Direct to Success Program (D2S)

What is it?

The Direct to Success Program (D2S) provides students, upon completion of their associates degree, the support, programs, services, and affordability to continue their education in a National Louis University (NLU) bachelor’s degree program and accelerate toward career success. Participation in this program offers students great benefits including the Direct to Success Scholarship Program, a 25% value of NLU tuition.


Key benefits to the National Louis University Direct to Success Program (D2S) are:

Generous Credit Transfer and Seamless Transfer Experience

A dedicated Community College Success Team will advise the student all the way through completion of the associate’s degree, successfully transferring with generous credit aligned with the Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI), and through graduation at National Louis University.

Convenient, Predictable Schedule

Our full-time academic course sequence enables graduation within two years with maximum application of financial aid benefits. This convenient and predictable scheduling is tailored to working adults and blends the best of online and on campus modalities, with students having day-time, evening/weekend, and online course options.

Career Acceleration

At National Louis University, integrated career development keeps a student focused on career objectives throughout the completion of the bachelor’s degree. A dedicated Career Advisor and the opportunity to participate in the Braven Career Accelerator, a best in class career development program, accelerates the student toward the main objective; launching a career!

Support to Succeed

Smaller class sizes, typically under 30, are fueled by active learning and taught by expert faculty. They are complemented with a structured, co-curricular third year experience to ensure a smooth transition into NLU and a dedicated Transfer Student Support Center with academic and wrap around support for students with any schedule.

Inclusive Community

National Louis University is a diverse and transfer-friendly school community dedicated to social belonging, racial equity, and empowering student voices through engagement.

Participation Details

To be eligible for the D2S Scholarship, students must meet all graduation requirements for the associate’s degree at Oakton and have achieved a 2.0 GPA and successfully transferred to National Louis University within one year of graduation from Oakton. To maintain the scholarship, students must complete the NLU bachelor’s degree requirements within three years of the first start of NLU classes.


National Louis University
Dawn Barreto-Brown
Outreach Development Specialist

To make an appointment with an Oakton Academic Advisor please contact:

Des Plaines campus
1600 E. Golf Road, Room 1861

Skokie campus
7701 N. Lincoln Ave., Room A100