Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Prairie State College has moved to a virtual campus. Click for the latest updates.

Student Services
Navigating Our Virtual Campus
Navigating our Virtual Campus

At Prairie State College, we understand that navigating a virtual campus is a very new experience for many, including us. But, we are committed to helping our students succeed and finish the semester strong. Please know that the faculty, staff and administration are here to help you. Do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or concerns.

Visit our Student Affairs Continuity Plan for contact information based on a variety of topics you might already have questions about. Included in this list is information for Non-Credit and Continuing Education operations as well. If your concern is about a topic not addressed within those contacts, please reach out to stayinformed@prairiestate.edu, and someone will get back to you as soon as possible.

Enrollment Services

Prairie State campuses are currently closed to the public in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, but we will continue to process applications for enrollment and register students for upcoming terms. Click here to take the next step in becoming or continuing on as a Pioneer.


Desire2Learn, D2L, is Prairie State College’s learning management system. D2L allows faculty to share resources, collect assignments and provide feedback to students. Watch the following tutorial, D2L Overview, to learn about how to navigate D2L, get 24/7/365 help, get the tools to access documents and information, submit assignments, participate in discussions, take quizzes and check your progress.

When you first log on to D2L, you will land on the College home page. On the right side of the screen is the Brightspace Support widget. Click on the link for email to get help via email or click on chat support click here to get immediate help.

To access your course, scroll down the page and click on the course in My Courses. The tools in all courses have a navigation bar at the top of the screen, which will enable you to access content, send faculty an email, participate in discussions and submit assignments. It is strongly recommended that you use the Chrome browser when accessing D2L. Visit the D2L Students page to learn about the technology.



Current students can add or drop classes, check account balances and view classes available in the summer semester.



Students can pay for courses or set up a payment plan.

Free Microsoft Office 365

Prairie State College is eligible for free Microsoft 365 Online. Microsoft Office 365 is an online version of the traditional installed version of Microsoft Office software; and includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, and OneNote for Windows or Macintosh, as well as tablets or phones. This software can be accessed from almost anywhere with an internet connection because it is not downloaded to your device.

Click here to get your free copy of Office 365 (Free)

Enter your Prairie State College email address.

Click "Sign up".

You will receive an email with instructions to register and log into the Office 365 Online website. See system requirements for Office 365.

Need Help with Office 365?

If you run into problems, contact Microsoft for a virtual chat or call 1-800-865-9408. Additional Information for Office 365 for Mobile Devices.

Free Internet Access

Free internet access from Comcast

Comcast is offering new customers 60 days of complimentary Internet Essentials service. Learn more.


The PSC Foundation awards need-based scholarships to students to help bridge the gap between what students receive from financial aid and what they can actually afford. Learn more or apply for a scholarship online now.


Barnes & Noble College Bookstore free shipping and ebook access

The Barnes & Noble College Bookstore is offering free shipping on online orders, as well as FREE ebook access for the remainder of the spring 2020 semester. Visit https://prairie.bncollege.com/shop/prairie/home to learn more.

Graduating Students

Are you completing your degree/certificate at the end of the spring 2020 or summer 2020 semester?

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(Note: Additional fees apply)