Tuition and Fees

Tuition and fees are subject to change through actions of the CLC Board of Trustees or changes in the calculation of out-of-district fees in accordance with the state formula. Regular tuition and fees effective for Fall 2023 are as follows:



per credit hour



Comprehensive Fees*  


Total In-District Tuition and Fees         



per credit hour



Comprehensive Fees*   


Total Out-of-District Tuition and Fees


Out-of-State &

International Resident

per credit hour



Comprehensive Fees*


Total Out-of-State Tuition and Fees


Online Courses

per credit hour

Online Course Fee


* Comprehensive Fees


Technology Fee


Instructional Equipment Fee


JLC Theatre Fee


Student Senate


Student Activity Fee


Master Plan


Site Improvement


Student Success Initiative Fee


Operating Fund Fee


Tuition and fees for non-credit courses (courses that do not lead to a state-approved degree or certificate) cover the cost of instruction. No state or local tax monies are used to support these courses. Out-of-district and out-of-state tuition is determined on a semester basis. Please refer to the current class schedule for this information.

The College of Lake County reserves the right to assign “variable tuition” for some high-cost programs. Variable tuition rates may vary by program and will generally include additional tuition costs for individual courses within selected career programs. Programs with variable tuition rates will be noted within the course schedule.

For more information on the Cost to Attend CLC, please see our Financial Information page .


Students are classified according to residency status at the time of admission to the college for purposes of tuition assessment and enrollment.

Proof of Residency

Evidence of district residency shall be based on ownership and/or occupancy of a dwelling in Community College District #532 and may be verified by displaying one of the following current/unexpired forms of identification:

•   Illinois driver’s license or ID card issued by Illinois Secretary of State Office

•   Illinois voter ID card


By displaying two of the following, which must display the student’s name and current address:

•   lease

•   mortgage or home purchase contract

•   auto registration

•   tax bill

•   paycheck stub

•   official mail of current bill statements such as cell phone, utility, credit card, auto insurance

Residents of the College District

Students who are at least 18 years of age and who have occupied a dwelling within Community College District #532 for at least 30 days prior to the first day of the semester of enrollment at CLC are considered “in district.” There are some communities within Lake County that CLC only serves a portion of its residents. If you reside on a community college border, your property tax bill or voter registration card will identify your community college.

Residents of Illinois, Out-of-District Students

An out-of-district student is one who resides in Illinois but is not a resident of Community College District #532 as defined above. Lake County, Illinois residents living within the Barrington public high school district are classified as out-of-district Illinois resident students.

 Out-of-State Residents

An out-of-state resident is one who has not lived within Illinois for at least 30 days prior to the beginning of the semester, or has declared his/her permanent residence to be outside the state of Illinois.

Special Tuition Categories

The following categories have special tuition rates based upon their particular status.

Senior Citizen Tuition

All in-district residents who are 60 years of age or older at the start of the semester may enroll in credit courses offered by the college at one-half the regular tuition rate with all other fees remaining unchanged. Vocational credit courses (1.6 vocational credit) offered by Professional Development also qualify for the one-half tuition discount with all other fees remaining unchanged. The senior citizen waiver does not apply to Personal Enrichment classes. All residents of the college district who are 65 years of age or older at the time of registration and who qualify financially according to Illinois Statute may enroll in credit courses (Professional Development and Personal Enrichment courses are not included) offered by the college without paying tuition or activity fees. Applications for the Senior Citizen Tuition Waiver are available in the Welcome and One Stop Center, Room B114, Grayslake Campus or online at

Business Educational Service Agreement

Students who live outside of the CLC district and are currently employed full time (35 or more hours per week) by an entity located in the college’s district may enroll at CLC under the Business Educational Service Agreement and pay the current in-district tuition rate, including prevailing comprehensive fee, regardless of their place of residence. Completed agreement and company ID or payroll stub are required as proof of employment. For more information, contact the Welcome and One Stop Center at (847) 543-2061.

In-District Military Personnel Tuition

Military personnel who are citizens of the United States and who are on extended active duty in one of the uniformed services of the U.S. and who are stationed and present in Community College District #532 in connection with that service, will receive the current in-district tuition rate including the prevailing activity fee by displaying a valid U.S. uniformed services identification card. Spouses and children of such military personnel are also eligible for the in-district tuition rate.

 In compliance with state and federal law, the following benefits qualify for In-district tuition rate:

•  CH33 Post 9-/11 GI Bill

•  CH31 Veteran Readiness and Employment

• VR&E – Formerly Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment

•  CH30 Montgomery GI Bill

•  Illinois Veteran Grant (IVG)

•  Illinois National Guard Grant (ING)

•  Illinois MIA/POW Scholarship (IMP)

To utilize benefits, the individual must turn in a copy of their Certificate of Eligibility (CoE) to Veteran Student Services and submit a formal request for certification by completing the Veterans Request for Certification Form (electronic) in the student portal at the MyStudentCenter.

In addition to submitting the online Request for Certification form, if you are using federal benefits you must complete the application process directly with the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) at to request the benefit and if you are using state benefits, you must complete the application process directly with the Illinois Student Assistance Commission at

Cost to Attend CLC

Many full-time students want to know what it will cost to attend CLC for an entire year. To help answer that question, the college has developed two standardized budgets for the 2020-21 school year. There may be minor variations in these numbers due to tuition increases or changes in federal guidelines. For changes in these figures, visit the Budget for Attending CLC section on the CLC website. Listed below are various fees and payment options for students.

Course Fees

Course fees are charged for some courses that incur extraordinary expenses for consumable supplies used by students or that have an unusual delivery system, e.g. private lessons.

Variable Tuition

Variable tuition is charged for some courses to offset the costs of these higher cost programs. Variable tuition is currently charged for courses in nursing, dental hygiene and massage therapy.

Additional Fees

Additional student expenses may be incurred for specific classes or specialized instruction as indicated in the current semester schedule of classes.

Commencement Fees

A commencement fee, which includes cap, gown and diploma cover purchase, is assessed to each student who registers to participate in the commencement exercises. The college issues the diploma free of charge, and it is mailed approximately six to eight weeks after the degree or certificate has been conferred.

Method of Payment/Installment Plan

Students may pay for tuition and fees online using e-Check (automated debit to a personal checking or savings account) or by using a credit card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover or American Express). Students may also pay at the Welcome and One Stop Center, Room B114, Grayslake Campus using cash, check, money order or credit card. Checks and money orders may also be mailed to the Student Accounting Office. CLC offers an Installment Payment Plan for scheduled payments during the semester. For details on the payment plan see “Paying for College” at

Approximate Student Budget for Students Not Living with Parent

Tuition and Fees


Books and Supplies


Room and Board


Personal Expenses








Approximate Student Budget for Students Living with Parents

Tuition and Fees


Books and Supplies


Room and Board


Personal Expenses






The costs listed above are based on attending two semesters (14 credit hours per semester) at in-district tuition rates. See also the out-of-district and out-of-state tuition rates to compute the tuition and fee components of your projected budget. Use these budgets as a tool to calculate your educational expenses. Keep in mind that they are average costs. Your actual costs will vary according to your tuition rate, the number of credit hours you take, the books you will need to purchase/rent and your living arrangements.

Drop for Non-Payment

Students who do not make payment arrangements by their due date are subject to being dropped from all classes. Students who set up an installment payment plan, pay 40% or more of their balance due, or have a balance due of $500 or less will not be dropped for nonpayment. The dates for the “drop for non-payment” process are publicized in the Schedule of Classes and on the website. The college will attempt to notify students who are dropped for non-payment, but it remains the student’s responsibility to check enrollment status.

Students who are dropped by this process before the term starts are eligible to re-enroll if seats are available. They must make payment arrangements by the new due date assigned. Students may not attend classes if they are not officially enrolled.

Students who are dropped by this process after the class has started may be reinstated. In order to be reinstated in the same classes, a student must contact the course instructor or division to receive class permission to enroll. Students who receive class permissions are responsible for enrolling themselves.

Note: Students are not automatically dropped from non-credit classes. Continuing education students who do not officially withdraw from a class by the established drop date remain responsible for payment of all tuition and fees.

NEW! VA Federal Benefit recipients using Chapter 31 (VR&E) or Chapter 33

In accordance with Title 38 US Code 3679 subsection (e), College of Lake County adopts the following additional provisions for any students using U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) Post9/11 G.I. Bill® (Ch. 33) or Veteran Readiness and (Ch. 31) benefits, while payment to the institution is pending from the VA. This school will not:

• Prevent the student’s enrollment;

• Assess a late penalty fee to;

• Require student secure alternative or additional funding;

• Deny their access to any resources (access to classes, libraries, or other institutional facilities) available to other students who have satisfied their tuition and fee bills to the institution. However, to qualify for this provision, such students may be required to:

• Provide Chapter 33 Certificate of Eligibility (or its equivalent) or for Chapter 31, VA VR&E’s contract with the school with an eAuthorization/PO (Purchase Order) number through Tungsten by the first day of class.

 Note: Chapter 33 students can register at the VA Regional Office to use E-Benefits to get the equivalent of a Chapter 33 Certificate of Eligibility. Chapter 31 student cannot get a completed eAuthorization/PO (or any equivalent) before the VA VR&E case-manager issues it to the school.

•  Provide written or electronic request to be certified;

•  Provide additional information needed to properly certify the enrollment as described in other institutional policies.”

Refund Policy

Students are responsible for officially dropping classes they do not intend to complete. Tuition and fee refunds will be issued to eligible students who officially drop on or before the drop deadline for the class. The date of the drop

is a student administration system assigned and recorded date and is determined by the successful completion of the drop transaction.

 Note: Specific non-credit courses may require drops to be made up to 7 business days prior to the class date for a refund to be issued.

Refund Schedule

Multiple-day Classes

Drop on or before start of class

100% refund

Drop before 15% of class days pass

100% refund

Drop after 15% of class days pass

No refund

One-day Classes

Drop the day before class  

100% refund

Drop on or after the day of class

No refund

A full refund of tuition and fees is granted if the college cancels a class. When academically advisable, the administration may approve full or partial refunds of tuition or fees when students exchange one course for another. When a student is unable to attend class due to uncontrollable and unforeseen circumstances such as extended hospitalization, a prorated tuition and fee refund may be made based upon a documented appeal. The appeal form may be obtained from the Welcome and One Stop Center and must be received no later than 60 days after the end of the semester.

Financial Obligation

All unpaid tuition and fees after the final due date will be subject to the collection procedures of the college, including placing holds on future registration, withholding transcripts and lastly, referring the matter to a collection agency and the Illinois Debt Recovery Program.