Welcome to ABE – Accelerated Bridge to Education2019-07-01T13:32:36-05:00

The Accelerated Bridge to Education (ABE) Program is dedicated to providing the most flexible and affordable bachelor’s degree programs in Central Illinois. You can earn your bachelor’s degree one or two nights per week supplemented by online learning in a program designed for working adults and other non-traditional students. Finish your degree while maintaining your career and personal life!

As an Adult Learning Focused Institution, Lincoln College’s adult degree programs have exceeded national benchmarks of effectiveness in serving adult learners in higher education. Our commitment to access in adult learning drives our continual effort to offer the best bachelor’s degree programs for adults in Central Illinois.

Flexible.  Affordable.  Outstanding!


  • Earn up to 27 credit hours per year, by attending one class one night a week over a five-week session or go to school full-time by taking two courses in each eight week session (up to 36 credit hours per year) with each class meeting one night per week supplemented by online learning.
  • Need to step out for five or eight weeks when life happens?  Go ahead, then jump back in for the next session.
  • Designed as a year-round program to accelerate your journey to earn your bachelor’s degree.
  • Multiple locations including Normal, Peoria at the North Campus of Illinois Central CollegeOglesby on the Illinois Valley Community College campus, and business courses at the Lincoln College campus in Lincoln, Illinois.
  • Formats to meet the needs of working adults including new Online via Webcam courses toward several degrees


  • Tuition is only $330 per credit hour
  • No application fee and no hidden fees
  • 1/3 less than combined tuition and fees at public universities in central Illinois
  • Full-tuition State Farm Foundation Scholarships for those who live or work in McLean County and meet eligibility criteria
  • Year-round program takes advantage of additional Pell grant funds when you earn 6 or more credits in the summer
  • Convenient payment plans available


  • Dedicated faculty who understand the pressure of working and attending college
  • Faculty bring real world experience to the classroom and complete an eight week certification program on how to teach accelerated hybrid courses to adult students
  • Your academic advisor guides you through the entire program from start to finish
  • Credit for prior learning assessment for your work related certifications is available
  • Best of both worlds in each course combining the convenience of online learning with lively discussions with other working adults in the classroom

To get started, you can either explore our site, request information, or apply today for free.