated presentation on YouTube.

For all questions about financial aid, please contact:
Monique Foster
Senior Associate Director of Financial Aid

For billing, refunds, and other student account questions – Contact Student Accounts

You will have received an email from our Registration team to your personal email account that includes information about how to access your Erikson Computing Credentials.

This account is used for all Erikson resources (Email, my.erikson, Canvas, Library resources via OpenAthens, Wireless network access).

Please review this email for information about:

  • How to reset your temporary password and to enroll in password recovery. Password recovery lets you recover your password if you forget it or are locked out of your account. Click here for instructions.
  • Once you have activated your computing accounts, you will gain access to the full Microsoft Office suite of applications available on Office 365, like Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, and many more. These are available either as web applications online or by downloading desktop versions to your personal computer. You can store documents online in OneDrive.
  • Access Office 365 by logging into with your email address and password.
  • When you are logged in to, use Outlook to access your Email, or add to any smart phone following these instructions.

If you need assistance accessing your email or logging in, please email Tech Help.

Registration takes place on the website.

Log in with your Erikson email and password, then select the Academics tab and on the left navigation select Registration and Course Schedules.

  • Carefully review your letter of admission to Erikson Institute. Make note of the degree program (Child Development, Social Work, Early Childhood Education (Online), Early Childhood Education with Triple Endorsement, or Certificate Program), as well as the length of the program (28-month, 2-year, 3-year) to which you have been admitted.
  • It is very important that you also be sure whether you have been admitted to a concentration (i.e. Infancy, Administration, Child Life, or Bilingual/ESL) since the course sequences will be different for students who are pursuing a concentration.
  • If you have been admitted to the Online MSECE program, your program director and Academic Advisor will work with you to design your program plan. Please email the Academic Advising team if you have any questions about this process.
  • If you have been admitted to a concentration and have decided not to pursue it, please inform the Registration and Student Records office by emailing the Registration and Student Records team and contacting the respective faculty program director as soon as possible. Concentration program directors are listed in the Academics section of My.Erikson.

A registration guide is available here.

If you need assistance registering for classes, please contact Registration and Student Records.

Log on to with your Erikson email address and password. Access and complete the required course Passport to Canvas (Student Training) before the first week of classes to acclimate yourself with the Canvas environment. The course should take approximately two to three hours to complete.

If you need assistance with Canvas, please email email Tech Help. Please note there can be a delay between when you register for classes and when these classes appear in EriksonOnline.

You will have access to your class sections in EriksonOnline (Canvas) two weeks before classes start. At this time, you will have access to course information such as the syllabus, instructor information, textbooks, and grading policies.

Please note there can be a delay between when you register for classes and when these classes appear in EriksonOnline. Just a reminder, use your Erikson email address and password to access your courses.

Textbooks are listed in two places:

  1. When you register for courses on Look for the Course Textbooks link when you are viewing the Course Details page for your class. Visit the FAQ Website for a step–by-step demo.
  2. In your syllabus, which is available on EriksonOnline (Canvas)

It’s a good idea to verify the textbooks listed in my.erikson match what is on the syllabus, and if you are unsure, contact your instructor.

Erikson doesn’t have a campus bookstore, so you can purchase your textbooks from any brick and mortar or online bookstore. To price compare online, you might find the site to be helpful.

The library has some textbooks in the collection, but not all. Approximately two weeks before the semester begins, check for your course in the library catalog to find what’s available in print or online. Students can borrow textbook copies for 30 days and renew them if no one else has placed a hold. License terms vary for eBooks, please check the catalog record.

Contact Registration to receive a CTA Ventra U-Pass for Fall 2023.

For more information about the U-Pass program, please visit the CTA’s website and FAQ page.

All on-campus students are issued a student ID.

Don’t lose your student ID, as it is also your access card to the building at 451 N. LaSalle and your Library card for the Edward Neisser Library.

Send in your photo to [email protected] by August 1, 2023 to ensure timely receipt of your ID and Ventra U-Pass.

Please consult the Photo Guidelines.

If you elect to receive a Ventra U-Pass, the same photo will be used.

The Illinois Department of Public Health requires that all students attending a post-secondary institution show proof of the following immunizations before registering for classes. This requirement only applies to students in on-campus degree programs.

Required Immunizations:

  1. Proof of COVID vaccination
  2. Two doses of a live measles vaccine administered at least one month apart and after first birthday.
  3. Two dose of a live rubella vaccine administered after first birthday.
  4. Two dose of a live mumps vaccine administered after first birthday.
  5. Three doses of Diphtheria, Tetanus and Pertussis (DTP, DTaP, DT, Td or Tdap) containing vaccine. One dose must be Tdap vaccine. The last dose of vaccine must have been within ten years of enrollment.

Please see additional information and download the Immunization Record Form.

Completed forms should be sent via email to [email protected].

COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate for on-campus programs:

Please review the vaccine mandate FAQ and Shared Responsibility documents to learn more about the vaccine requirement at Erikson Institute.


Fall tuition charges and scholarships are posted to your account on Friday, August 11th, 2023.

* Please wait to make any payments for fall until all Erikson scholarships and Department of Education Loans have been applied to your account, see below for exact dates.

Please make sure your mailing address is updated on (See Mailing Address Update Instructions Here) and you have completed the Disbursement Preference Form by Monday August 28th.

Department of Education Loans are posted to your account on Friday August 25th, 2023.

Refund disbursements will begin September 5th – 8th. Should a refund be due to you, you will be notified at your Erikson email address and disbursed using the method you selected on the Disbursement Preference Form.

*Please note that the majority of disbursements will occur this first full week, however disbursements will continue an ongoing basis as activity posted on student accounts results in a refund due. Thank you for your patience as we work to disburse refunds as quickly as we can.

Last Day to Add/Drop and fall tuition is due Friday, September 8th, students may either:

  • Pay in full OR
  • Enroll in Payment Plan and Complete 1st payment

Tuition Payment Methods:

Payment by CC can be made at (See Tuition Payment Instructions Here)

Payment by check can be made out to Erikson Institute and addressed to

Erikson Institute ATTN: Student Accounts
451 N LaSalle St
Chicago IL 60654-4510.

Please write the student name and ID# on the check prior to mailing.

For all questions about financial aid, please contact:
Monique Foster
Senior Associate Director of Financial Aid
Email Monique Foster

For billing, refunds, and other student account questions, please contact:
Susana Balcazar
Student Bursar
Email Student Accounts

The Academic Advising Office provides students with ongoing support throughout the entirety of their program. Your Academic Advisor will work closely with your Program Director and Seminar Leader to periodically check in and plan with you as you progress towards graduation.

Online MSECE and MSCD Core concentration students will work with the advising team to create a program plan based on their interests and goals.

All students in master’s degree or certificate programs are encouraged to connect with the Academic Advising Office to explore options for support, review program plans before each registration period, and ask any questions related to graduate school.

For all questions related to advising, please contact Natalie Dowdell in Advising.

Becoming a competent writer is a critical component of professional development, and writing is an integral part of students’ academic work at Erikson. Students enter Erikson’s certificate and degree programs with different levels of experience with academic writing. The Academic Success Center (ASC) provides writing and study skill support for all on-campus and online students.

The ASC supports students by providing the following services:

The ASC website at
Visit our site to meet our tutors, learn about our services, and access success tips, resources, learning tools and assistive technology.

Online Support
Submit papers and assignments through email for feedback from our tutors. Learn more about this service here.

The Pick Writing Program
Individual and group supports are available to students, including tutor-led peer study groups for many of our core courses.

Summer Writing Course
This free, four-week course meets four weeks prior to the start of the fall semester. It is designed to help you understand the academic demands of a graduate program.

Topics include: How to read for an assignment, how to organize a paper, how to write a coherent narrative, how to create a personal framework for your responses, and where to look for help.

Visit our website for additional information, including how to register.

Please direct questions about this course to Stripe Gandara.

Erikson Institute is fully committed to complying with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Section 504, which states “No otherwise qualified person with a disability shall solely, on the basis of disability, be denied access to, or the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity provided by any institution receiving federal financial assistance.”

Erikson will also comply with other federal, state, and local laws regarding accommodations for any person with a disability. Erikson will neither discriminate against, nor decline to reasonably accommodate, a qualified student or staff member with a disability.

Any student with a disability (or a student who develops a disability) and who needs an accommodation should contact Stripe Gandara, Director of Academic Success, Advising, and Disability Services for further information.

Any student with a disability wishing to request an accommodation should begin the process as early as possible by contacting the disability services director to arrange a meeting.

The student should also download and complete the form for requesting accommodations available in the Student Services section of my.erikson.

New students should initiate the process before the beginning of classes or early in the semester. Remember that it may take several weeks to process a request for accommodation. Requests for accommodation will be considered on a case-by-case basis. What constitutes a “disability” or a “reasonable accommodation” may vary from individual to individual.

The Institute requires appropriate documentation of the disability and of the need for the requested accommodation.

Once you have your Erikson computer credentials, you’ll be able to access a wide variety of resources from the library’s website,

From here, you can access thousands of eBooks, online article databases, streaming media, and other digital resources, as well as connect to us via Chat and search the library’s catalog of physical materials. Your Erikson email address and password are used for access to subscription resources.

Library checkout accounts are necessary for borrowing physical materials, and are created for all new students on or before the date classes open on EriksonOnline (Canvas).  Use your email and password to access your library checkout account here. Your Erikson student ID is also your library card.

Questions? Please contact us

Chat with us on our website:
Email us
Call us at 312-893-7210
Visit us in the library, current hours are posted on the library website:

Visit Erikson’s FAQ website to find the answers to other questions you may have.

For incoming Fall master’s degree students, mandatory New Student Orientation will be held in late August. New Student Orientation will be held in early January for new Spring master’s students. After your admission, watch your email for more information about the exact dates and prerequisites of orientation sessions.